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Storyboarding & Animatics

What, why, how, when?

Tim Samoff

on 12 March 2014

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Transcript of Storyboarding & Animatics

The quickest and most effective method of storyboarding?
Storyboarding & Animatics
What’s a storyboard?
Storyboards are graphic organizers such as a series of illustrations  or images  displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence, including website interactivity.
What does a storyboard look like?
A simple example:
Another (very) simple technique:
A little more detailed:
Highly detailed (probably the 3rd pass):
Storyboards come in a variety of styles...
From simple...
To complex:
But the storyboarding process (in the first stages) should always be free-form and quick.
The image creation process shouldn’t take precedence over the idea creation process.
Why should someone make storyboards in the first place?
People like pictures more than words.
Major decisions can be made and organized easily.
Storyboards help to promote a better understanding of the entire project.
Basic Techniques...
There are three major “technical” functions of a storyboard*:

Developing “shot flow”
Position of camera, or viewpoint

*Knowing cinematic language is helpful:
But, as stated...
Storyboards should be rapidly produced... Dwelling on details stifles creative flow.
How should a storyboard be “designed”?
We’ve already seen some different styles.
Stick figures
Key Concepts of Storyboard Construction
Don’t include every “frame.”
Don’t include every detail.
Do include the important elements.
Do attempt to tell the story.
No new scenes for new dialog.
No new scenes for unimportant movement.
New scenes for new angles.
New scenes for new characters/elements.
A Few More Concepts
Regardless of your drawing abilities, using a pencil and paper tends to work best for most people.
Storyboarding Tools
There are several storyboarding tools:

Storyboard templates:

Storyboard generators:

MS Word templates:

Use Powerpoint or Impress

What’s an animatic?
In animation and special effects work, the storyboarding stage may be followed by simplified mock-ups called “animatics” to give a better idea of how the scene will look and feel with motion and timing.
At its simplest, an animatic is a series of still images edited together and displayed in sequence.
More commonly, a rough dialogue and/or rough sound track is added to the sequence of still images (usually taken from a storyboard) to test whether the sound and images are working effectively together.
Often storyboards are animated with simple zooms and pans to simulate camera movement (using non-linear editing software). These animations can be combined with available animatics, sound effects and dialog to create a presentation of how a film could be shot and cut together.
Gorillaz, “Dirty Harry” Animatic
An Example...
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