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Storyboarding for Film: Seeing is Believing

By Miguel Cima

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Vision.

It all begins with a vision from within. You see it so clearly in your mind – a dramatic, emotional opening, a close-up of the main character, camera pans left, revealing the truth that will change everything...

It’s not just that you see it in your mind’s eye. The vision plagues you. It craves to be seen by a wider audience. And it’s chosen you to do exactly that job. You’re the filmmaker. You must bring the vision into our reality. But these are just words, an idea in your mind. A feature script you’ve finally finished. Maybe a YouTube piece born in your brain that’s just itching to go viral. Or you’re a writer at an ad agency and have a client deadline the very next day.

What’s the solution? How do you visually present your content ideas quickly in our ever-more visual culture? What’s the bridge between the idea and the pre-production needed to make the work materialize in the real world? How do you get there?

You’re the decision maker now. YOU are the content creator. You will bring that winning version of your vision into reality and share it with the world. You will be the instant idea-maker that can show people your most innovative, cutting-edge proposals in a snap.

Visually. Easily. Creatively. Quickly.

How? Because the Storyboard Creator gives you the power to visualize the idea before you shoot the first frame of your vision. Now you can finally harness your creativity with one smooth, expressive program.

Do you know how to drag and drop? Do you know how to select art from menus, play around with simple software commands, crop, resize, change image color? Are you comfortable with an intuitive, user-friendly interface like most people use every day? Then you can use Storyboard That.

Wanna see what it looks like? Check it out:




As you can see, it’s a simple setup with many familiar commands and an easy-to-use design. But what really matters is the vision it can help you materialize. What does that vision look like? Here’s a screenplay example using an excerpt from Brenda & Mary, a coming-of-age tale.



EXT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY

BRENDA meets MARY outside the coffee shop. You can tell Brenda is very worried about something.

BRENDA

Thanks for coming, Mary.


MARY

Of course! When I got your call I came running!


INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY

The girls are nursing their drinks - Brenda has a green smoothie while Mary sips on her cappuccino. Brenda has trouble making eye contact - this won’t be easy for her. Mary is anxious.

MARY

Well, whatever it is you have to tell me, you should just let it out.


CLOSER IN ON BOTH Women

Mary inhales, closes her eyes and blurts it out.

BRENDA

I was the one who told on you at school!

Mary is distraught.

MARY

Oh, Brenda, how could you?



Not a bad scene, but so far, just words. Now, watch it come to life with help from Storyboard That.


Brenda
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OK, I can’t draw at all and that took me less than 10 minutes to put together. Storyboard That’s inventory of locations, characters and props made it incredibly easy. But that’s only the beginning. Check out what you can do with a little more time and effort:


Brenda Extended
Create your own at Storyboard That EXT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY EXT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY - CLOSER INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY CLOSER IN ON BOTH WOMEN CLOSE-UP ON BRENDA CLOSE-UP ON MARY Brenda meets Mary outside the coffee shop. You can tell Brenda is very worried about something. BRENDA Thanks for coming, Mary. MARY Of course! When I got your call I came running! The girls are nursing their drinks - Brenda has a green smoothie while Mary sips on her cappuccino. Brenda has trouble making eye contact - this won’t be easy for her. Mary is anxious. MARY Well, whatever it is you have to tell me, you should just let it out. Mary inhales, closes her eyes, and blurts it out. BRENDA I was the one who told on you at school! Mary is distraught. MARY Oh, Brenda, how could you?