If you really want to previsualize your project before shooting, either for your own benefit or to pitch a project to anyone, investors, potential collaborators or your boss, consider doing a “living storyboard”.
Here are the steps:
- Draw storyboard frames, or create in a drawing app – only need to draw wide shots where tighter shots have the same camera angle
- If you drew them on paper or cards, shoot a photo of each one
- Put the stills in your editing timeline in the right order
- Do a scratch audio track in which you do all the voices (and music and sound effects- and even comment on certain shots)
- Then make the storyboard still stretch over the right amount of time, using pans, tilts, and resize the image for medium and closeup shots when needed
This secret has worked well for others- for example, Elyse Couvillion used this secret to present her idea for “Sweet” to Allen Daviau, who agreed to DP her short based on her living storyboard created in Final Cut Pro.