5. The First Assembly—Storyboarding

Every video production is essentially a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Special effects, titles, and voice-overs can all be added later in the process, but the first step is to get the order of your story right so that it actually has these three story elements.

To get this right, people in the film industry use sketches of each scene to help them visualize how the film will eventually look. Historically, this actually meant sticking hand-drawn sketches on a wall and shuffling them around to create a basic visualization of the story for the producer, director, and writer. This technique is called storyboarding, and it is essential for video productions of any significant length. Nothing saves time—and ...

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