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The basics of narrative filmmaking
This lesson is:
Creating the thumbnail storyboards
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Introduction - Creating the thumbnail storyboards

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.


Five example storyboards for our movie.

Example Thumbnail Storyboards

The major challenge is finding the best way to start the movie. There is no correct answer.
Therefore, I will show you some interesting examples:

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Example 1. Start with a wide-angle shot…

Fade In
Dolly In
Pedestal Down
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Nuvola apps noatun.png CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE. (Example 1) Nuvola apps noatun.png


In this EXAMPLE (1), the scene starts with a simple wide angle shot showing the entire movie set. Two people are viewing a movie poster in front of a theater. The camera quickly dollies in and we see that the poster is for Star Wars. The Star Wars' theme plays for three seconds. Then the camera moves down to watch the back of the Younger Person who beings to speak…


Example 2. Start with a side shot…

Fade In
Cut To
Dolly Out
SBTDSChooseTSB1a.jpg SBTDSChooseTSB1b.jpg SBTDSChooseTSB1c.jpg


Nuvola apps noatun.png CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE. (Example 2) Nuvola apps noatun.png


In this EXAMPLE (2), the scene starts with a simple wide angle shot from the side of two people looking at a movie poster on the wall. We hear the sounds outside a movie theater at night. Then the camera cuts to the poster which is Star Wars. The camera moves back past the heads of the two people. The Young Person begins to speak…


Example 3. Start with a close-up shot of the young person….

Fade In
Cut To
Cut To
SBTDSChooseTSB1e.jpg SBTDSChooseTSB1b.jpg SBTDSChooseTSB1f.jpg


Nuvola apps noatun.png CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE. (Example 3) Nuvola apps noatun.png


In this EXAMPLE (3), the scene starts with a close-up shot of the Young Person who is obviously interested in something he sees. Then the camera cuts to movie poster for Star Wars and the musical theme plays for three seconds. Then the camera cuts to a side view of the Young Person and perhaps someone standing next to the Young Person. The Young Person begins to speak…


Example 4. Start with a close-up shot of the movie poster…

Fade In
Cut To
Dolly To
SBTDSChooseTSB1b.jpg SBTDSChooseTSB1e.jpg SBTDSChooseTSB1d.jpg


Nuvola apps noatun.png CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE. (Example 4) Nuvola apps noatun.png

In this EXAMPLE (4), the scene starts with a close-up shot of the movie poster and then cuts to the Young Person. The camera slowly dollies out to show both the Younger Person and the Older Person. The Younger Person begins to speak…


Example 5. Start with a close-up shot of the movie poster…

Fade In
Dolly To
Thumbnail storyboard SBTDS Ugoglen 1.jpg Thumbnail storyboard SBTDS Ugoglen 2.jpg Thumbnail storyboard SBTDS Ugoglen 3.jpg


Nuvola apps noatun.png CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE. (Example 5) Nuvola apps noatun.png

In this EXAMPLE (5), the scene starts with a close-up shot of the movie poster and then the camera slowly dollies out to show both the Younger Person and the Older Person. The Younger Person begins to speak…





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Reference materials

Reference materials for Seduced by the Dark Side! that you might need.
  • The storyboard outline. Print this script outline and use the numbers on this script for your thumbnail storyboards.
  • The original story. To get additional information for your storyboards, look at the original story.
  • A possible floor plan for the movie set. This will help you plan your shots.


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
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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

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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


Pruthvirajg Thumbnail Image2.jpg
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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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