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Old 06-09-2013, 04:58 AM   #1
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CB:Say Goodbye to Storyboard Artists, Hello Amazon Storyteller

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"Amazon’s filmmaking arm Amazon Studios announced a new tool today that promises to eliminate storyboard artists from the filmmaking process. Called Amazon Storyteller, the software lets scriptwriters convert their scripts into boards through an automated process.

“We’ve found that many writers want to see their story up on its feet in visual form but find it harder than it should be to create a storyboard,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios and a former Disney TV Animation exec. “Storyteller provides a digital backlot, acting troupe, prop department and assistant editor-everything you need to bring your story to life.”

The free online tool, which is currently in beta, works like this:
Storyteller begins by scanning a movie script that has been uploaded to Amazon Studios. It identifies the scenes, locations and characters from scene descriptions, and “casts” them from a library of thousands of characters, props and backgrounds. Filmmakers can recast or change locations, or they can upload their own images. Storyteller places the cast in front of the right background so that filmmakers can focus their time on the emotion and energy of scenes by using pan and zoom, changing the facial expressions and positions of characters, adding vehicles or props or adding captions with descriptions or additional dialogue. Once completed, the storyboard can be published on Amazon Studios where other users are able to view it and give feedback on the project.

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http://www.cartoonbrew.com/tech/goo...ller-84043.html
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:47 AM   #2
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Quite the title exaggeration. But hey I guess it gets people's attention. I would say this is basically good for the independent filmmaker who can't afford storyboard artists. While it could be decent it is not going to have enough variety and originality for big time studios and directors.

I mean really this is kinda like Poser. Is Poser replacing all modelers? No, it has its place, but there is only so far you can take it before you might as well build your own stuff.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:21 AM   #3
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I mean really this is kinda like Poser. Is Poser replacing all modelers? No, it has its place, but there is only so far you can take it before you might as well build your own stuff.


Lol! I was thinking the exact same thing. I've used Poser before to knock out some simple animatics, and it works well for that. I wonder if this will work for ad agencies that need things like talking sponges and dancing kitchen appliances?

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The catch is it only works for Amazon Studios scripts, which means you have to submit it to Amazon Studios first and give them a right to option your script and maybe sell them your rights.

You can't actually use it for a script that you want to keep private or for a client's script.
 
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That has to be one of the stupidest tools around.

An automated software that pre-defines visual interpretation of text, which is totally dependent on personal style?

Oh my...

Will it have a pulldown where you can select different directors?

Nolan, Hitchcock, Kubrick, Cameron, Lucas etc?
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It just reads keywords in your script (like beach, restaurant etc...) as well as name (Joe, Bobby) and tries to offer you matching background and characters which you can edit later. You can frame your shot yourself.
 
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There's probably a place for this. An indie can spend all his energy on all the wrong aspects of a project, when he really needs to get things in front of a camera and have shots done.
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Just gonna say it, this press release is deeply insulting to storyboard artists.
 
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The catch is it only works for Amazon Studios scripts, which means you have to submit it to Amazon Studios first and give them a right to option your script and maybe sell them your rights.

You can't actually use it for a script that you want to keep private or for a client's script.


Why would anyone even agree to that?
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I'm guessing it has to do with the 'put everything on the (corporately managed) cloud no matter what the consequences are' fad.
 
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Why would anyone even agree to that?


Because people are stupid?

There, I said it.
 
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So those were very underwhelming examples. Storyboarding isn't cut and paste. I saw nothing to help demonstrate shots in any way.

By the looks of things artists don't have much to worry about.
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Because people are stupid?

There, I said it.


This guy might think differently.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/02/ama...-12-princesses/

To some, this is a good gatekeeper. After all, listening to the crowd, Amazon have revised the law regarding script quite a number of time to satisfy users, and also Writers Guild.
 
Old 06-10-2013, 10:56 AM   #14
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I think Amazon is gonna' get swamped with people sending their script hoping to get it produced... and that story-boarding thing will just be seen as another hoop to jump through in order to get their script read by someone at Amazon.
 
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This guy might think differently.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/02/ama...-12-princesses/

To some, this is a good gatekeeper. After all, listening to the crowd, Amazon have revised the law regarding script quite a number of time to satisfy users, and also Writers Guild.



Linked to from within the same article:

http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/tha...ribes-weigh-in/

Couldn't say it better myself.
 
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