At Koi-Fly, storyboards are an important tool in our production process. We utilize storyboards as a visual reference for the shots needed for a commercial or web video. Before the shoot, the Director and DP can use these drawings in order to help design the lighting and blocking of each scene.

David Bisson, our Director of Production and in-house storyboard artist, fostered his talent for storyboarding through his long love of doodling. As artists, storyboarders usually approach each project differently depending on the status of the project’s script and shot list. They also have particular tools to get the optimal outcome such as specific paper and pencils… and, of course, the right music playlist.

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Types of Storyboarding

There are two main types of storyboarding we use: one method illustrates the script while the other illustrates the shotlist. David finds it best to tailor his storyboarding process to accommodate both of these approaches. In illustrating a script, David will be given an idea or script, then visualize it, and put it to paper. This method is helpful when it comes to getting a sense of what the shots will look like, and allows the team to build a shotlist from the storyboard.

When illustrating the shotlist, the director will come to David with a specific shot in mind. From this, he is tasked with translating this idea on paper, so that the crew can faithfully recreate the director’s vision when it comes time to shoot.

Technicalities

Storyboarding is not all about drawing, though. There are some technical aspects that must be considered, such as the aspect ratio, which refers to the ratio between the width and height of the shot. Koi-Fly typically shoots in 16:9. So, in order to make sure that his storyboards are transferable to film, David uses a drawing template with the same ratio.

Storyboards are an important and essential tool in filmmaking, and according to David, they are proof that childhood doodling can pay off in the long run.

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