In order to properly maintain a balance between a film’s visual effects, sets, and plotline, many directors and producers will utilize the “storyboarding” technique. Hence, this is our topic this week on CINEMA: COUNTERPOINT.
One might consider Hitchcock as prime advocate of storyboarding in his films. Hitchcock basically looked at storyboarding as an artistic process of filmmaking. As the script was the guide, the storyboarding was the path paved towards creating the visual aspects of the film.
When beginning the process of storyboarding, directors must consider the creative as well as the fantastic (fantasy) aspect of the film in full detail. Angles, colors, lighting and movement within the frame become paramount to the storyboarding process if the final visual is to have a heavy impact on the audience.
Understanding now that storyboards are the visuals of the written script, let’s discuss a bit of the details of what goes into storyboarding. Computer art designs and programs are often used in many of the films today with such tremendous effects and imagery. Storyboards that are drawn by the hand are usually done in black and white. However, many of today’s animated films utilize color palates with computer design software.
In sum, we can positively say that storyboards are the visual interpretation of the script that, in turn can only make the written word explode off the screen. The key is to draw an image that is a proper interpretation of the story that was intended to be, while keeping key cinematic aspects and techniques in mind.
|Storyboard of the helicopter sequence from APOCALYPSE NOW|
|Walt Disney reviewing STEAMBOAT WILLIE|
|Storyboards from NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN|
|Art to Film process for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK|
|Detailed boards for Pixar's FINDING NEMO|