I thought I’d quickly show the style in which I like to put my commercial storyboards / mood-boards together. I’m not much of traditional artist so I prefer to use photo-boards which hopefully are much better at showing at a glance how a finished job might look. I do use traditional hand drawn boards but only on the shoot to outline framings and movement and to keep things straight in my head, but I rarely show these to the client.
I have my own photoshop template file which includes both a white and black background and also frame sizes for 16:9 and 2.35:1 pics. I use stock images from all over the web, I never just stick to one library and also frames grabbed from other videos on Vimeo and YouTube. In the end you are looking for images that give a sense of look and style rather than being the perfect image for the story, though it’s great if they can do this too.
I never use use stock images without first treating them in some way. Usually that means colour correction and compositing and I often prefer to do this directly in After Effects as it has many of the tools I would use to create the final work in anyway. I think this gives the images a feeling that they were frame grabbed straight from the finished work something that I find gives clients a great sense of security.
If anyone would like a copy of my storyboarding template file send me a message on Twitter @LediardMark.