If you are making a short film, you are probably wondering where to start. Once you have found a script, it is a good idea to start looking at the storyboard. Storyboards are great tools to help you and your team imagine the final cut of a film and make it frame-by-frame before your eyes.
Naturally, you may need a template before taking any of these steps. There are websites like Keltex where you can create a storyboard for free and start it with template panels and notes. Even if you don't use them, this is a good starting point for the final storyboard draft.
Anyway, without further ado, here are some tips on how to create a storyboard for your short film!
The most effective method to make a storyboard for your short film

1. Create a shot list

All your scenes require a shot list. You should leave important space next to your storyboard panels where you can make notes and broaden your shot list. Note the camera angle from which you make the scene, and how they will cut into each other. If you fancy opening the scene with a detailed installation shot, put it in your shot list. If there is an ECU that is important to the story, put it in the shot list. The shot list helps inform you when creating your panels - it often accompanies them.

2. Sketch badly

While a professional storyboarding artist can bring your vision to life, they are not necessary if you are really trying to save money. There are many applications and websites like Keltex where you can get storyboard templates for free these days, filling in the blanks with dodgy sketches that you create yourself. Stickman and stickman are fine if you are not a natural Rembrandt. If it is difficult to depict them here, consider adding small notes here and there.

3. Keep things flexible

While you can get out of the "right" storyboard and your vision for the film, remember to keep your thoughts flexible as things can change on the day. If an actor improvises a few lines or a cinematographer makes an unusual angle in your place, don't be quick to turn it off because it doesn't gel with your storyboard. Yes, sometimes things need to reflect your panel shot for a shot, but other scenes can get a unique flavor when you're shooting them in ways you didn't anticipate beforehand.

4. Everything happens for a reason

When you are doing storyboarding and playing with ideas, there is the temptation to throw too much into it. You want a bunch of camera angles that make a scene feel disjointed, or you can plan to shoot in dozens of locations that cost time, money, and neither the story nor the world. Add anything that the characters inhabit. Make sure that everything in your storyboard is there for a good reason - every frame should be important, whether it's moving the plot, developing a character, or showing the world where the film takes place.

5. Don't Forget the Soundtrack

Clearly sound is an integral part of any motion picture, and it would be foolish to ignore it in your storyboard. When you are drawing your panel, think about the soundscape associated with them and make notes about them. If you have enough space, you can also write lines of dialogue. Think of dialogue, voiceover, music, ambient sound, non-detatic sound, and more. This is even more important when working with stylistic styles like horror, where sound is important in creating tension.

6. Editing Style and Cuts

The post-production process will seem like miles away at the moment, but when you create your storyboard, it is important to think about editing, as it can inform the direction that a scene takes. For example, if you are shooting a fast-paced action sequence, think about the rhythm of the cuts and pay attention as long as you want to finalize each shot. Conversely, if you want a draw-out scene that is dull to create tension and uneasiness in the audience, then this is for editors to keep in mind. You need to consider any scene that may require fades and wipes rather than hard cuts, Star Wars style.

7. Motivate the movement

When you are drawing on paper, you forget to indicate motion in your scene. Unless your characters are a group of inanimate zombies, they probably don't want to walk, run, and change a place in a scene. It is useful to make notes about the movement occurring next to your panel and use the small arrow to show the movement along the frame. It is also important for camera movement, which cannot be easily shown in an art panel. Whether it's a fast pan or a slow zoom, give us an indication of where and why the camera is going.
I hope you have enjoyed this guide to creating a storyboard for your short film! Like a lot of creative work, the storyboard process may seem daunting at first, but the sooner you start, the sooner your storyboard will take shape and reflect your unique vision.

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