chapter  11
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Storyboarding

Planning Visual Storytelling

This chapter presents some basics of storyboarding. The elements of design—space, line, shape, size, texture, value—become photographers tools for telling visual stories. The principles of design, including focal point, contrast, balance, movement, rhythm and unity, also become important storyboarding tools. As to acquiring new tools for storyboarding, it provides some necessities regarding: framing the shot, perspective, point of view, camera angle, movement, continuity, transitions, lighting, type and audio. After the storyboard and before the actual production shoot, there may be an in-between stage that cheaply simulates what the storyboard might look like as live action. It might be accomplished with stock, archived or homemade footage or stills that come as near as possible to the storyboard's visuals. Or photographer might use animated illustrations or cartoons. If photographers are a beginner, focus on generating a killer concept. No amount of money can make a bad concept look good.