- By Joy Davenport
- Published 04/9/2010
The reason people decide to use storyboards before a production or group presentation is pretty basic – it’s just easier to deal with the subject matter when it’s organize
d and laid out for public consumption. Rather than storing lots of information in your head and trying to explain to others (who may not see your vision as easily as you do), you are better served by showing others what you want and what you plan to create. Without a simple storyboard that combines text, images, and angles, your vision can be difficult to “translate” to an audience, investors, or a film crew. When you’re putting together a storyboard, be sure to concentrate on framing, blocking and where the focus of each scene will lie. If you’re storyboarding for film or cartoons, always consider the motion of your characters. Their movements should be indicated throughout your frame-by-frame breakdown of the plotline. In order to grasp the concept of storyboarding, consider your own vision as though it were a strip from your favorite comic book. By imagining your story or presentation in this linear format, you can better visualize the action before you begin to storyboard. Representing three-dimensional action in a 2-D environment can be a little daunting – consider digital storyboarding software for a better result. When today’s high technology joins with your vision for the script, you can expect a polished result that pops. Getting started with a simple storyboard can encompass many preparations – from sketching rough scenes in a notebook, to gathering your team and brainstorming…or scouting locations and imagining the action you’re going to capture on film…there are lots of ways to get creative before the process begins. Allow yourself to have fun with it! Don’t get too stressed out about making your storyboard perfect – especially if it’s your first one! If it’s really important to put together a perfect depiction of your presentation or production – you should probably consider going digital. Surf the Net to look for free demos of programs to see how much work this type of software can take away! As you become more adept at creating storyboards, you may want to add other elements to make your presentation impressive. Special effects and music…creative camera angles and cropping…all can be played with when you choose digital software. If you’re working with old-fashioned Bristol board and post-it-notes, try to ensure your artwork and layout are the very best they can be. With storyboarding, even in its simplest form, “God is in the details”. You should consider your storyboard an opportunity to mull over every aspect of the production you are planning. Organizing shots etc. will help to focus your mind on what you have to do. For a production with a budget and schedule, a storyboard is not really optional. Pro directors make sure their storyboards are detailed, effective, and very easy to understand. Then, they use their artistry and their ability to think big when they transfer their storyboards to actual film.
Plotting things out with a simple storyboard can save time and money – even digital storyboard software that might seem pricey tends to pay for itself due to its efficiency and the polished end result it gives. Consider moving into the future with high-tech storyboarding software that takes the pressure off!