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What the storyboard is useful for

The storyboard is something that just about everyone involved in producing a film will use at one time or another. It contains information about many things. Some of them are listed here:

  • Prop arrangement - what is needed and where it needs to be.

  • Actor arrangement - placement of actors and poses, expressions.

  • Camera shot types - angle, zoom, panning.

  • Lighting - artificial and natural lighting.

Of course, all of this information contributes towards giving people an idea of the overall story and how it flows from shot to shot and scene to scene. That’s something you can’t get by looking at a 100-page script. It also allows for a lot of continuity checks, such as checking that the scar on a person’s face is in the same position from shot to shot.