Storyboards

Drawing storyboards helps filmmakers to plan what will be needed once filming starts, important for animation or live action. This unusual widescreen storyboard template includes a ‘top-down’ view. We find it prompts us to think in 3 dimensions, suggesting character or camera moves.

Storyboard with top view
©thestoryboardartist.com

The camera view is represented by a triangle, and in this Star Wars Troopers fan movie example, you can see that there are a couple of stormtroopers and an addition Jawa just out of shot. Perhaps one or more will run into the scene, or the camera could pan right to show them, or dolly/zoom out to a wider shot to include all of the protagonists… (Conventional storyboard templates can lead to a kind of flat ‘Punch and Judy’ approach with characters simply arriving and leaving on the left or right edges).

4 storyboard screens, each 16:9 HD ratio on landscape on either A3 paper or A4 paper like this:

Simple storyboard template 6 up on portrait

Storyboard examples: W&G | IratePirate | thestoryboardartist.com

www.animationmeat.com/pdf/televisionanimation/strybrd_the_simpsonsway.pdf

Intro to Storyboards:

Cuts & Transitions:

Celtx and Studiobinder are online aids helping you to script, storyboard and plan your production.

Storyboards are all about getting the essence of the action and emotion across in the frame, which may be different from the styles of drawing you have done previously.

Disney animators would attend life drawing classes run by Walt Stanchfield – his notes are available as a pdf here for free. 

‘We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us, the sooner we get them out the better’

Stanchfield means you need to practice and practice to reach a better level. One system which might help is the concept of Solid-Flexible, useful for making animation puppets too. Drawings by Walt Stanchfield:

 

Drawing storyboards can be made much easier when you have some decent references. You might prefer to draw over the output from one of these applications or just use the images they create as ‘pre-viz’ – pre-visualisation, sometimes given some movement and turned into an ‘animatic’ which is a first draft version of the film, often with some basic dialogue and soundFX:

https://www.daz3d.com/ is a FREE variant for Windows and Mac of Poser (as used for anime ‘Rwby’)

There are also phone variants (by different companies):

Android: Easy Poser and Magic Poser.

iOS: Easy Poser and Magic Poser

Perspective Drawing in Photoshop! Grids and Tips – YouTube

Solent University recommend the book Force – Dynamic Drawing for Animators by Michael Mattesi.

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