Storyboard Commentary: Drawing Pans (Panorama Shots)

In today’s storyboard commentary, the topic is Pans.

Pan” is short for “Panorama Shot,” a camera move in which we move the viewer from left to right, or right to left, or vertically or diagonally.

Click on the full-screen button (at the bottom right
of the video), to see the video nice and BIG!

Here are some examples of pans from my storyboards
on SpongeBob, Phineas & Ferb and Hey Arnold:

SpongeBob-PAN-Plankton- FUN-Show Phineas-Ferb-Pan-Old-Doofenshmirtz Phineas-Ferb-DiagPan-movie-theater Phineas-Ferb-Pan-Perry-Doofenshmirtz Phineas-Ferb-Pan-PerryPhineas-Ferb-Pan-Danville Phineas-Ferb-Pan-Race Hey_Arnold_SallysComet-PAN Hey_Arnold_MagicShow-Pan

I’ve been answering many of your questions in the blog comments, while other questions are answered in the videos. If your question hasn’t been answered yet, It’s probably because I’m trying to answer them in the context of the topic of the posts…so I promise I’ll get to them all ^_^

Next storyboarding commentary video:
“When To Cut”
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7 Responses to “Storyboard Commentary: Drawing Pans (Panorama Shots)”

  1. Thank you for this great blog !

  2. Thanks! !t’s comments like yours that keep this blog running 🙂

  3. You know, all this time, I never realized “pan” was short for “panorama!” I learned this term when I was studying filmmaking as a kid and I actually assumed it was because you hold the panhandle-like handle on the tripod and move that to “pan” the camera. Haha!

  4. Does panning left to right or right to left have a different story to tell?….does it have a rule in film making or animation for this movement? Thanks

  5. Bianca Pollio 12. Oct, 2012 at 5:12 am

    This is the greatest blog ever!!! Thank you so much for sharing all this valuable knowledge!

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