Now you are at the heart of this course. Now this course becomes very challenging, educational and fun!
In this lesson, you use FrameForge 3D Studio FREE demo version to learn exactly how you will film this motion picture. With this program, you look through the motion picture camera's viewfinder to see a 3D version of your movie set complete with stand-in actors.
When you create the 3D storyboards, you make all the critical decisions for your motion picture. Pre-visualization is the key to pre-production planning.
Compare these two pictures
Look at these two pictures. The subject is the same. The position of the actors is the same.
Subtle differences in camera height and angle of view makes a very big difference to the meaning of the scene.
In this lesson, you must examine everything very carefully to get the best possible images.
Take your time! Work very carefully.
Planning each shot of the motion picture
We need both beautiful and accurate storyboards
FrameForge 3D Studio FREE demo version
In this lesson, you replace your thumbnail storyboards with very beautiful storyboards using free 3D software. The program you will use is FrameForge 3D Studio's free demo version for either the Macintosh PC or the Windows PC.
When you are finished, you will have the frames that you need for your animatic (which is a movie made from storyboards.) Therefore, you must be very careful to get the best possible images. These are the final frames you will use. Make them great!
Even though you have completed the thumbnail storyboards, you still do not know the timing, pace, and rhythm of the story.
To get this information, you need to create a movie from the storyboards which is called an animatic. That will give you the timing, pace and rhythm of the story.
The animatic will also give you a good idea if the movie will be a success or not.
The thumbnail storyboards are not good enough to make an animatic. You need better looking storyboards which are more detailed and accurate. We can make these storyboards using free 3D software such as FrameForge 3D Studio or free DAZ Studio, etc.
Note: In this course, we do not use programs such as Storyboard Artist which is only a 2D program. Programs such as Storyboard Quick and Storyboard Artist are great for thumbnail storyboards but are not accurate enough for your animatic.
Convert a thumbnail to a 3D image
Here is a frame from a thumbnail storyboard which must be turned into a more accurate and more beautiful storyboard.
A thumbnail storyboard
The final storyboard
Here is a frame from a 3D storyboard.
This was done in FrameForge 3D Studio using the free demo version.
One student's comment
"Working on FrameForge is not easy!! I have to get myself used to it. But one thing is for sure. This is one helluva software. Amazing! I really am enjoying this experience."
A 3D storyboard
The young person thinks for a moment.
YOUNG PERSON: Humm!