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  05 May 2005
Storyboard before the script

i got a question here..
i'm just wondering if the storyboard is necessary before writing the script
or is it fine without the storyboard?
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  05 May 2005
It's not necessary to have a storyboard before a script. Most of the time I start with an idea/story and then I work on the storyboard.
For my school projects I start with an idea and write down a few sentences then I begin with the storyboard to test things out. But that's when I have a short animation like 1 minute or so. For longer animations I prefer writing down the script first coz it acts like a guideline when you're going to storyboard. You don't have to go into too much details in your script because in the proces you'll find out that some things you've written down don't work visually. Or you come up with new ideas during the storyboarding and things will change in the script.
  05 May 2005
Ideally, I'd like to have a storyboard...then maybe change some things around. Most of the times...I don't and play it by ear.

There are some directors who don't do storyboards and succeed in making a great movies...and some make really really bad movies. Personal preference I think.
  05 May 2005
i usually prefer to do a script or at least a shotlist (breakdown) of some kind before i start laying pencil to paper. gets all the ideas finalised (moreso)
"This is what comes through to us."
  05 May 2005
The script comes first.

In fact, this thread is the first time I have ever heard it even suggested that storyboards might come first.
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  05 May 2005
Spiderman 2 was storyboard before script and Ian MCcaig adaption of Lil Mermiad in Spac eis the same too.

Believe its becoming to be quite common.....
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  05 May 2005
There obviously isn't a right way or wrong way.. but for me, I killed 2 birds with one stone by storyboarding to fulfill both the visual as well as plot development. Think of storyboards as glimpses of the pivotal moments in a script. Then after getting lots of visual inspiration down on paper, you can go back and connect the dots using a screenplay format, or paragraphs for a treatment. The latter is what I did since my film didn't have any dialogue. G'luck!
Sam Chen
Independent Filmmaker & Animator
  05 May 2005
First rule of script writing:

Always outline first.

Second rule, refer to rule number one
  05 May 2005
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