Storyboards save your ass!
They really do. Just believe me. Explaining scenes or a complete movie to people can be a pain in the ass. Especially if you already planned every shot, every light situation — its just too much information to tell and results in weird half true answers. That’s why I drew and animated a Storyboard. Yes it looks paint-ish, yes it looks cheap and shit but it delievers the message and thats the only important thing. Every person involved in making my short saw that animated storyboard and knew where the journey is going. It took the “fear” out of some shots and was very helpful in the way of body acting — the actors knew what’ll be in the frame and took care. The outfit selection was also much easier since we knew what direction we’re heading.
It even helped me develop a faster workflow. In the beginning I only had the idea and my animated storyboard — no filmed footage at all. Everything about it was rough, the drawing style, the timings, the cuts but it helped me to decide if music fits or not. Thats right, I tested my music tracks with the storyboard — if it fits there it’ll also fit with real good footage. In terms of Sounddesign I got myself a collection of royalty free sounds plus self recorded files and arranged them with the animated storyboard aswell.
After importing the first filmed footage it was very easy to replace the pictures in the timeline with it and made cutting much easier.
How does my storyboard and the actual shot look like? Well, like this:
I think its pretty close and the relaxed driving style fits better than my first concept. You see, it helps a lot finishing the concept first and shoot after that — even though the real shooting is much more fun.
Well, I was so foolish to write a release date on twitter — which should’ve been this weekend — but there are still some scenes missing which sadly couldn’t been filmed yet due to the weather conditions. It seems like the weather will be steady in the next few nights which means I can finally move on with filming stuff but it might not work till sunday. But no worries, there’s always a Plan B. I’ll release a few short trailers that show a part of the story, which isn’t shown in the actual film, you might call it a Trailer Prequell thingy. The Intro Image of this post is an actual screengrab and features a hidden message, can you spot it? Plus there’ll be a Posterart and a rear related blog post in the near future. In terms of a fixed release date for the trailers/the movie: WHEN ITS DONE.
(not gonna make that mistake again)
Stay tuned folks!