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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:





Pre-Production




Introduction to Storyboarding for Film, Video, & Animation


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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Pre-Planning and Organizing Script Plots


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.





Writing a Screenplay


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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The Road Map to Your Vision


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.




Pre-Production Checklist


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 for Film


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.






Transforming Words into Visual Language


Taking a screenplay and turning it into a storyboard can be hard work. Make sure you read our article about Transforming Words into Visual Language to help you break down the screenplay into discrete sections for your storyboard.

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Production


Diving Deep Into the Script

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Director

Filmmaking takes many people with a variety of talents and expertise. The director is vital for a cohesive production. Learn more about what it takes to be a director in A Director Prepares: Unleashing the Nexus of Filmmaking.




Camera Shots


Communicate effectively with your crew by using camera motions on your storyboard. Take a look at our article on Camera Shots to help you plan your shot list, needed equipment, and more.

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Working with the Cinematographer


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.





Special Effects


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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Making It All Happen: The Role of Film Producers


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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