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Numbering system for storyboards on Coen Brother's films? (4 replies and 1 comment)

simon m
2 months ago
simon m 2 months ago

Hello Roger,

I'm wondering if you could explain the numbering system used on the Coen Brother's storyboards? I had thought they would correspond to the numbering system used in slating, but they seem not to. Could you explain why that is?

Here are a couple of examples.

Thanks so much!

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Coen_Brothers_-_No_Country_For_Old_Men_-_02.jpg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Coen_Brothers_-_No_Country_For_Old_Men_-_03.jpg
Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

Storyboards have a scene number followed by a shot number. Some slating systems start with the first shot that is made during production and go from there, which has little to do with the shot numbers in a storyboard. Besides that, camera shots don't always reflect those illustrated in the storyboards and are certainly never captured in the same order.

simon m
2 months ago

Ah ok. Surprising, but makes sense. Thank you.

simon m
2 months ago
simon m 2 months ago

Do the 'SET UP' numbers in the examples above correspond to each distinct planned camera set up? Or are those numbers just guidelines for the sequence of the action?

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

Our shots would usually correspond to what was storyboarded but not always. I think it is good to be open to whatever comes up on the day.

simon m
2 months ago
simon m 2 months ago

Yes, yes understood about being open to new ideas on the day.

Understanding the organizational process of storyboarding is helpful to me so thank you Roger.

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