Friday, October 8, 2010

STUFF I'VE LEARNED ABOUT STORYBOARDING: EPISODE #2

Because of some nice comments on the previous post, I thought I would squeeze out number 2: Maintaining Screen Side

Note: there would obviously be more panels if this was flushed out, to play up the acting and also hook up the action. And on the last panel, I would probably frame it more centered while the female is farther away and then adjust right as she walks towards camera.

This is a simple theory of cutting that can easily help create a sense of continuity within a sequence and or exchange. The idea is not exclusive to 1 character interacting with another. The same principle can be used between 2 different groups of characters, or even a character and an object (Ie. A telephone. A man waits anxiously for a very important phone call).

The example above is a bit rudimentary for the sake of demonstrating the concept. More realistically, you will have characters moving around as they interact. In this case what we can do is create multiple patterns to track the exchange. The important thing to focus on when trying to handle multiple staging set ups is making sure the audience clearly sees our new staging occur. The simplest way to achieve that is by having characters physically cross paths on screen;

As long as you continue to establish any new screen spacing, the sequence should maintain a certain level of continuity that will allow the audience to follow along quite easily.

-Hat

4 comments:

chromasketch said...

another interesting post!

nate v said...

dude, once again awesome post! and thanks so much for the kind words.

The Jerk said...

thanks for droppin by my bloggity, & the nice comment you left. what'cha up to nowadays? back at dreamworks?

this and the last post are really nice stuff, very clearly explained so even a n00b can understand. also, it's very useful information; even if you're an old hand at boarding or cinematography, it's good to have reminders about the basic foundations of good editing :-)

it's cool to see how much your boarding work has improved since i first came across your blog. I guess it's true what they say, you can learn a lot more by doing!

Daniel Huertas said...

amazing! :)

thanks for sharing Hat