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SoleilSmile
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Why are beat boards only four panels? If they aren't how many can there be? I just did beat boards for a company and the director wants six panels instead of four.
Isn't part of the purpose of a beat board to edit and organize a story?
Please share your thoughts.

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Mr. Fun
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Well, who the heck made that "rule?" I've done dozens of beat boards and none of them followed any standard number of panels.

I guess this director just wants what he wants.

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SoleilSmile
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I was taught to do four in school. Ijust wanted know why my teacher insisted on four, because I'm burying my knuckles into my boss' head pushing the idea of four. I tend to be inflexible when I reflect upon training by teacher I worshipped. Anyhoo, thanks for responding Mr. Fun

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Steve G
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Mr Fun is right.
There is no set number of drawings needed for a beat board. It depends on how many beats are in the project you are doing - of course.

Don't be so inflexible...either you misunderstood your teacher or he's never worked on a real beatboard.

More importantly you need to do what your boss/client wants. If he is under the impression thatbthere a re 6 beats and you are under the impression there are only 4 beats you have bigger problems than how many drawings constitute a beatboard.

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dermot
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I think an odd number would look nice on a rectangular page

[Big Grin]

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SoleilSmile
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quote:
More importantly you need to do what your boss/client wants. If he is under the impression thatbthere a re 6 beats and you are under the impression there are only 4 beats you have bigger problems than how many drawings constitute a beatboard.

Oh I'll do as I'm told. I just wanna know why four and if any of you knew of such a rule. I'll ask my teacher and then ask further questions about how to determine the number of beats in a story. He works for Pixar now and very busy, so I know I'll be waiting a while for a response.

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tstevens
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Just for fun, I'd be curious to see what you come up with. Could you post your teachers response when you get a chance?

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SoleilSmile
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suuuuure

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Graphiteman
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Ummmmm......What's a beatboard?
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SoleilSmile
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OK, my teracher told me that a beat board can be of any number. He just wanted to discipline the class by making us do four to a selection of very short stories he derived from children's books. He also said that modern features are usually 25-30 sequences and in three acts( that solidifies that theory). He also recomended the book he slated as the companion to the class (which I never read because I was a bad girl) called "Making a Good Script Great" by Linda Seger. The author really ties down story and scene structure well he said.
OK? OK!
Well, I'm off to do some studying that I should've done 7 years ago!

TTFN!

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Graphiteman
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Good. But......

WHAT"S A BEAT BOARD?

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SoleilSmile
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Sorry hon'. A beat board is like a really short storyboard that summarizes each beat in a story in a single panel per beat. I'm sure there will be others Beatboards are very good for presentations to busy people like execs who don't have time to sit throuch an entire 25-30 sequence board.

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Graphiteman
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Thank You.
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tstevens
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Now depending on who you talk to a "beat" can be a lot of different things - a sequence, a scene, a shot, a story point. It can be about pacing, staging etc...

It is a pretty broad term.

How would Ya'll define the word "beat"????

Knowing that makes a pretty big difference in how you approach doing a "beat board".


Kind of funny how animation has a lot of terms that aren't really well defined but you know what it means when you hear it or see it.

beat
keys
extremes
inbetweens
breakdowns
layout pose
slugging
doping
lieca reel
animatic
sweatbox
antic
overshoot
settle
moving hold
flail
held-cel
hold-cel
field
truck


It just goes on and on.... [Big Grin]

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