Sunday, June 3, 2012

Great Storyboard = Great Film

2nd Year animators have just completed their first shot in their major project animation.
It is time to go back to the storyboard and choose the next shot to animate. Time to review what was learnt about storyboarding.
A storyboard can be adjusted (if it is your own project) to better understand what needs to be animated.
Roughing out the next shot, from a project storyboard, in a shot storyboard of its own is a valuable starting point moving into the next bit of animation to complete.
Bill Plympton on how he uses storyboards:
A storyboard is a critical part of the process of making a film. Many decisions are made and ideas resolved in the storyboards. The story takes form and begins to be explained. Many things are planned in a storyboard:
  • character designs develop
  • movement and action is depicted
  • editing and transition choices noted
  • meaningful camera angles
  • camera lens choices made (e.g. wide angle, fish eye, macro, 35mm)
  • lighting
  • backgrounds/ sets
  • composition and staging choices for storytelling
  • dialogue
  • sound effects
  • music
  • timing (SLUG)

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