Lesson 15 - Storyboard

What is Storyboard

A storyboard is a graphic representation of how your video will unfold, shot by shot. It is made up of a number of squares with illustrations or pictures representing each shot, with notes about what’s going on in the scene and what’s being said in the script during that shot. Think of it as sort of a comic book version of your script.

Storyboard for an animation project - Hunting Sequence

Storyboard for a TV show - Western

Why You Need A Storyboard

A storyboard is the best way to share your vision

A visual aid makes it much easier for you to share and explain your vision for your video with others. We’ve all had experiences where we were trying to explain something to another person and they just didn’t get it — they couldn’t see our vision. When you have a storyboard, you can show people exactly how your video is going to be mapped out and what it will look like. This makes it infinitely easier for them to understand your idea.

A storyboard makes production much easier

When you storyboard your video you are basically setting up a plan for production, including all the shots that you will need, the order that they’ll be laid out, and how the visuals will interact with the script. This really comes in handy when you are making your video, as it ensures that you won’t forget any shots. It also comes in handy during editing, as it serves as a nice guide for your editor so they can piece together the video according to your vision. This will also prevent you from requesting multiple revisions from your editor, saving you time and money

A storyboard saves you time

While it may take you a little while to put your storyboard together, in the long run it will save you time. Not only will it save you time by making it easier to explain your vision to the people you are working on the video with, but also by providing a solid shot list that will make the creation process go more smoothly.

How to Build Storyboard

Paper & Pencil

Amazon Storybuilder

ACMI Generator