Storyboarding is carried out in the pre-production stage when developing a video response. This process involves making a comic-book like “story sketch” of the video. If you have a lengthy podcast it can take a long time, but it is essential to work out the logistics of a shot/scene before production takes place. It helps mostly with the creative shots working as a pictorial script.
Storyboarding is an aid used to visualise a film before production. It makes things easier and clearer for the creative team as they can see what shots are going to be needed and plan accordingly.
Think of the storyboard as a comic strip. Each block has a picture with an action, a line or two of dialog and a description of the shot. You can draw pictures, type or handwrite a description of the action in the blocks. For each action, write a script or summarise the action of your characters/actors. If you need more storyboard pages, make copies and include them in your submission. Don’t forget to write your name at the top of each page. Download the storyboard template below.
How to Complete Your Storyboard
Almost every TV commercial you have every seen began as a storyboard. The storyboard is a sheet of paper that breaks down the elements of a video production into what you see and what you hear.
If you were going to animate your podcast you would be required to draw 30 fps (Frames per Second) to make the movement seem fluid to the human eye. For a 30 second advertisement or podcast this would require 900 frames!!! However, we will be filming these podcasts so you are only required to plan for the shots and scene changes. For a 30 second video you should have a minimum of 5 frames (one every six seconds). Within each frame, using pictures and/or words, you will use the TV shaped box to describe what one sees in your video. Then you will type or write in what words or sound effects are heard in the lines below that box. This is the Audio. It can be the spoken words of people on camera, the words of an announcer who is not on camera, or words that appear on the screen. Sometimes it’s a combination of all three. It really depends on your idea. In the advertising industry this is called the “copy”.
As what you show on screen changes, add a simple drawing or type out or handwrite a description in the next box with the audio below.
Remember though, you only have 30-seconds to get everything done. So your storyboard shouldn’t be very long or complex.