The Art of Storyboarding with Ridley Scott

The Art of Storyboarding with Ridley Scott

 

Week 05

This week we are focusing on creating storyboards to show a scenario that demonstrates the choice mechanic in 13 Songs. I consider storyboarding an important skill that I haven’t got the grip of yet. With this scenario between Julie and William, the challenge is to make a quite mundane scene really connect with audience while still remaining interesting visually. This short video from Ridley Scott has a few directions to think about/look into.

I like how attentive Scott is to the shape that light makes. Even from the storyboarding stage, Scott is crafting the scene with an attention to how light will shape the composition. Even on a car journey he is “reading the performance of light on objects”.

Storyboards help Scott to articulate exactly what he wants to achieve with the team.

Look at what Hitchcock did with storyboards.

Get rid of the white immediately. Bash through and get the idea down straight away. Then there is something to improve upon. Storyboards get you sucked into the scene so that you can see opportunities e.g. acting and staging.

Even two talking heads can be made more interesting but they can also be interesting by themselves. You should know when to pull back.

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