Storyboarding

Storyboarding is usually a bit of an afterthought for me; I’ll plan little thumbnail storyboards when I’m animating a scene but I don’t usually have the whole animation planned in advance. This is obviously pretty foolish but it wasn’t until I finished my storyboard that I realised how much easier it makes the filming process.

Like with the treatment, I looked into storyboards and realised yet again that there is no official format so I stuck to the way I usually do it which works for me. One thing I have leaned to do, however, is make sure that each frame of the storyboard is the correct aspect ratio so that I know what I will be including in my shot when it comes to animating.

Despite using the same format as I usually do, I referenced the books ‘Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts‘ by Nancy Beiman and ‘The Storyboard Design Course: The Ultimate Guide for Artists, Directors, Producers and Scriptwriters‘ by Giuseppe Cristiano, the latter of which had a section specifically on music videos. The book gave me a lot of information on the business side of pitching a music video which was very interesting and I’m sure will be useful later but the information on formatting the storyboard was less so, focusing on music videos without a narrative.

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