Once students have written their scripts, the next stage of the filmmaking process is developing a storyboard. A storyboard is made up of all the shots the students want to film to best tell their story. It gives them the opportunity to think about where to place the camera, which character they should be focused on, as well as little things like filming a close-up of an important object, or shots of outside a building so we can see that characters have changed locations.
The quality of the drawings is not important. It really isn’t! It doesn’t matter if the students draw stick figures. The importance of this process is to visualise what the finished film will look like and then commit it to paper so they will know exactly what they need to film on the day.
Once again, less is best. The more shots a film has, the more time it takes to set up the equipment and record each one and it is important to be realistic about how much filming can be achieved in the allotted time frame.
Standard shots include establishing shots (a shot of the location where the story takes place so the viewer has context for the story), close ups of when people are saying something important, long or mid shots when you have a group of people in the scene or you want to see action.