The director of blockbusters like Alien and Blade Runner and the upcoming summer film Prometheus discusses the importance of creating a coherent narrative in his craft.

In case you haven’t been on the internet for the last three months, Ridley Scott‘s got a new film coming out. It’s called Prometheus and it’s something of a prequel to Alien, taking its departure from the unanswered question of who was the Space Jockey on the derelict spaceship in Alien?

With the aforementioned Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Legend, and, er, 1492: Conquest of Paradise under his belt as director, Scott’s a man who knows a thing or two about the art of the moving image. But the moving image doesn’t start life moving, it starts as an idea, maybe a drunken one, then goes through the many stages of production. And one of those is storyboarding, a kind of pre-film comic strip that maps out scenes and articulates the filming ahead.

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