Awesome Storyboards from 15 of Your Favorite Films

Our recent study of Alfred Hitchcock only made passing mention of it, but Hitch was one of the first studio directors to rely heavily on storyboards in production of his films. He would map out his distinctive set pieces using storyboards — those cool drawings that show exactly what will be in the frame, and any movements the camera might make — and would then create them on set, often shot for shot. Hitchock wasn’t the first to do it, but he was an enthusiastic and consistent early adopter, and the filmmakers who followed with an eye for sharp camerawork (from Scorsese and Spielberg to the Coens and Nolan) frequently do the same. With storyboards on our mind lately thanks to their use in both the opening sequence and the climax of Argo, we decided to put together a gallery of some of our favorite storyboards from iconic movies. (Special thanks to the folks behind the “Drawing Board” column of the DGA Quarterly, where we found several of the storyboards to follow.)

Gone with the Wind (1939)
Director: Victor Fleming
Storyboard Artist: William Cameron Menzies

Psycho (1960)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Storyboard Artist: Saul Bass

Spartacus (1960)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Storyboard Artist: Saul Bass

Thunderball (1965)
Director: Terence Young
Storyboard Artist: Unknown

The Sound of Music (1965)
Director: Robert Wise
Storyboard Artist: Maurice Zuberano

Jaws (1975)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Storyboard Artist: Joe Alves

Taxi Driver (1976)
Director/Storyboard Artist: Martin Scorsese

Star Wars (1977)
Director: George Lucas
Storyboard Artist: Joe Johnston

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Director: Frances Ford Coppola
Storyboard Artist: Dean Tavoularis

Blade Runner (1982)
Director: Ridley Scott
Storyboard Artist: Tom Cranham

Aliens (1986)
Director: James Cameron
Storyboard Artists: Roger Dear, Maciek Piotrowski, Denis Rich

Jurassic Park (1993)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Storyboard Artist: David Lowery

Spiderman 2 (2004)
Director: Sam Raimi
Storyboard Artist: Chris Buchinsky

No Country for Old Men (2007)
Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
Storyboard Artist: J. Todd Anderson

Inception (2010)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Storyboard Artist: Gabriel Hardman