How to Create a Storyboard

Creating a video might sound like an easy job, but once you start working on the video, you will know that it is not that easy. Without having a storyboard, it is tough to complete your video. A storyboard is a visual representation of rough sketches which will show the outline of each scene in the video. Having a storyboard is very important to unfold a video by each shot. It is more of a comic strip where you have rough sketches of each scene of the video on a piece of paper.

How to Create a Storyboard

You do not have to have an elaborate artwork; understandable and straightforward sketches would just do fine and here is how to make such a storyboard:

Get the templates ready:

Just like a comic strip, you need to draw rectangles in a series on the paper, and you can also leave some space at the end to make some notes. There are many templates on the internet which you can download. Pick a template that is suitable for the video that you are going to make and download accordingly.

Arrange which event will come before the other:

Establishing which scene will come before the other is quite important. You need to jot out points which will help you understand in which order the events of the story will happen. You can also create a narrative timeline where you can list out all the main events that will happen in the story and how those events will appear on the screen.

Depending on your video you can alter the details on the paper:

A storyboard can be a simple sketch or a detailed illustration. Depending on your video you need to detail the storyboard. One thing that you need to remember is that a storyboard is created to help you to create your video. So you need to make sure to put in all the details which you will require to make the video. Don’t try to make it very complicated where you will not be able to understand the storyline.

Camera movement:

You may create a layout which might have various subjects and landscapes, but you will also need details on how your camera movement is going to be at a particular scene. The movement of the camera can be described in a storyboard by using arrows. For planning you can show arrows in a specific direction and for zooming in you can show arrows pointing towards the picture and for zooming out, you need to make the indicators point outwards.

Finalizing your storyboard:

After figuring out all the key points for your storyboard, you need to review each design in all the templates and finalise the scenes. If you feel that you understand the essence of the story and if you can grasp the key points that are represented in the storyboard then you can finalise the design and use it for making your video.


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