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Resources for Filmmakers & Video Makers



There are many different kinds of filmmakers and all of them have a story. With each story, comes a unique set of requirements and obstacles to plan for and plan around. Equipment, actors, story ideas, and logistics are all important for all filmmakers. We at Storyboard That want everyone to be able to tell their story, whether it be in a single panel of a storyboard or a feature-length film. We have many resources available that will help you get your story in motion.


Use the following resources to help you with any of the following projects:




Film Resources

Making It All Happen: The Role of Film Producers

By Miguel Cima


Producers are the men and women who take care of thousands of details to make sure the film can be made. Find out more about the working relationship in Making It All Happen: The Role of Film Producers.

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The Filmmaker’s Eye: Working with the Cinematographer

By Miguel Cima


As a filmmaker, you have a certain vision in your head. The cinematographer is the one who will make your vision come to life by choosing the right filters, cameras, lenses, angles and so on. Find out more about the working relationship in Working with the Cinematographer.

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Storyboarding: Transforming Words into Visual Language

By Miguel Cima


Before you start creating your storyboard, you have to decide which storyboard template you want to use. This is one of those “there’s no wrong answer” choices. It’s a matter of which workflow you feel most comfortable with.

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Storyboarding: Transforming Words into Visual Language

By Miguel Cima


Filmmaking begins from the first time you dream. That can be the sleeping kind of dream, or the daydream, where your imagination takes you to amazing places. In both cases, there’s a picture in the mind’s eye. And for the moment, nobody in the world but you can see it. In that way, we are all filmmakers. But what separates the bonafide filmmaker from everyone else is their need to turn those dreams into an actual movie. And that means getting down to the hard work of bringing those visions to life.

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The Screenplay: A Guide to Getting It Done

By Miguel Cima


Need help on writing a screenplay? We've got you covered. From writer's block to editing the final product, The Screenplay: the Guide to Getting it Done is a helpful article to get you through a difficult process.

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Filmmaker Guide: Pre-production Checklist

By Miguel Cima


There are a lot of steps to making a movie of any kind, and so much depends on proper planning. With the right foresight, you can save the production both time and money. Read our Pre-Production Checklist article to make sure you are preparing for everything you need.

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Storyboarding: The Road Map to Your Vision

By Miguel Cima


The storyboard is not only a way to show others what you see in your mind's eye, but also serves as a helpful guide during production too. Organize the story, shots, and more with The Road Map to Your Vision.

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Storyboarding for Film: Seeing is Believing

By Miguel Cima


The storyboard is the first time your big idea gets to be seen. Storyboarding is essential for making sure everyone is on the same page before and during production. Check out some of the reasons you should be Storyboarding for Film.

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A Director Prepares: Unleashing the Nexus of Filmmaking

By Miguel Cima


You are the director of a film. What does that mean? What does a director do? How do you do it? There are so many misconceptions about film directors, many of them perpetuated by they themselves, and such a heavy mythology attached to the position, that the romanticized version is almost always both overstated and underestimated.

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Pre-Planning and Prewriting with Storyboards

By Sarah Laroche


Before an idea can be realized, it needs to be developed and organized. Use the Pre-Planning and Organizing Script Plots article to help you plan out the story, characters, scenes, and more.

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Camera Shots, Camera Motions, and Object Motion

By Sarah Laroche


When creating a storyboard for film, it is imperative that the images reflect the script. Motion is central to these images: the motions of the characters and objects within the scene, as well as the motion of the camera observing it. Instead of bogging down the description box with tedious details of every action, let the image communicate the motion of a scene. Arrows are a simple and recognizable way to show motion or progression.

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Filmmaking Tips for Taking Script to Storyboard

By Sarah Laroche


Learn about the basics of storyboards and how they are useful when making films and other media. Introduction to Storyboarding for Film, Video, & Animation looks at the overall process of turning an idea into a completed storyboard.

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Special Visual Effects in Film: The Art of “See You Later”

By Miguel Cima


Want to do any special effects in your film? Learn more about different kinds of special effects and which ones will work best for your production. The type of special effects determine camera shots, necessary props, and more.

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