The objective of these notes is to
introduce Storyboarding. These notes will not discuss drawing skill, but
how a storyboard is used to develop ideas and your communication skills.
A storyboard is a number of drawings, supported with directional notes,
that form a visual script for an Animation. They act as a concept (idea)
planning aid, that outline the events and actions. The detail, to which
a storyboard is drawn, depends on the action, the length and the
audience it is aimed at.
Each drawing in the storyboard should illustrate a clear element of the
film. A camera movement, an action, a camera cut, character dialogue.
Film making is a very expensive process and therefore requires careful
planning and intense thinking. Since the Disney studios first developed
the technique, Storyboards have remained the central process in the
production of animation. The form storyboards take and the techniques
employed are as varied as the approaches to film making.
Remember there are no rules in storyboarding, only guide lines. The
essential objective in storyboarding is to communicate an idea clearly
and without any unwanted confusion.
As students, the storyboard provides a system where the elements of film
making can be defined before production commences. You clearly need an
understanding of the established film conventions for the construction
of a well structured film....The storyboard allows us to develop this
before productions starts. The storyboard helps refine shots, scenes and
sequences. Also the techniques for the transition between them.
Remember that a scene is sandwiched between two scenes. The effects of a
scene is greatly influenced not only by the content of previous scenes,
but by the transition between scenes. Try to keep an overall view of the
whole storyboard and how it is working. Every time you finish a drawing
place it with the other drawings and evaluate how it is all taking