I am an office products geek… always have been, always will be. A recent visit to http://www.moleskineus.com revealed something that can help all of us in our pre-production planning: The Storyboard Notebook!
While I wish that it came in a 5×8.5 size, this is a good start! Anytime that you can map out your various scenes, it makes your shoot go so much smoother, and a small notebook that you can put in your back pocket for quick reference is a great idea!
You don’t have to be a skilled artist to make a good storyboard; stick figures are fine. They are a great tool to help you at each stage of production and post-production as well. Even a quick doodle as the ideas are flowing can be a way to make sure that you get all of the shots that you need. Every bit of pre-production planning will pay off in some way before you are done with your project.