Lesson:Thumbnail Storyboard

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This school is:
Wikiversity Film School - Narrative film production
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This course is:
The basics of narrative filmmaking
This lesson is:
Creating the thumbnail storyboards
The pages of this lesson are:
Introduction - Creating the thumbnail storyboards ← You are here Sweden road sign C2.svg

If you have problems:
Things to worry about! ("Crossing the line.")
More things to worry about! (Eyeballs & cameras)
Storyboard worksheet (pdf)Storyboard worksheet larger (pdf)StoryScript OutlineSample storyboard framesFormatted scriptFloor plan.


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Thumbnail Storyboarding

only 15 minutes

Excellent!

Mok Sample Thumbnail Storyboard.png

Note the excellent position of the head. The head is not
in the center of the picture. The image is framed
as if it is a motion picture, not a portrait. This is excellent.
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Thumbnail storyboards

Storyboards are important
  • In this lesson, you download a storyboard sheet and create very simple storyboards called "Thumbnail Storyboards".
  • In the next lesson, you create 3D storyboards using the free demo version of FrameForge Studio 3D.
  • Later, you turn your storyboards into a movie called an "animatic".


Keep it simple
You should be able to rough out these thumbnail storyboards in about 15 minutes.


Your goal
The only reason you are creating the thumbnail storyboards is to get ready to create the 3D storyboards. You do not have to impress me with your artwork. Only the size and position of the head plus the direction of the eyes is important.


Note:
If you spend more than 15 minutes, you are trying too hard.


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More details

The theory of thumbnail storyboarding

If you would like to know more about storyboarding, I have created more detailed instructions for you.

Most people do not need any instructions. Go for it!

Download!!!


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The storyboards sheets

Storyboarding is much easier if you use a storyboard sheet. I have created two sheets for you.
The smaller frames are perfect for drawing quick thumbnails. The frames are a perfect size.
Kids ages 6 to 10 will prefer the large frames. The larger frames gives them more room to draw.


Download
Download and print the pdf storyboard file.


The direction of the eyes
Draw what you think the scene should look like.
The most important thing is the position of the head and the direction the eyes are pointing.
Sample Storyboard
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Storyboard Sheet

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Storyboard sheet with SMALL frames
Everything on one page


Click here to download. (68k)
Most people prefer this sheet.


Alternative (two pages)

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Storyboard sheets with BIG frames
Two pages


Click here to download. (50k)
Use other sheet if possible.


Extra Frames

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Storyboard sheets with Extra frames
One page


Click here to download (4k)
or click on picture to get PNG file.
Use other sheet if possible.
Extra Frames

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Storyboard sheets with Extra frames
One page


Click here to download (4k)
or click on picture to get PNG file.
Use when you want blank frames.


Extra Frames

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Storyboard sheets with Extra frames
one page


Click here to download. (50k)
Use when you need more frames.


Example of a completed assignment

June 12, 2008 -- Rick14 created this thumbnail storyboard. It is an excellent example of what your thumbnail storyboard should look like. Nothing fancy but a clear vision of the location of the actors and the direction of their eyes.

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Rick14 SBTDS thumbnail storyboard.png
Click on the image to see larger version.


Another example of a completed assignment

June 17, 2008 -- Digitaldave80 created this thumbnail storyboard. It is an excellent example of what your thumbnail storyboard should look like. Nothing fancy but a clear vision of the location of the actors and the direction of their eyes.

Digitaldave80 Thumbnail Storyboard frame.png


Digitaldave80 Thumbnail Storyboard.png
Click on the image to see larger version.

Question

Study this storyboard carefully
Did the camera cross the line?

More Examples

This is correct thumbnail storyboards
This is examples of what your thumbnail storyboards should look like. You only want the size of the head, its location, and the direction of the eyes. That is all!!!

Correct

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Incorrect

CU wrong.jpg The actors should never look at the camera.

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Sending me your thumbnail storyboards

If you can, scan your completed storyboard sheet (72 or 75 dpi) and email it to me at r_elliott -at- innercite.com. You will get 10 points.
If you cannot scan your completed sheet, let me know that you are finished and I will send you my mailing address. Clicking Here. Crystal Clear app xfmail.png
Once you have created your thumbnail storyboards, you can begin the lesson on 3D Storyboarding. You must turn your thumbnail storyboard into a real storyboard frames.
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The next lesson

If you have any problems, look at the special help pages listed above. Otherwise, you are done with this lessson
Once you have created your thumbnail storyboards and hopefully sent it to me, you can begin the lesson on 3D Storyboarding. Crystal Clear action forward.png


Contact your instructor

Your instructor for this filmmaking class is Robert Elliott. You can email me by clicking here. Crystal Clear app xfmail.png





Completed Homework Assignments - Thumbnail Storyboarding
Thumbnail storyboards from the lesson on Thumbnail storyboarding


Kastarika sample frame.png

Kasturika Thumbnail Storyboard tiny.png
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Kasturika has completed this assignment (pdf) (23 May 2007) Good job! 10 points

Kasturika says, "I used the Microsoft paint application.

I took a screen shot of the storyboard, converted it into bitmap image, made the frames separately and pasted them.

Then I used OpenOffice.org Draw to export the bitmap image as PDF."



Helena Sample Frame tiny.png

assignment
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Niri0n in Sweden has completed this assignment (png). Click on the image to see larger version. (23 May 2007) Good job! 10 points




Wachapon2 Sample Frame Thumbnail.png

assignment
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Wachapon2 has completed this assignment (png). Click on the image to see larger version. (2 June 2007) Good job! 10 points




Tunderboy9 Sample Storyboard Frame.png

assignment
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Tunderboy9 has completed this assignment. (13 July 2007) Good job! 10 points




Vijay singh sample thumbnail storyboard.png
Vijay singh Thumbnail 1.png Vijay singh Thumbnail 2.png
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Vijay Singh has completed this assignment. (17 July 2007) Good job! 10 points




Mok Sample Thumbnail Storyboard.png

This is the first storyboard which looks like a movie.

The figures are positioned as in a movie. The size of the figures are as in a movie.

Yet, these are still very simple thumbnail storyboards. Please look at these storyboards!!!!


Mok Thumbnail storyboards tiny1.png Mok Thumbnail storyboards tiny2.png
Click on the image to see larger version.
Mok has completed this assignment. (21 July 2007) Very good job! 10 points




Fred Sample thumbnail Storyboard.png
Here is a very artistic thumbnail storyboard.


Thumbnail story1.jpg Thumbnail story2.jpg
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Fred has completed this assignment. (5 August 2007) Very good job! 10 points




Sample Storyboard- User Mpftmead.png

assignment
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Mpftmead has completed this assignment (png). Click on the image to see larger version. (6 August 2007) 10 points




Izwah sample thumbnail storyboard.png


Izwah thumbnail storyboard v1.png Izwah thumbnail storyboard v2.png
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Izwah has completed this assignment. (6 August 2007) 10 points




Storyboard Sample Refardeon.png

assignment
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Refardeon has completed this assignment (png). Click on the image to see larger version. (13 August 2007) 10 points




Noblerinthemind sample thumbnail storyboard.png

assignment
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Noblerinthemind has completed this assignment using GIMP (png). Click on the image to see larger version. (16 August 2007) 10 points




KinnetiK Sample Storyboard.png

KinnetiK Storyboard sheet.jpg
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KinnetiK has completed this assignment (JPG). Click on the image to see larger version. (23 August 2007) 10 points




Sushant Thumbnail storyboard frame.png

Sushant Thumbnail storyboard.png
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Sushant has completed this assignment (JPG). Click on the image to see larger version. (01 September 2007) 10 points




Tharun Bhascker storyboard frame.png

200px
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Tharun Bhascker has completed this assignment (JPG). Click on the image to see larger version. (5 September 2007) 10 points




Moraistelmo thumbnails sample.png

Moraistelmo thumbnail Storyboards.png
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Moraistelmo has completed this assignment (JPG). Click on the image to see larger version. (7 September 2007) 10 points




Elisia Johnson Thumbnail Storyboard sample.png

Elisia Johnson Thumbnail Storyboards full.png
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Elisia Johnson has completed this assignment (PNG). Click on the image to see larger version. (01 October 2007) 10 points




Syed Sibte Hassan SBTDS Thumbnail Storyboard Sample.png


Syed Sibte Hassan SBTDS Thumbnail Storyboard p1.png Syed Sibte Hassan SBTDS Thumbnail Storyboard p2.png
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Sibte Hassan has completed this assignment. (6 October 2007) 10 points




Mattjames17 Sample Thumbnail Storyboard.png


Mattjames17 Thumbnail storyboard1.JPG Mattjames17 Thumbnail storyboard2.JPG
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Mattjames17 has completed this assignment. (30 October 2007) 10 points




Thumbnail storyboard sample Cristiana.png


Thumbnail storyboard sheet Cristiana.png
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Cristiana has completed this assignment. (08 November 2007) 10 points




William Lewis-Seduced by the dark side frame.png


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William Lewis has completed this assignment. (13 November 2007) 10 points




Manuelciosici storyboard frame.png


Manuelciosici storyboard.png
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Manuelciosici has completed this assignment. (05 December 2007) 10 points




Pruthvirajg Thumbnail frame.png


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Pruthvirajg has completed this assignment. (10 December 2007) 10 points




Davidmp4 storyboard frame.png


Davidmp4 storyboard.jpg
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Davidmp4 has completed this assignment. (21 December 2007) 7 points




Alideniz Storyboard SBTDS sample frame.png


Alideniz Storyboard SBTDS 1.jpg Alideniz Storyboard SBTDS 2.jpg
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Alideniz has completed this assignment. (01 January 2008) 10 points




Sereyaco storyboard frame SBTDS.png


Sereyaco Thumbnail storyboard SBTDS.jpg
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Sereyaco has completed this assignment. (03 January 2008) 10 points




Marcus mac thumbnail storyboard a.jpg


Marcus mac thumbnail storyboard.jpg
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Marcus Mac has completed this assignment. (28 January 2008) 10 points




Mike305 Storyboard adj frame.png


Mike305 Storyboard adj.jpg
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Mike305 has completed this assignment. (01 March 2008) 10 points




Vikram Acharya Thumbnail Storyboard frame.jpg


Vikram Acharya Thumbnail Storyboard.jpg
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Vikram_Acharya has completed this assignment. (30 March 2008) 10 points



Eldorino Thumbnail Storyboard frame.jpg


Eldorino Thumbnail Storyboard.jpg
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Eldorino has completed this assignment. (05 April 2008) 10 points

Completed assignment - Creating the thumbnail storyboard

June 12, 2008 -- Rick14 has created a thumbnail storyboard.

Rick14 SBTDS thumbnail frame.png


Rick14 SBTDS thumbnail storyboard.png
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