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One of the most important aspects of pre-production is to create a storyboard. While having a script perfected is important, it is just as important to have a storyboard before you start shooting so you don't miss any essential shots. This will prevent you from wasting time and money. In this week's Reel Rebel we look at an app by Cinemek to help you easily put together a useable storyboard using your iPhone and iPad mobile device.
Reviewing the Storyboard Composer App by Cinemek:
If you are an iPhone user, a great app to use for storyboarding is called Storyboard Composer by Cinemek ($14.99 in iTunes App Store). Storyboard Composer is the world’s first mobile story boarding application. You don't need to know how to draw and there are no complicated programs to learn. It works with pictures from your photo library, so your first step is to take some pictures. Think about how you want your shot composed, set up a rough version of the scene in your home or on your location if you can make that happen, and then snap some photos. That is something you can handle on your own.
Then the fun part comes, you get to dive into the app. To load your pictures tap—Menu, New Storyboard, and select photo library. Then all you need to do is click on any of the pictures you want to load up for your piece.
When you click cancel to close the screen, you’ll now see all of your photos on the canvas. If they’re not in the right order, just drag them around until they tell the story properly. This isn’t difficult at all.
It doesn’t matter if there aren’t actors in your pictures. Just click on the photo you want to add someone to, click on these little people, and you have instant actors. Just fiddle with the settings at the bottom until they match your characters as closely as possible. Once you’re done adding people into your scene, add some motion to your shots.
Storyboard Composer has made it extremely easy to simulate camera moves. Just select your shot, pick what kind of move you want to add from the choices on the left, and adjust it intuitively with your fingers. When you play it back, magic happens. You see what your final shot should look like. You can even set a duration time to make sure you get the timing right.
When you get everything in place, you can playback all your clips in order and see a rough idea of what your final product will be. Make any final tweaks and then either export a movie file, or export a PDF to keep with you on set to keep you on track and keep you from forgetting any of your shots. You can have your first story board up and running in a matter of minutes. Storyboard Composer allows professionals and students to portray their vision to others in an easily controllable and transportable format. Overall, Cinemek has provided people who can’t draw at all an easy way to organize their storyboards so they can run shoots as professionally and efficiently as possible.
Just like any project you take on, having a good plan of action prior to actually starting is a good idea. This week on the Reel Rebel, Stephen Schweickart briefly covers just a few reasons why pre-production planning and creating checklists is so important to ensure you have a successful video shoot.
When you are planning to shoot a video you need to have some basic things in place prior to picking up the camera to start shooting. If you don't, not only will you likely waste a lot of time and money, but you run the risk of not having any sort of backup plan or schedule in the event things don't go as smoothly as you'd want.
Basics of Pre-Production Planning for Video
Here are the a few of the main things you want to make sure you have prior to scheduling your shoot:
Have a script. This is the most obvious since you need the script to know what it is you are going to film and how you are going to deliver what you film into a clean, concise message.
Make a checklist. If you don't have a checklist of supplies you need for a shoot you can guarantee you'll forget something crucial like extra batteries or film and will end up spending time that should be spent capturing your shots, running around finding supplies. Check out this comprehensive example pre-production checklist from UCSC.
Obtain your permits. This may seem like a tiny detail but if you don't have a permit from your local film office and you start shooting at a public location, you run the risk of the police coming to put an end to your shoot - most likely at a time that is most crucial to capturing the shot.
Provide food and drinks. Even shooting a short clip takes time and you need to make sure you have provided something to eat and drink for your cast and crew.
Make sure you have power. Obviously without some kind of power your lights, camera and other equipment will not work. Be sure you know what your power supply options are for a location you are shooting at and be prepared with additional options in case of outages.
This is just a short list of items you want to ensure are in place prior to production. As with anything, the better your pre-production planning the more smoothly filming will go on the schedule day of the shoot.Tags: pre-production, storyboarding, Video Production Tips, Videos About Video