An Animatic is animated storyboards and they can be used for a number of different projects. They can be used to test a commercial, sales pitches, promos, live-action films and video games. The reason they are used is because sometimes storyboards are not enough and when they are animated and have sound it helps the creative visualize what he is doing. Sometimes the storyboards may be enough to go ahead and produce the scene, but if it’s an expensive scene in a movie or something like that you want to be as prepared as possible.
There are three different types of Animatic –
Video Storyboard – are the most basic; they consist of the static images from the storyboard and they go from scene to scene using panning, camera movement and sound to create the video. The example above is a video storyboard, made by a fan for the film watchmen.
Semi-animatic – These are a bit more complicated and make it possible for some extra movement in each scene or frame.
Full-animatic – Are the most complicated all the elements are drawn on individual layers so they can be fully animated but normally using basic animation techniques. The example below is a full-animatic.
Whilst I was doing my research I realised that I am doing an Animatic for my craft and media tech film project but I didn’t realise that’s what it was called.