draw, plan, shoot.
Storyboards are the best way to plan your shoot, without storyboards your production the subject to being amateur. Planning is the best way to make sure you get the result you wanted while you’re on set. I have seen a lot of sets blow past their budgets, time, and become a mess when they just could have made a few storyboards. Storyboard love for proper communication between the director, designer, director of photography, the talent, the editor, and even the producers. A lot of people are afraid to do storyboards because they have to agree on the actual look in the beginning. Some people like to shoot freestyle but that is because they don’t want to agree an actual layout of the shoot. I believe everything should be on paper and printed out before everyone is on set. I happen to be an artist more than a director which is why I feel strongly that story but should be mandatory. Below are some examples of story boards that you can see.
What do storyboards tell you?
They let you know the audio track that will accompany the action, also which actor will be doing what when. These drawings allow the director the camera operator and the talent to be on the same page. They also tell you which scene which shot which angle for each shot the day. Storyboards also allow you to make changes easier because everything was organizing the beginning.
What is better than a storyboard?
The answer is an animatic.
An animatic is a video version of a storyboard which is automatically timed out with simple sound effects and transitions this can be watched by the crew and it will give a better picture of the entire production.