Digital Video SIG: Storyboards - How and Why: From The Pros to the Non Artist

  • August 25, 2009 · 7:00 PM
  • Micro Center

The Digital Video Special Interest Group (SIG) brings together presentations on video editing and special effects software, including Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe After Effects. Members share their experiences with video taping and using related software tools such as Adobe Photoshop. Camera equipment, both still and video, is also demonstrated and reviewed. Terry Syndergaard is the Manager of this SIG, which meets on the second Tuesday of every month. The fee for non-OCMMA members is $10, or $5 for students. Visit for more information.

Program: Storyboards - How and Why: From The Pros to the Non Artist

Professionals use storyboards because they have expensive talent and crew on their payroll and cannot afford to have them waiting while they figure out the most dynamic camera angles or experiment with lighting to create mood.

If you have hesitated in the past because you are not a good artist or not sure how to create a storyboard, come to this meeting and we will remove those concerns. We will show a range of storyboarding techniques suitable for a famed Hollywood producer or your own in-house production.

Terry Syndergaard will show his hand drawn storyboards for "Deterrence" the first feature film by Rod Lurie (The Contender, Commander In Chief, Resurrecting The Champ) and how it relates to movie-making. • Save time and money with storyboard visualization of camera direction, props needed, locations, set-ups, and lighting issues.

• Have a better production with dynamic camera angles and creative lighting for emotional mood manipulation

• Remove stress with a “Plan B” when your idea doesn’t work with the reality of the location.

Bonnie Erdrich has worked with Terry on several productions and will show her “very rough” storyboards used for the exact timing of animation and music videos and then show the videos to see how it works – all without being a great artist.

Problems that were overcome in the Music Video:

• Getting Kicked out - Bonnie got the close up shot she needed of the train passing by, before she was told, “No shoot!” at the train station.

• Everything in 15 minutes - For the nightclub scene our star was playing a real gig in a club on a Saturday afternoon. We could only shoot the scenes during his breaks. We had just 15 minutes to light the scene, set up and shoot.

•Visual Effects Misconception – To pull off a special effects shot we needed to match move an extreme close up of a harmonica with video of passing train windows. We were able to see that it couldn’t be done as video without an expensive motion control rig, but it could be successful when combined with macro photography.

Bring your storyboards or your projects that you would like storyboarded and we can help you getting started. This will be a two part series: • This month - How to create storyboards and why they will help your production.

• Next month - Joann Le Cocq will show her storyboarding techniques using Toon Boom Storyboard Pro.

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  • Bonnie E.

    It was great. We had good questions and audience participation. We showed a range of the scratchiest looking storyboards to the most refined for a Hollywood producer. Participants were able to see the effectiveness of storyboards without having to be refined, just getting the timing, action and camera angles planned before it's time to shoot. Participants were encouraged to bring their ideas for storyboards to the next session as we expand the topic to include software that helps with storyboard creation.

    August 27, 2009

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