Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Curtains, Lights - Planning Your Own PSA's

I have an appreciation for Alfred Hitchcock movies. Even the old ones he filmed in England. Hitchcock planned every shot, movement and camera angle. Alfred did this before one frame of film was exposed. In film, television and game production this is called making a storyboard.

You do not have to be as precise as Mr. Hitchcock. Storyboarding does help to pre-visualize your slide show so that the PSA delivers your message. It does not have to be complicated. Pen and paper will do just fine. For example, you could just do the following:

Scene 1
Video: A shot of an abandoned couch
Audio: Musical loop
Duration: 2 seconds

Scene 2
Video: Title Card - Don't
Audio: Musical loop
Duration: 2 seconds

And continue until you have your project storyboard finished.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with pen and paper I do have a free software option. Atomic Learning has a free download of Storyboard Pro. It is a program that lets you enter the type of shot you want and helps you keep track of the length of the project. And as a plus the program gives tips on good film making techniques.

It is available in both Windows and Macintosh versions -
Once you have your outline or storyboard set up you can gather your shots.

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