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SCAD Creative Essentials (How to Translate Your Story to the Screen for Film, TV, and Other Media)

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On Sale: June 25, 2013
Pages: 192 | ISBN: 978-0-385-34559-0
Published by : Watson-Guptill Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
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A comprehensive guide to visual storytelling from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), one of the world's leaders in sequential arts instruction. Storyboarding is the process of graphically organizing a project--a motion picture, animation, motion graphic, or interactive media sequence--in order to translate artists' ideas from story to screen. Whether you're a filmmaker, animator, ad director, writer, or video-game artist--storyboarding is a skill that is absolutely critical. Storyboarding Essentials covers everything students and working professionals need to master the art of writing and formatting scripts, creating frames, and following visual logic to create a cohesive narrative.


Regardless of genre or discipline, storyboards share a language that reflects the jargon and terminology employed by industries born out of the filmed visual narrative. They connect written word to final cut; they concern themselves with what the camera “sees” (framing height, camera angle, and movement); they use standard and recognized formats (aspect ratios); and they even employ similar organizational systems (numbering). While the cinematographer relies on instinct and experience, a good storyboard artist will develop a strong understanding of camera angles and framing heights to help the director achieve his or her vision.

Table of Contents


Foreword, by Stratton Leopold
1. What Is Storyboarding?
            The Types of Storyboards
            A Visual Road Map
2. Interpreting the Written Word
            Script Basics
            Script Breakdowns
            Spec Scripts Versus Shooting Scripts
            “And Now, a Word from Our Sponsor”
Exercise: Script Breakdowns and Thumbnails
A Difference of Opinion: The Great Savannah Race
Interview: Kenny Chaplin, DGA/DGC
3. Rendering
            Rough or Polished Finish
            Little Drawings, Big Ideas
            The Right Tool for the Job
A Difference of Opinion: Un-Deadwood
Interview: Keith Ingham
4. Principles, Elements, and Conventions
            Aspect Ratios
            Getting Started
Blocking the Composition
            Staying Organized
            How to Insert Shots
Exercise: Numbering
5. Continuity
            What Is Continuity?
            Axis and Allies
Breaking the Axis
            30 Degrees of Separation
Neutralizing and Cutaway Shots
            Screen Direction and Visual Logic
Avoiding Confusion
            Building Tension and Creating a Surprise
Don’t Turn Around
A Difference of Opinion: Hyde from Jekyll—the Chase
6. What the Camera Sees
            The Camera
            Deep and Wide
            Shooting on Location
            Framing Heights and Angles
Other Shots to Consider
            Cut to the Chase
            Behind the Scenes
Exercise: Identifying Framing Heights and Angles
7. Move Me!
            No Reaction Without “Action!”
            Drawings Versus Diagrams
Camera Moves as Drawings
            Photomatics and Digimatics
            Order Out of Chaos
Exercise: Movement Calls
A Difference of Opinion: Hyde from Jekyll—Transmogrification
Interview: Whitney Cogar
8. The Martini Shot
            Putting It All Together
            A Toast to Storyboarding
Afterword: Humans Tell Stories, by Tina O’Hailey

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