It Had to Be Murder storyboard

It Had to Be Murder storyboard

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  • The first scene begins with a long shot; however, a chair in the middle of the room is blocking the view of the main character, Jeffries.  We can only see the top of his head.  There is a voice over of Jeffries reciting the first paragraph of "It had to be Murder."  The camera slowly zooms in on his view from the window and continues, giving the audience the feeling that they are soaring through the window (dolly shot).
  • The camera focuses on what Jeffries is looking at out his window with another long shot. There is a young couple running away from their flat happily and a single mother with a baby outside, about to walk inside her flat. These are the same people Jeffries describes on the first page. The sounds of birds can be heard (diegetic) and the very beginning of William Tell Overture titled Morning can be heard (non- diegetic).The camera then travels up (crane) and focuses on a single window.
  • The next shot focuses only on the window and what is inside with a medium shot.  An older lady is seen is sitting in a chair clutching her head.  There is a silhouette of a man in the background walking about.  A rewritten version of the seventh paragraph can be heard as a voiceover describing the woman and man.  During this, the man comes up and closes the blinds, but the lights in the house remain on.  The audience cannot make out any finite features of the man.
  • The non- diegetic music has faded.  The lighting also fades to suggest nightfall.  However, the light inside the house is still on.  Crickets can be heard in the background (diegetic).  There is a cut to back inside Jeffries' flat.
  • Jeffries is awake in bed, but the audience can still only see the back of his head.  A clock can be heard chiming three times in the background.  This is again diegetic.  Jeffries is sitting up in bed and it is notable that he is gazing out his window again.  It cuts to a medium shot of the window again. 
  • The audience can see the shades open.  The light from within the house streams out.  A silhouette of the man is revealed standing by the window, smoking.  The diegetic sounds of crickets continue after the chiming of the clock bells end.  Some very low and very soft non- diegetic cello trills can barely be made out.  The scene slowly fades to black to prepare for the next scene that will take place in the morning.
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