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Story Boards

Story boards give a feel to the studio for the entire movie. For this the movie is broken right down and the storyboards depict every single little detail that happens e.g. Balto walks slowly through the street at night, he looks down, the camera looks down with him to a puddle, he sees his fur sticking up on his head, he looks up, he tries to press it down with a paw, he looks again, it is still sticking up, he looks embarressed and carries on walking. All of that has to be recorded in storyboards before it can be animated.

Usually story boards will contain
1. Basic sketch of the frame
2. Movement direction
3. Text from the script and/or information about the frame
4. Information on graphics, video, sound, text and colour
5. An individual number

To record information you can't necessarily draw, then written text is used or arrows to depict such things as movement are used such as the direction of snow falling or the direction the character is turning.

Below is a nice example of a storyboard which contains the necessary information needed to animate that frame.

Story boards don't have to be as well drawn as that however, the idea is just to show each frame with the basic information in, stick men would do and many people (such as Spielberg and Hitchcock) can't draw so go with that instead when developing their ideas.

Once a scene has been created in storyboard form, it is usually pinned up on a board and mapped out in order and at this stage the movie may be chopped, changed and reordered depending on how well it flows. This map of storyboards can also be copied onto layout style sheets so animators can have copies each. This was done with Balto, see below

To see more storyboards that didn't make the final film, check out the Cut Scenes section!

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