Pre-Production

Storyboarding My Short Film

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Being a new filmmaker is a learning process.

Just finished another rewrite on the script and shot list this morning, not adding stuff but cutting out a lot of stuff such as unnecessary dialog, excessive camera angles, etc.

A week ago, after checking out tutorials on Youtube, I decided to storyboard the script. Going into this project, I felt like I could do without storyboarding because I can’t draw but after checking out this youtube tutorial on cinematography

come to find out that I didn’t have to know how to draw; I could take pictures instead.

My advice to any new independent filmmaker on a micro budget is to proceed in the following order: write the script, storyboard, and then plan your shots.

A storyboard will inform you as to the type of shots you need based on, from my own experience, how much money you’re working with; how much noise you’re working with; the kind of mic, camera, and lenses best suited for each situation and scene–technical stuff.

Before storyboarding, I’d already planned the shots in my mind and in doing so miscalculated a lot of things and OVER PLANNED a lot of the shots. In other words, storyboarding not only helped me with pre-visualizing the scenes, but simplified my shot list with LESS shots than I had previously.

Storyboarding also inspired ideas that I never would have gotten on my own. Anyway, that’s where I am now in producing my short film. Hoping to raise money on Indiegogo but if not I will pay for it out of my own pocket. Not doing it for the money, anyway. Meeting with a couple of young men Sunday and hopefully I’ll have a little crew to help me by Monday.

Meanwhile, take a look at a promo video I put on Youtube a couple of weeks ago talking about my upcoming short film L.O.V.E.: A Four Letter Word.