The Prose Storyboard Language: A Tool for Annotating and Directing Movies

Rémi Ronfard, Vineet Gandhi, Laurent Boiron.

Artist sketch of a short sequence of the movie “Rope” by Alfred Hitchcock.


The prose storyboard language is a formal language for de- scribing movies shot by shot, where each shot is described with a unique sentence. The language uses a simple syntax and limited vocabulary borrowed from working practices in traditional movie-making, and is intended to be readable both by machines and humans. The language is designed to serve as a high-level user interface for intelligent cinematog- raphy and editing systems.