Filmmaking Basics/Thumbnail Storyboard/Examples/Example 2

This is an example Thumbnail Storyboard

Start with a side view
In this example, we start with a side view. In this view we see the two people looking at something on the wall. Then we look at what they are looking at which is the movie poster.

Thumbnail Storyboard Example #2

The Thumbnail Storyboards for "Seduced by the Dark Side"

EXTERIOR - The local movie theater - NIGHT

Fade In

Cut To

Dolly Out

(1) The Young Person and Old Person stand looking at the movie poster outside the theater.

  • When the movie starts, I don't want anyone to know what the two people are looking at. I just want street noise (cars on wet pavement, etc.). Then as soon as the scene cuts to the poster, I want the "Star Wars" theme to play very strongly. I want to shock the audience awake.
    Then I want the camera to slowly dolly out so that we see the heads of the two people. (The camera crosses from inside to outside the line.)

Pedestal Down

(2) Young Person: "That was a great movie..."

  • Even though the start of this movie is totally different from Example 1, the rest of the movie is the same as Example 1. In this example, I have a different beginning so I can create more of a shock to the audience… from just street noise to the shot (and music) of the poster.

Dolly Left

(3) Young Person (contined): "but I do not understand one thing."

Cut To

(4) Old Person: "What's that?"

Cut To

(5) Young Person: "How can anyone be seduced by the Dark Side?"

Cut To

(6) The old person thinks for a while.

(7) Old Person: "What computer do you have at home?"

Cut To

(8) Young Person (eagerly): "A Macintosh!"

Cut To

(9) Old Person: "But what computer does your father use at work?"

Cut To

(10) The young person thinks for a moment.

(11) Young Person (amazed and excited): "Seduced by the Dark Side!"

Cut To

(12) The Old Person smiles.

Cut To

Zoom out

(13) Old Person and the Young Person walk toward home together.

(14) Fade to Black.

The End

Point Of Reference:

This scene will be filmed outside the line. (Away from the poster = In the pink area). Therefore, the camera will never cross the line.

The Floor Plan for the Movie

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