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Storyboarding software: FrameForge 3D Studio 2? Anyone use it?


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#1 Lance Boyle

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 01:59 PM

I'm in the market for a good SB program, since I can't draw, can't afford someone who can, and would like to do more specific planning of shots.

Anyone have any experience with this program, or suggest a program that works well?


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Edited by spiritlanternfilms, 14 July 2006 - 02:01 PM.

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#2 Jesus Sifuentes

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 03:11 PM

When I first heard about this software I was really excited. I downloaded the trial version to give it a shot. Have to admit that the program was really complicated at least for me. It almost seems that you have to have a complete knownledge of 3D animation skills to even miss with it. After reading the manual and doing a some tutorials I still had a hard time messing with it. I personally hired an illustrator to do my storyboards, just wanted to give the program a chance. You should download the free trial and see if it works for u.
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#3 Kim Sargenius

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 07:50 PM

Hi there,


Program or no program - anything more than just a quick stick figure or floor plan is going to take some time and some skill.

I've tried Frame Forge a few times and always find myself lost in all the detail, losing sense of the general feel of the shot I'm working. I ended up doing thumbnail sketches and floor plans for myself before I even tried the shot in Frame Forge, and at that point I had what I needed for my needs - a visual indication to communicate the shot to others.

I would probably say that for the price of Frame Forge you're better off enrolling in a drawing class. ANYONE can bring their drawing skills up to a level where others can recognise what you've drawn - it just takes practice, practice, practice.

If you're looking to Frame Forge (or similar) for help with 3D space, perspective and lens field-of-view, you can get a lot from open source programs like Blender and SketchUp.


Hope this helped :)



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#4 Andy Sparaco SOC

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 08:34 PM

You might try this:

http://6sys.com/Springboard/

Fast, easy to use, inexpensive
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#5 Kevin Zanit

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 09:15 PM

I have used FrameForge some in the past. For example, on the project "Room Service" that I wrote on here about that took place in an actual hotel room, I used the real dimensions of the room to confirm if certain shots would even be possible in the space we were dealing with.

It is a very slow, but I found, easy program to use. It has plenty of glitches though, so it can be rather annoying at times, but very cool in the right situation.


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