Storyboarding can be one of the most important steps in the filmmaking process. It may seem like an unnecessarily expensive and time consuming pre-production tool, but it will only prove to save money and time during the production phase later. A well-designed and comprehensive storyboard will provide a visual blueprint for the story before ever having to film a frame.
The storyboarding process was probably in existence and practiced, in some early form, by silent filmmakers early on in the 1920s. However, it truly began to take the shape we know today when a certain man saw the incredible advantages of such a process. That man was Walt Disney and, while making Steamboat Willie in 1929, Disney applied the storyboarding method similar to the one still in use, after seeing similar techniques being used at other animation studios.
Disney is among a long list of cinematic legends who swear by the process of planning out the sequential format of the visuals of their stories. The great Alfred Hitchcock’s incredibly detailed storyboards have led many theorists to believe that he arrived on set with the entire movie already completed, in his mind. If Hitchcock thought that his films needed the added assurance that a storyboard provides, then who are we to say otherwise about ours?
Some say storyboarding can hinder the creative process by placing too strict a barrier on production, but in reality, this kind of meticulous planning lends the entire production process a sense of relief and freedom. It actually opens the door to more purely creative adjustments because you’ll know you have what you need to tell a comprehensive story, so you’ll be more inclined to make innovative tweaks along the way.
On a very basic level, storyboards provide the entire cast and crew with a visual idea of what, exactly, the story being told is and how it will unfold. Beyond that, though, storyboards give the filmmaker a sense of security in knowing that their story will come across coherently, which allows for a certain level of innovative freedom. A filmmaker will be more inclined to take risks if they’ve done enough work in the storyboarding process to ensure that losing their audience isn’t one of them.
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