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From Word to Image: Storyboarding and the Filmmaking Process

Michael Wiese Productions

By Marcie Begleiter K’76
Posted January 1, 2001
Tags Alumni Books Faculty Books
Whether you're a director, screenwriter, producer, editor, or storyboard artist, the ability to tell stories with images is essential to your craft. This remarkable book is engineered to help both word- and image-oriented artists learn how to develop and sharpen their visual storytelling skills via storyboarding. Readers are taken on a step-by-step journey into the previsualization process, including breaking down the script, using overhead diagrams to block out shots, and creating usable drawings for film frames that collaborators can easily understand. Also includes discussion of compositional strategies, perspective, and figure notation as well as practical information on getting gigs, working on location, collaborating with other crew members, and much more.

Includes never-seen-before storyboards and illustrations from DeMille's Ten Commandments (1956) , Stanley Kramer's "On the Beach", Godzilla (1998), WimWender's "The Million Dollar Hotel", Francis Coppola's "The Cotton Club and many more.

Reviews

[Storyboard art] is the film’s unsung hero… Thankfully, [author Marcie] Begleiter has given the subject its own place in the sun through this groundbreaking practical guide and historic companion.
DGA Magazine (Directors Guild of America)

This bright and gracious work is so clear in its intent and organization that it instantly seems a film instruction classic and a must for any visual artist as well as filmmaker. Ms. Begleiter defines image making with so much clarity as to open a new door in one's mind. The book speaks: this is what you do and how, now get going!
Richard Hoover
Production Designer: Girl Interrupted; Dead Man Walking

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