To best understand the benefits of all this, let's look at the script-to-screen process and compare how it works with traditional, drawn storyboards versus FrameForge's native 3D Previsualization and its Data-Rich Storyboards™.
  • Starting from the script, you have an idea for a shot and assemble the set or location in FrameForge simply by starting from one of its dressed stock sets or using its extensive object library to create the space you will be shooting in.
  • You set up your camera and aspect ratio specs, or if you don't know them yet, just use an approximation.
  • You frame the shot you had in mind.
At this point, however, you'll discover the first vital difference between FrameForge's previsualization process and traditional storyboarding...
While in both cases you started with the shot you had in mind, with FrameForge you'll naturally determine whether that shot is actually practical to shoot. Because, while you can draw anything with forced perspective, when you're working in FrameForge's optically accurate virtual space with the real constraints of your actual shooting situation: space, equipment limits, true perspective and so on, you can only prepare what you can shoot.

And the good news is, if you find you do have to adapt it from what you initially imagined, you can do it now in your preproduction, not on set like you would with a traditional storyboard.
Frame Comparisons
In a traditional storyboarding process you would then move onto the next frame, but in FrameForge Previz Studio, because you're effectively on set, you can instead use that first shot concept as a jumping off point to try any kind of variations.

High angles, low angles, different focal lengths... they're all right at your fingertips in your virtual set, allowing you to truly find the best shot choices, rather than settling for your very first ideas.
Low angle will require an effects plate for the burning pirate ship in the distance
High angle will require a jib to get the camera up to about 18-19 feet to get this shot
Once you've chosen the best shot based on a combination of its practicality, budget and dramatic effect, you can share its real-world, data-rich storyboard frames among different department heads to have clearer, more practical discussions based on real-world technical and production data rather than abstract sketches.
Planned Shot

This data can also help:

  • Clarify the shoot's equipment needs
  • Contribute to budget and scheduling decisions
  • Open up the lines of communications among all departments which let you collectively identify potential problems and solve them long before you get on the set.
lighting fixture
on day of shoot
Camera on Dolly

Your cast and crew review both the storyboards and the bird’s eye view of the set along with all technical camera data, allowing everyone to work independently and giving each department more time to do what they do best.

Without the need for constant, extensive consultations:

  • The DP has more time getting the look of the shot perfect
  • The director has more time with the actors
  • The gaffers can go straight to work knowing not only where the camera will be placed but also what it will see, allowing them to be more efficient and independent, particularly in terms of prepping for the next shot
Your shoot will benefit in ways you probably don't even normally associate with storyboards.

Because everyone is literally on the same page, and potential problems were solved even before they became problems, your shoot will:

  • Run smoother and more efficiently
  • Allow everyone to be more creative instead of spending their time problem-solving
  • Often wrap earlier while still giving you more coverage because of all the time saved by trouble-shooting in preproduction rather than on set

This extra time also gives you the opportunity to fully take advantage of the “magic” that often happens on set, and better prepares you to adapt more effectively to the changing needs of your shoot.

The Bottom Line

Shoots prepped with FrameForge Previz Studio's Data-Rich Storyboards run smoother, cost less and produce more creative end products. Can your current storyboarding process say any of that?

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