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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Storyboards and Shot Lists

Whether you are shooting a feature film, a music video, or a 30-second commercial, you would benefit from creating storyboards, overheads, and shot lists before the first day of production begins. Storyboards are small drawings that map out what the framing and composition will be for each shot you need to record. The pictures act as templates for the eventual real setups you make, like a comic book version of the motion picture. Storyboards also allow you to see how the various shots necessary to cover the action will edit together once you enter the postproduction phase. The drawings help get everybody involved in the creation of the actual images on the same “visual page.”

Overheads can be simple “bird’s-eye view” ...

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