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Written by Reviewed by Amanda Lynn Porter   

From Word to Image: Storyboarding and the Filmmaking Process focuses mostly on the storyboarding. Expecting limited knowledge of the storyboarding process, the author, Marcie Begleiter, starts from the beginning. Much of the book is concentrated on maximizing perspectives, understanding the power of color, and organizing and balancing figures and texts within the frame. 
As many people have difficulty transferring ideas to paper, Begleiter starts with visualizing the scene and helps the reader understand the timeline that storyboarding requires in preproduction. Even professionally trained graphic designers appreciate the more advanced tips that help maximize workflow. 

For visual learners, the book includes plenty of graphics. Including aspect ratio calculations, ratio templates in the back of the book, actual storyboarding diagrams, and helpful storyboarding resources, Begleiter relays her vast knowledge on the art of storyboarding within the filmmaking process.

About the Author: Marcie Begleiter is a writer and educator who specializes in previsualization. She has worked extensively in the film, television, and interactive industries and is owner of Filmboards, whose client list includes Paramount, TriStar, New Line, HBO, and ABC. In academia, she is the founding director of the Integrated Learning Program, an interdisciplinary design curriculum, at the Otis College of Art and Design and has served on the faculties of Art Center College of Design, the American Film Institute, and the International Film Schools in Cologne, Germany. She has also been a featured lecturer in many venues, including the British Film Institute (BFI), the Game Developer’s Converence, and the Digital Video Expo, where she has given presentations on storyboarding, color, and new media production. She is a recipient of an NEA project grant a Foundation for Arts Resources grant, and Faculty Enrichment Grants from Art Center and Otis Colleges. In addition, Ms. Begleiter is a playwright member of the Actor’s Studio.

Table of Contents:

Storyboards in Preproduction
Text, Image, and Diagram
Aspect Ratio
The Extended Frame
Figure Notation
Getting a Gig
About the Author

Vital statistics
ISBN-10: 978193290 
ISBN-13: 978193290767 
Publication date: 1 Jan 2010 
Language: English
Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.7 inches

Available from Michael Wiese Productions, or any bookseller.

Associate Editor, Amanda Lynn Porter has been involved in many aspects of video/film production. Starting a video production class at her middle school in eighth grade, Amanda has always enjoyed every aspect of videography. After producing many in-school productions, including a daily newscast, Amanda branched out and began directing and producing commercials and short films for law firms, intermediate school districts, and various associations throughout Michigan.


Most recently, Amanda worked for Michael Moore on his latest documentary: Capitalism: A Love Story. You can read her new column, Amanda's Book Nook each month in School Video News.