An essential read and guidebook for aspiring filmmakers or wannabe storyboard artists. -- Brntwd Magazine, April, 2002
An exciting aspect of (this) book is the way Begleiter helps film/videomakers change the way they think and express themselves... -- Today's Librarian, August, 2001
Begleiter has given the subject its own place in the sun through this groundbreaking paractical guide and historic companion. -- DGA Magazine, March, 2002
The book teaches the importance of putting vision on paper...regardless of budget or artistic ability. -- Indie Slate September, 2001
From the Author
In 1990 I was invited to teach a seminar at the American Film Institute on storyboarding. I created a weekend workshop based on my experiences of working with first-time directors. These men and women often came to directing through writing and were much less comfortable communicating about the visual aspects of the medium than they were about the narrative. I set out to make visual communication accessible to those filmmakers who felt they had no talent for it.
From the beginning, the workshop achieved a popularity neither I nor AFI had anticipated. I added private workshops held each month at a local hotel and was eventually asked to join the film faculty at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. There I have been able to work with student filmmakers and develop a curriculum that encompasses many forms of pre-visualization for film including color theory, composition, storyboarding and narrative structure as it applies to constructing the frame.
This book is an extension of the work that has come out of these classes as well as those given at the Directors Guild of America, USC and the Filmschule in Cologne, Germany. It has brought me great joy to introduce and expand upon the aesthetic as well as the technical aspects of visualization for film. It is my intention that the information contained in this volume will be of some use to you in your projects, whether they be for the classic media of film, television or the new media that takes us beyond linear structure.