I’m working on storyboards again. Another way of doing them is to create an animatic from the storyboard. An animatic shows the timing of the piece and is an excellent means of seeing if it works before going into production. It can save on expense. I’m going to attempt to create a storyboard followed by an animatic of a script. I will show you the fruits of my work when I get it done 🙂
I’m really enjoying working on this material and the more I do the more it is brought home to me how a good story is the key. Being able to interpret the script and bring it to visual life is extremely important also.
Here is my initial storyboard done in thumbnails first to get the flow of the story:
Wide establishing shot of scene. Camera should begin to zoom in on driver.
Wide establishing shot of scene – showing elderly man digging and girls playing swingball.
(Assuming right hand drive vehicles.)Medium shot. Camera positioned on passengers side. Focused on man in car and hands.
Medium shot. Camera positioned on passengers side. Focus on man in car and hands.
Medium shot. Camera positioned on passengers side but getting the interior of the car to show mask. Zooming in on mask.
Medium close up of man from passenger side window with bungalow in frame to show him looking at house. Camera moves to medium close up.
Wide shot of interior of garage and Devling. Camera in front of garage door – to show Devlin searching.
Wide shot to show Devlin reaching down to the box. Could zoom in to show Devlin and the box only.
Wide shot of Devlin opening box and examining contents. Camera could zoom in on contents.
Wide shot of Devlin putting passport on sports bag. Sees his sister.
Wide shot of Devlin and sister. He closes box and goes over to her smiling.
Pan shot of Devlin piggybacking his sister through the hallway. Pan to show movement.
Wide shot to get Devlin in door and brother on couch.
Sissy hops down onto the floor. Wide shot to capture this.
Close up of Devlins face to show emotion.
Mid shot of LAS opening can – to show opening and most importantly sound.
Close up of can being handed over to Devlin.
Zoom in on LAS pulling Devlin close to show emotion.
Close up of the two brothers heads showing the high emotional moment between the two.
Close up of LAS nodding – showing his acceptance.
Mid shot of the two boys drinking – to show brotherliness. Camera zooms out.
Mid shot of mother in doorway – showing tears/emotion.
Wide shot of Devlin and mother hugging – showing emotion.
Mid shot from back boot of car interior. Zoom in on mirror. Important to see reactions on face of girl in the rearview mirror.
Mid shot of interior of car from boot. Zoom in on mirror and girls reaction – to see how it changes to recognition.
And finally, the animatic 🙂
(I’ve tried to time it according to the timing given in the script. I loaded the images into Adobe Premier Pro and created it there.)