Pre-visualizing Catan

A note about writing notes: When I get an idea, it usually comes like a flash of lighting: strong, loud, and quick-fading. If I don’t write something down then I quickly forget most of the passion behind an idea. I keep either a pad of paper/pen next to my bed when I sleep or I use Evernote on the iPhone to jot an idea down.

This Catan trailer is a really stupid thing, but it’s a case example in pre-visualization. I’ve had enough conversations with others about pre-visualization that I wanted to dwell on the topic just a bit longer.

Richard Williams, a talented and award-winning student composer at BYU, recently sent me a link to a re-scored version of my Catan trailer. I think that this offers a vast improvement:

Shortly after watching it with his soundtrack I found the scrap piece of white paper that I had used to scribble the storyboards for this little trailer. Storyboarding is generally an organized step in a production workflow, and usually features art that’s a lot more developed that these uber-rough sketches. Also, the storyboards are much more canonical templates for what will ultimately be filmed.

For me, it’s usually the fastest way to get an idea on paper, and is nothing more than a personal note containing enough visual information for me to leave it aside for a time and pick up later where I left off. Since these were only a rough sketch of the concept, I changed a few things later when filming.

Settlers of Catan storyboards from Garrett Wesley Gibbons on Vimeo.

Here’s the original video, so you can play a game with your friends and see which shots changed and which stayed the same!

The Settlers of Catan: The Movie (Trailer) from Garrett Wesley Gibbons on Vimeo.

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