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I’ve talked before about Story board techniques for writing, but recently a friend was having difficulty setting up a storyboard for his film script. So, with that in mind I set out a few tips. Now, storyboarding your script isn’t strictly necessary, but it can give you a leg up in a lot of different ways. It can help you decide on the type of shots you’re looking for and it’s a great way to share your vision of the film. If you’re a beginner, or simply new to the idea of story boards, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the task at hand, but here are a few simple tips to get you on the right track:

  1. Pick Your Platform – Whether you’re using programs or post-its, there is no right or wrong way to start a storyboard. Try as many as you like, but once you start with an option, stick with it to the end. This will prevent you from getting bogged down translating between options and prevent scenes from getting lost in the shuffle.
  2. Break Your Script – Scripts are huge. Setting up every shot in even a short film can seem like too much work. To avoid this, break your script into sections and storyboard the individual pieces before you put it all back together.
  3. Avoid Flat Staging – When you’re setting up your storyboard, you’re setting up your shots. It’s important to remember to keep your storyboard in 3D. This will give you a leg up when it comes to blocking and add a sense of movement to your board.
  4. Use Color – Try using different colors to express different moods. This will give even your quick storyboard sketches extra depth and help people pick up on the emotion of the scene right from the start.

Keep these tips in mind and give storyboarding a try. You may find the few minutes you spend sketching to be some of the most valuable.

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