If you are a filmmaker and an iPad or iPhone user, here is a great app that will help you in creating a storyboard for your film: Storyboard Composer by creator Cinemek. The app is currently $14.99 (iPhone), although there is a HD version for $29.99 (iPhone & iPad), both of which are somewhat hefty prices, but this reviewer believes it is worth it in the long run considering what the app can do.
The nice thing is that you don't have to know how to draw (we’re assuming that if you could, you would be handling the storyboarding freehand yourself). And better still, this is not a complicated program to tackle. You work with drawings or with pictures from your own photo library, so you will first need to get those initial drawings made (by someone else, we take it) or better still, take some pictures. Think through how you want your shot composed, set up a rough version of the scene at any location, and snap a few photos. Easy enough, huh?
Once you’ve got that done, you can to dive into the powerful uses of the app by loading your pictures through the menu and selecting any of the photos you would like to use for your storyboard. You can easily click and drag photos into place and reorder them to put them in proper sequence. You can also add “people” to the photos as necessary to complete the shot.
Then it’s time to add some motion to the shots to demonstrate the camera motions you intend to use to get the correct effect, which is an equally easy function in Storyboard Composer. You simply select a photo, pick all sorts of additions from the margins around the shot: arrows to show motion, notes, scene & shot numbers. You can also add whatever kind of move you want to add – dolly shots, pans, etc. – from the choices around the screen, and adjust it manually for duration and framing. It’s pretty intuitive, so it’s hard to screw up. You’re then able to play back the moves you made to see what your final shot would approximately look like.
Once you’ve finished with each of your shots, you can play back all of them in order to get an approximate idea of what your final sequence will look like. Then – and here is an important feature – you can either export it as a movie file or as a PDF file, enabling you to save it to your computer hard drive or to share it with other people on your team.
Storyboard Composer allows the pro or amateur film maker to develop their shots and sequences in an easily manipulated and transportable app. Overall, this app provides film makers with the ability to do a ton of work ahead of time so that they can move much more efficiently and effectively when it is time to shoot the film.
This reviewer highly recommends Storyboard Composer to film makers at all levels for its overall ease of use and powerful capabilities.
For more information, see: http://cinemek.com/storyboard/
The Hollywood Connect Staff