Storyboarding by Matthew de Lorimier

In the early stages of motion pictures, many large budget silent films were storyboarded. However, most of them were lost.

I was disappointed to learn of this because I would love to see the storyboards of films like, "A Trip to the Moon."

Walt Disney Studio (1930) is credited for designing the storyboarding process that we use today

"Directing the Story" by Francis Glebas, is an excellent book to learn storyboarding and the author (A Disney Storyboarder) emphasizes the processes Disney uses in their storyboard development.

Storyboarding is essentially a series of frames that show the key sequences of a scene

This is my favorite part of the animation process (and even development process) because it allows me to show the idea still in its conceptual phase.

The scenes are drawn out (usually rough) to show he staging, camera position, and overall feel of the scene

I enjoy keeping my boards fairly rough since it allows me to edit and plan out the scenes quicker.

The main advantage of storyboarding is since its drawn very simply, it is easier for the artist (or supervisor) to cut out or edit scenes that aren't working

I always appreciate good feedback when I work on storyboards. Even when I'm by myself I look for input from friends or family.

By visualizing the story quickly, animators are able to focus on the timing and inbetweens

To be honest, my least favorite part of animation is doing the inbetweens (and clean up)

When creating a storyboard, a script is best used at the start. Although, this can be optional

Including a script I find makes it much easier. It allows me, when I read the script, to visualize the scene much better than when I don't have one.

As you compose the scene, you can add basic shadows to show mood and overall lighting

This part is one of the more difficult parts for me in storyboarding. Because of my lack of understanding how to simplify and organize lights/darks

The skills recommended when wanting to do storyboarding is a good and fast drawing skill, basic understanding of light/shadows, perspective and an understanding in film cinematography

Like lighting, I tend to have a lot of trouble with perspective, especially when it's very intricate

Storyboarding, though difficult and very time constraining, is a great job to have because it is never outsourced because the product it produces is need in house and very quickly.

This is what I hope I end up doing for a career in the future.

Credits:

Created with images by smlp.co.uk - "Storyboard" • striatic - "Voyage dans la Lune"

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