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HaZ on the power of mood boards for VFX

If you're trying to describe a project to win over funders, or just persuade people to work with you, then a mood board can be a great asset, says HaZ

Sometimes it’s hard to get people to help out with your great idea.

HaZ Dulull has an answer- a simple mood board can communicate to others the feeling or look you’re after, and get a conversation going. We’re living in an age where people increasingly can’t find the time to read long scripts, and anyway, just want an idea about what the film you’re making will be like.

Mood boards can also help you get a clearer idea about some of the influences, colour ranges, lighting and styles you may need to use in the film.

Referencing other films, images or artforms isn’t copying at this stage- you’re getting people to ‘position’ your proposal in their heads, to understand what it’s like- thanks to the collage of images you show them.

There’s an interesting article about mood boards at

You might want to have a go at making a mood board yourself for a film you’d like to make. There’s no need to create a 20 page document like HaZ, but collecting and referencing images can sometimes help you form a better idea of what you want your film to look like. You should do this in a way that you feel comfortable with – for instance plenty of people use Pinterest as an easy way to collect imagery they find online into one place. If you do decide to create a mood board, do share it with us.

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