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Have a storyboard before making a movie

By Jakob Jelling

A storyboard is one of the most important steps which a person who wishes to tell a story through a video should take. Storyboards are very helpful to the video or movie creator as well as to any other person who might work with him in its development. This way, if you wish to make a movie or a video, you should always count with the help of a storyboard.

The first thing you should do in order to create your storyboard is have a clear idea of what you wish to film. If you intend to be as professional as possible about the video you create, it is recommendable that you learn some filmmaking and scriptwriting basics as well as storyboarding.

Storyboards can be very helpful to a movie creator for several reasons. If the movie creator is just starting to figure out how he wants his video to be, drawing the scenes he has on his mind and placing them sequentially in a storyboard could be a great help to him in order to have a more clear idea of what he has in mind and how to solve any obstacles. On the other hand, if the movie creator already has figured out the scenes and sequences, and even has a script written, creating a storyboard would also be helpful to him since it could let him have a more realistic idea of how the final movie would look like.

Besides the help which a storyboard can give to the movie creator at the time of clarifying his ideas and view them in a graphic sequence, it could also help him communicating these ideas to others. In case the movie creator works with a crew, showing them a storyboard would ensure each person that they would all be following the same idea and looking for one same thing. Besides this, storyboards are the main way in which movie creators show what they wish to do to any other person, such as a potential producer or director to whom he wishes to pitch his idea.

Storyboards can be created through hand drawing or by using computer software. Using index cards and placing them sequentially is one of the most simple and easy ways in which to build a storyboard, although storyboard software might be very helpful as well. Some storyboard software pieces would not only be very helpful at the time of previewing the storyboard created and organizing it, but even also help him improving his drawings as well. Both ways can be used and it depends on each person's preferences and how he feels more comfortable which method to choose.

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