Cinematic Direction
Updated: 3/25/2019
Cinematic Direction
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Storyboard Cinematic Direction & Action Cues- Storyboarding for films

Storyboard Text

  • SCENE 1 SHOT 1
  • Action: Clark walks up towards the house as the door opens, revealing Adele in her fancy dress. Sounds: Crickets in the background, the sound of passing cars Camera: Follows behind Clark, but then focuses on Adele.
  • SCENE 2 SHOT 1
  • SCENE 1 SHOT 2
  • Action: Clark is taken aback. Audio: (Internal dialogue) She looks amazing... Camera: Zoom in to focus on his amazed expression.
  • SCENE 2 SHOT 2
  • SCENE 1 SHOT 3
  • Action: Scene cuts to Clark helping Adele into his car. Audio: (barely audible "You look nice", "Thank you"). Rumbling of the engine Camera: No movement
  • SCENE 2 SHOT 3
  • Action: Car speeds down the road illuminated by moonlight Audio: Soft music begins to fade in Camera Action: Pan right to follow car down the road for a few moments
  • Action: The car with Clark & Adele pulls into a lot in front of a large mansion. The couple makes their way to the door Audio: Distant party noises Camera: Zoom into to follow the couple up to the door
  • Action: Party is alive, Adele is surrounded by excited talking men. Clark is in the back alone and ostricized. Audio: Party music and loud chatter and laughter Camera: Crowd blurred, focus on Adele and then on Clark.
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