The urge to start filming after all of the countless hours spent writing may be somewhat overwhelming. However, jumping into production may turn out to be a big mistake if you have not spent the proper time working on a storyboard. Although the storyboard is an important part of the filmmaking process, it is often overlooked by young filmmakers. The fact is, storyboarding is very time consuming and it may feel as if it is taking away from time that could be spent filming. However the opposite is true and creating a proper storyboard is actually helping cut the time spent while shooting a film and it will also help the filmmaker visualize and control the film.
For one a storyboard provides a visual aid for the film crew. Explaining a scene may sometimes be confusing to the film crew and it will slow down the production. Having a storyboard on hand will cut through the confusion and ensure that the crew will work to fulfill the vision that the filmmaker wants. More importantly than that, working on the storyboard will help the filmmaker develop the vision that they want for their production. The storyboard is the first time that a filmmaker begins to visualize the film and that is very important. Up until the storyboard begins the filmmaker may often have flashes and maybe even certain shots in mind that they want to implement in the film but they have not put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. The storyboard forces them to think of each shot needed in the film in a sequential order. This is the first time in the film production that the story is told visually.
Alfred Hitchcock often said that his films were completed before he even stepped onto the set. This was because he would spend countless hours meticulously planning out every single detail in his films with storyboards. With the storyboards, Hitchcock was able to express his vision and he was also able to control the production of his films. The storyboard is where the filmmaker plans out the production and it would be unwise to start production on a film without a proper plan. Therefore it is important to take the time and develop a storyboard for whatever project one undertakes.