When working with computer-generated effects or animation, test reels are essential to ensure that the movement, positioning, and animation timing are correct. These pre-renders give the clients a rough idea of what to expect before textures and lighting are applied for the longer, detailed renders

Storyboards are a crucial step for filmmakers. Once a script is written, a storyboard artist is called in to illustrate the scenes under the direction of the director. The director can then show the approved storyboards to the film crew to ensure that everyone is on board as to how the shot will look and how the scene is laid out. This is a far cheaper route than having to constantly reposition a camera to find a desired angle.