After completing my storyboard, I decided to put the images together and make an animatic. An animatic is the individual scenes of the storyboard put together in a sequence to the music that I am going to use in my film. The purpose of an animatic is to make the actors and the other people involved in the film an idea as to what I want the film to look like scene by scene.
Before making my own animatic I wanted to get some inspiration of what I wanted to make, and how my animatic should look. So I went on to previous students work who shared there A2 animatic, I watched them and then I wrote what I liked about them and what I would do differently when making my own animatic.
This is one of the Animatics I used to inspire how I was going to make my own. Although this animatic is based on a music video rather than a short film I think its still beneficial to watch it and look at the strengths and weaknesses, because then I am able to improve my own and make sure I add in all the elements of the storyboard I need to to make it successful and meaningful.
I like that this animatic has a good solid drawings behind it showing the amount of characters that the director wants in each scene and the dance positions that they want them in. I like that this animatic also shows all the shots in an order which shows the dance moves to be flowing and look like they are in the right sequence, so they don’t start off in one area and end up in the next, they look like the motions will all flow into one which I think is a good solid skill that needs to go into the planning otherwise it will all just look jittery and it won’t flow.
However I don’t think that the music is copy right and royalty free, which is a highly important part of the animatic as this is meant to be the music that you will be using in your final thing. I also don’t like how the editing software zooms in on the shots, I think that this doesn’t give the audience enough time to see where the director wants you to be positioned at this point. I think that the camera movements should be mapped out on the drawings rather than the editing doing that. I also think that the information included on the drawings are limited, there is no mention of the colour that the director wants, the camera angle the duration that the shot will be played for and the location will the shot be filmed inside or outside? If outside what time will it be shot? Because if the filming runs over two days or more then it can be easily picked up at the same time on the following day to make sure the lighting is as similar as it can be.
This was a very helpful video around how the animatic and the storyboard are going to be shown in the film. I liked watching this and seeing how similar they are and how the animatic can clearly resemble so closely and help the film develop, I think that this is a way to highlight how important an animatic is to the development of the film.
I think the storyboard detail really also helps the understanding of what the characters should be doing and when. I think that having a really clear storyboard is key to having a really strong developed animatic and therefore film. I want to include the arrows that show the camera movements but also the arrows that suggest to the actors what they ate meant to be doing at what point in each scene. All I want to add in my storyboard that wasn’t used in this one is the location, time of shot, what sounds will be used, comments on the Mise-En-Scene, and the duration of the shot.
For my animatic I used the same audio that I would be using in my final draft. I however didn’t edit the sound as I wish to in the final cut, this is because I’m want to look more at the physical shots and see where would be best realistically to fade one out and the other in. I also haven’t put the name of the film because again I haven’t decided what I want to call it. I will use both this and the physical storyboard when I am filming, I will use this because I want my actress to see how I want it to flow. I think that this is a useful technique to use because it gives more of a representation of what the shots will be like and in what order.