Filmmaking Basics/3D Storyboard/FrameForge:Getting Started

Messages for students
This school is:
Narrative film production - Wikiversity Film School
This course is:
The basics of narrative filmmaking
This lesson is:
Lesson: 3D Storyboarding
Pages of this Lesson:
Storyboarding using 3D software
Introduction to FrameForge 3D Studio free demo version
Getting started with FrameForge 3D Studio
Page 1 - Getting started storyboarding "Seduced by the Dark Side!"
Page 2 - A simple example
Page 3 - Building a movie set inside FrameForge
Page 4 - Creating depth of field inside FrameForge free demo version
Before and After: corrections by instructor
The corrections for Sir Mok
All the completed storyboards by students
The amazing storyboard from Gare Cline


Getting started with FrameForge 3D Studio

Ways to use FrameForge 3D Studio

Two separate uses
The program has two different uses:
  • A. Rough planning
  1. When you first start out, do not build any set. Instead, just drag actors to the empty movie set and begin taking shots.
  2. Do not worry about facial expression or poses.

  • B. Final instructions to the crew
When you know exactly what you want, I recommend that you start over:
  1. Create the entire movie set (or download it).
  2. Populate the set with actors
  3. Properly cloth and pose each actor
  4. Take each shot
  5. Go back and refine each shot, adjust the hands and head, and creating a begginning and ending shot for each dolly move.

The most important feature of FrameForge 3D Studio

Freeze Time
The most important thing to remember about using FrameForge 3D Studio is when you take a picture (store a shot), you actually SAVE everything about that shot.
Therefore, when you go to the Storyboard Shot Manager, click on the picture you are interested in, and select EDIT ON SET, everything will be restored exactly as it was when you took that shot.

Always work in two stages

Quickly rough out and then polish later.
That means you can quickly rough out the shots that you want.
Then you can go back and polish the shots.
Remember: Replacing existing shots is very tricky. It is very logical once you know how but learning how is very confusing at first. The controls work like a tape recorders controls or a highly mechanical slide projector.

Understand the windows

Three windows in two
(1 & 2) The main window allows you to view from above and view through the different cameras. Both work very differently. Don't get confused which to use when.
(3) The Storyboard Shot Manager is your main work page. It seems secondary but actually, it is where you do most of your planning. Therefore, this window is much more important than it seems.

You need to record the dialog next.

The next page

Before I explain a way to create the movie set in FrameForge 3D Studio, you need to practice creating a few shots. Just for the fun of it, lets create shots with horses instead of people.
Go to the Exercise for creating two simple shots in FrameForge 3D Studio.

Contact your instructor

Your instructor for this filmmaking class is Robert Elliott. You can email me by clicking here.