Storyboard Conventions

The next step in our pre production is creating a selection of storyboards to show what the visuals will look like. We have done a script which we can refer back to, to create the storyboards. The storyboards will help us during our filming process to make sure we get the best shots possible and in terms of preparation, it means the whole filming process won’t be very time consuming since everything has been prepared before hand. In order to create the best possible storyboards, we have searched the typical conventions of storyboards used in the film industry.

What is a storyboard? 

A storyboard is a graphic representation of how the film will unfold, shot by shot. It is referenced by the film makers in production and pre production to create the best film possible.

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Storyboards for ‘Jurassic Park’

Storyboards have many conventions which are recommended to be considered to allow us to create a selection of useful and helpful storyboards. These include:

  • Camera Shot Distance (Long Shot, Wide Shot, Close Up, Extreme Close Up)
  • Camera Movement (Zooms, Pans, Tilts)
  • Camera Angles (High, Low, Flat)
  • Location (where the scene is set)
  • Who is in the scene (character name)
  • Type of action in the scene (arrows in the direction of movement, notes for the actor etc)
  • Description of what is happening (general info about the scene)
  • Types of transitions should be noted (dissolve, wipe, fade)
  • Notes for the sound (diegetic and non diegetic, narrative, off screen, voice over etc)
  • Timing of each shot (noted in the top corner of the storyboard box)

If we take these conventions into account, it will mean we have a helpful storyboard to look at whilst filming – meaning our filming won’t be clumsy or messy and it will be completed quickly and sufficiently.

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