Storyboarding essentials knowledge and skills

Storyboarding essentials knowledge and skills

Storyboarding essentials knowledge and skills
Storyboard Artists illustrate the narrative, plan shots, and drawpanels to demonstrate action, and to maintain continuity between scenes. They may need to revise and update their work to reflect a changing script or comments from the Director, Producer, Client, etc. They may be required to prepare the storyboards for production. These include indications of dialogue, character performance and camera moves.
They could be asked to produce their work either as rough or cleaned up drawings, depending on the requirements of a particular production. For example, clean panels are less likely to be required for a Computer Generated film. In this case tight drawings of a character may not be relevant. However, on a television project, where all the animation is being produced overseas, it may be necessary to present the characters very accurately. Storyboards being produced for animation overseas must usually be on model (in style), and include absolute attention to detail, and very clear directions.
Storyboard Artists need to be aware of any relevant technical or budgetary restrictions related to the production, and they are responsible for delivering the storyboard on schedule.
Basic technical knowledge of film cameras and lenses is invaluable for Storyboard Artists. A thorough knowledge of the Director’s role in the film making process helps Storyboard Artists to think in a similar way. A thorough working knowledge of image manipulation packages, e.g., Photoshop, is also required.
Key Skills include:
• ability to think cinematically;
• excellent communication skills;
• ability to visualise perspective and 3-dimensional space;
• ability to visually interpret other people’s ideas;
• ability to draw and work quickly when required
• knowledge of the requirements of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and procedures.

• An ability to understand complex or ambiguous production instructions given to the artist • in the initial meeting
• A creative mind which can conjure new perspectives
• A sympathetic approach to the time constraints of media production
• Strong artistic ability, and knowledge of how to present visuals in a convincing way
• Willingness to consider and learn different/new artistic styles outside the “comfort zone”
• Strong understanding of computer design software suites, where appropriate

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