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StoryBoard Quick

Storyboarding software for the artistically challenged By Stephen Schleicher
If you only had five minutes to do a production from start to finish (pre-pro, production, post), three of those minutes would be spent in pre-production.  It is here that you can anticipate and solve many problems that would have made an appearance during the shoot.  One of the best ways to anticipate your needs is to storyboard your script.  However, not all of us are artistically inclined and a stick figure storyboard will do nothing to communicate your vision to the rest of the crew.  For the director on a budget, StoryBoard Quick is the answer.

I came across StoryBoard Quick (and its big brother Storyboard Artist) at a small booth at the 2004 NAB Convention.  While the booth may have been small and out of the way, StoryBoard Quick is far from it.  From experience I can say that storyboarding a script has saved me huge amounts of time during a shoot.  With one glance the entire crew knows where to place the camera, the look I am going for, and even how the set should be lit.  The drawback, of course, is what if you cant draw?

Hiring someone to do the work can also lead to problems if there is a communication/understanding barrier.  This will lead to constant revisions, thus increasing time spent on pre-production.

Storyboard Quick is a solution that I think many directors will take a liking to.  With a large selection of character poses, environment and props, you can create a high quality board in a short amount of time.

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Within a few minutes of installing StoryBoard Quick you will be quickly creating the frames needed for your shots.  Heres a quick run down of the process.

Begin by selecting the Frame Format for your show.  StoryBoard Quick includes the popular aspect ratios in use in most of todays productions.

You can then begin to layout your storyboard.  For your actors, StoryBoard Quick comes with a selection of five people (three men, two women) in a five basic poses; walking, sitting, running, jumping, and prone.

Simply select a character and a pose and it is added to the shot.  You can then position the character in the shot, zooming in and out without having to worry about losing resolution.  This allows you to create shots from Extreme Wide Shot to Extreme Close Up.

StoryBoard Quick allows you to take a single character and go from Close Up (top) to Long Shot (below).

In addition, since there are multiple angles of each of the five poses, you can rotate between for quick changes.


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