Why Do You Need a Storyboard?

A storyboard is the first thing that brings a script to life. Storyboards initially began to surface in the 1930s, when filmmakers decided to create sequential drawings to create a visual representation of the script.

More than one scene drawn on separate boards allow the creators to move around and alternate them sans any drawbacks, which also allows for a smoother production. When you recall reading a book and subsequently seeing the movie, you sometimes think, “This is not how I imagined it.” Occasionally, the visuals put in front of you are superior because everybody has a distinctive vision so a storyboard makes it possible for your team to envision the same thing written in the script.

In a red carpet interview for The Hunger Games, Liam Hemsworth mentions that Haymitch Abernathy is his favorite character in the book. When basing a movie on a book, sometimes it’s important to capture what could be the expectation of the audience. When picturing a character like Haymitch, for example, it is important that certain perceptions would be included in the film to give the audience a profound introspective.

The storyboard also communicates camera angles and perspective. Being able to have this on hand will allow you to use less time filming because you already have an outline of how you want your visuals to appear.

It is also imperative that the storyboard should be available when editing. Your editor will be able to get your vision on film without missing any graphics that are essential to the aesthetic of your film. Scenes can be illustrated by hand, on an electronic device or even using pictures.

Storyboarding also lowers the production risk, giving a client a clear understanding of how the budget is being utilized, and allowing them to make any needed adjustments. It also helps you avoid too many revisions, which can end up costing you more in the end.

This is something that you can do yourself and doesn’t necessarily require profound illustration skills. If it’s in your budget to hire a great illustrator, then, by all means, go for it. But the quality of the drawings won’t have a significant impact on the quality of your production. Please feel free to contact Waterproof Pictures if you have additional questions about storyboarding and how we can help bring your vision to life.

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