Emelia and I were happy with our animated storyboards because to us, it all made sense and we felt as though the flow was fairly decent for a film within the genre of a thriller. However, we began to wonder whether or not our animated storyboard and, ultimately, plot for our opening made sense to other. Because of these queries, we decided that it would be best to show our animated video to family and friends and note their viewpoints and opinions.
Firstly, we asked for opinions surrounding the pace of our 2 minute opening. From asking, we received varying answers. However, on the whole most people agreed that what we had was a believable pace for a thriller film. When we asked why they thought this, the majority of replies said that it was because “it helped to give a creepy or foreboding atmosphere” (Sally, 16). In complete comparison to this, some people said that the pace gave an almost “safe” atmosphere. Although at first rather baffled by the huge contrast between the two opinions, Emelia and I were not too worried as both of these opinions could work to our advantage. For example, the “creepy or foreboding atmosphere” could work to our advantage as it would help our film opening of it within our desired genre, thriller. On the other hand, the “safe” atmosphere could work to our advantage as the setting and location of our opening is meant to give off this feeling at first in lead up to the shock and twist at the end.
We then asked our family and friends whether or not they understood the plot of our film because we felt as though it only made sense to us as we know the background of each frame. The majority of people said that they understood what was going on throughout the scene and understood the movement and actions of the character completely. However, others mentioned that they were confused whether there was one or two young girls. When asking them why they thought this, it was clear to Emelia and I that the source of the confusion was due to the fact that the two of us have varying drawing technique and did not draw the young girl exactly the same as each other. This is something that we would consider changing if we were to re draw these storyboards, however as a whole we are happy with this feedback as we were extremely worried as to people would be able to tell what had been drawn because of the fact that neither of us are the most amazing of artists.
Overall, Emelia and I are happy with the feedback that we have received from our friends and family. We are now excited to use the animation when filming as we believe that it will be extremely useful in the chaos of it all!
Emelia and I spent a fair deal of time on completing our storyboards. However, we felt as though the storyboards were an important aspect of the planning as they would be so much help in future aspects of making our film opening. Although the continuity of our storyboards is not fantastic due to the fact that the split up the task between the two of us, we are happy with the flow of our film and can clearly picture the end product in our heads. Emelia and I are not the most talented of artists and so some drawings may not make as much sense to others as they do to us; however, we do not think that this is a huge problem as it is us who needs to understand the planning of the shot. If we were to have more time, I would be tempted to create a set of storyboards online using software such as http://www.storyboardthat.com where you can create a cartoon version of your storyboards. Emelia and I also did not include as much detail within the frames as we maybe should have done; however, once again we did not view this as hugely important as we are not 100% sure of these details now anyway and so the shot would be inaccurate. Overall, we are fairly pleased with our storyboards.
In order to be able to visualise the flow of our film opening to the maximum extent, we decided to animate the storyboards. To do this, I had to take individual shots of each frame. I then imported these onto iMovie and ordered them correctly. I then had to consider the timings and shorten/lengthen the shots until I was happy with the outcome. Emelia and I thought that the animation would be more useful if it was simply of the drawing itself rather than including the writing and dialogue etc into the animation. We decided this as then you can focus more on what is occurring in each shot. Now that we have an animated video of our storyboard, we can use this to our advantage and plan to bring the video with us when filming. We plan to do this as we believe that it will help us to concentrate on the flow, stay efficient and eliminate mistakes surrounding rules such as the ‘180 Degree Rule’. Here is our animated film of our storyboards…
When sitting down to begin drawing our storyboards, Emelia and I were unsure on the various shots that we wanted to use and the flow of our film. In order to come over this and to get a more general view into the various shots in our opening, Emelia and I decided to plan out each storyboard square before beginning to draw. Also, this meant that Emelia and I could split the storyboards up between us knowing exactly what we had to do. We chose to split up the task so that we could carry on with the process faster whilst having highly detailed storyboards. When planning what would be in each shot, Emelia and I had to consider the types of shots often seen in thriller films. We also had to consider the range of our shots. For example, continuous use of long shots would distance the viewers from the film as it may seem more unrealistic and boring. Once Emelia and I had finished planning out our shots, we split them between us and began our sketching. However, it was rather tedious bringing in the many A3 sheets into school and we also often found ourselves struggling to find the correct sheet! Because of this, I decided to animate the plan in a short video as this would be easy for us to access and also allowed us to visualise the flow and movement of the film. Here is the animation of our storyboard plan…