Ty Laser is a high school star athlete who goes thru astronomical turmoil in order to reach his goal of becoming a professional. – From “The Laser Effect” IMDb page.
You all know I love working on set and this is yet another project I am privileged to work on. I am an associate producer on “The Laser Effect”.
Let’s Get to Work!
Today an outside scene and an inside scene was filmed.
A storyboard was used to augment understanding of the indoor scene.
The storyboard is a series of panels (similar to a comic book) where the look of a scene is illustrated (along with explanatory text). The images, taken in sequence, define the visual flow of the scene. When people read a script, they will all come away with a different interpretation. But the storyboard reflects exactly what the producer and director intend, which in turn is communicated to the rest of the cast and crew.
The look of a storyboard can range to simple sketches to full color renderings. The level of detail in a storyboard need be only as much that is necessary to convey the message. At today’s shoot, the characters in the storyboard were represented by stick figures.
The storyboard for the inside scene was drawn by Tashaun. As cast and crew were discussing the storyboard, revisions were made.
Behind the Scenes Photography
All photos are from the author’s collection.
A word of wisdom from the author. Do not be afraid to ask. That is how I am getting to work on-set of more projects.
I will continue to document the “The Laser Effect” experience.
Please provide your thoughts and questions in the comments. I would really enjoy hearing from you. If you have a topic in mind you would like me to cover, please let me know.
Mark Simon, Storyboards: Motion in Art, 3rd Edition, 2007, Focal Press
Originally published May 18, 2018. Updated October 15, 2020 to adjust category assignments.