Watch: The Coen Brothers' Storyboard Artist Gives a Fun Lesson on the Proper Usage of Storyboards

Watch: The Coen Brothers' Storyboard Artist Gives a Fun Lesson on the Proper Usage of Storyboards

Aug 28, 2013

Storyboards are a practical filmmaking tool that offers more information about the visual layout of the movie. They're also a fascinating art form on their own, resembling rough comic book frames with a unique and secret language to describe action. Black arrows indicate movement, while big white arrows indicate a camera's path. They can take weeks to complete for a feature film, but every structure has a solid foundation, and that's what storyboards provide.

Here's a great little video we spotted on Filmmaker IQ that offers a peek at the storyboarding process of J. Todd Anderson. You may not recognize his name by itself, but he's a frequent collaborator of the Coen brothers. We get to see him in action as he storyboards his own entrance to the video interview (fun!). We catch a peek at some storyboards for the wonderful O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the George Clooney-directed film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Spend six minutes with a storyboarder and see how the magic happens.  

                 

                 

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