When you make a clip for your business, be it an explainer video, sale video, sales video, microlearning video, or any short online business video, planning is extremely important. One of the most important stages of planning out your clip is creating a storyboard.
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What is a Storyboard?
A storyboard is a graphic representation of how your video will unfold, shot by shot.
It’s made up of a number of squares with illustrations or pictures representing each shot, with notes about what’s going on in the scene và what’s being said in the script during that shot. Think of it as sort of a comic book version of your script.
A storyboard is your roadmap when you make a video.
Like a script, your storyboard visually guides you throughout the production process. By planning your video, you know which shots you need lớn create and how to create them when filming begins. You can get others’ feedback early on and make simple adjustments to lớn your storyboard, rather than making major changes while filming.
To make a good storyboard, you don’t need to lớn be a visual artist (though you can be). A storyboard can be anything from comic book-like rough sketches to stick figures lớn computer-generated drawings. To help you plan your own video, we’ll walk through the basics of creating storyboards, including:The basic elements of every storyboardA breakdown of two popular storyboarding methods
Understanding different ways to storyboard, you’ll be set lớn visually plan your own video. Regardless of your budget or kiến thiết experience, you’ll be able to lớn create a clear bản đồ that seamlessly guides you through production.
Why You Need a Storyboard?
Creating a storyboard might just sound like an extra step in the process of making a clip for your business, but trust us — it’s a step you won’t want khổng lồ ignore. Here are three reasons why you need a storyboard:
Best way to chia sẻ your vision
A visual aid makes it much easier for you lớn share & explain your vision for your đoạn clip with others.
We’ve all had experiences where we were trying lớn explain something và the other person just can’t see your vision. The core of this issue is that most stakeholders don’t have the experience of visualizing something off of a text deliverable, such as a script.
When you have a storyboard, you can show people exactly how your đoạn phim is going to be mapped out and what it will look like. This makes it infinitely easier for other people lớn understand your idea.
Makes production much easier
When you storyboard a video you’re setting up a plan for production, including all the shots you’ll need, the order that they’ll be laid out, và how the visuals will interact with the script.
The video storyboard is a starting point or suggested throughline around which you can plan your coverage (all the angles you will shoot of a scene). This really comes in handy when you’re making your video, as it ensures you won’t forget any scenes và helps you piece together the clip according to your vision.
Saves you time
While it may take you a little while lớn put your storyboard together, in the long run it will save you time in revisions later. Not only will it help you explain your vision lớn your team, but it will also make the creation process go more smoothly.
How Storyboarding Can Help Your Business
Storyboarding can also help you:Get buy-in from stakeholders: While a script can help others conceptualize your video, the visual nature of a storyboard is often a more effective way lớn bring it to lớn life pre-production. Sharing your storyboard early on in the process will ensure collaborators and decision-makers understand your vision — và make them much less likely lớn put up a fight down the line.Streamline production: Creating a storyboard forces you lớn work out a lot of the details of your đoạn phim ahead of time — what shots you want, what order they’ll go in, what props or tools you need, etc. Storyboarding might also help you realize that you’re missing a key piece of lô ghích or dialogue in your script, or that your visuals don’t tie together as cohesively as you thought. Identifying and working through these problems before you start creating your đoạn phim will prevent wasted effort later on. Save time: It’s much easier and less time-consuming to make revisions to lớn a storyboard than a video.
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How to Create a Storyboard
Ultimately, a storyboard is a series of images representing each frame of your video. How you put the storyboard together, và how much detail you add, is up to lớn you — you can vày it on paper, in a word processing program, or using specialized software.
Here’s how lớn go about creating a storyboard for your video:
1) Create blank slides
The first step in creating a storyboard is lớn draw a series of squares on a piece of paper
Here’s an example of a blank storyboard:
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You can also find tons of printable storyboard templates on Google). And here are more template options to help organize your frames. Don’t worry about your drawing skills — stick figures will suffice. Just make sure to leave room to jot down the accompanying text (whether it appears on the screen or is spoken by your characters or narrator) for each visual.
Creating a PowerPoint deck or simple word processing document on the computer is another easy option. Specialized software is also available if you’re looking for a more comprehensive solution (check out a few options below).
Think of these squares as the clip frame. In each square, a different shot or scene will take place. You can sketch the scenes by hand, create them on a computer, or even take photographs. Make sure to lớn leave space to write notes và lines from the script beneath or next to lớn each frame.
2) showroom your script
Beneath each picture, write the lines from the script that will be spoken in that scene and jot down some notes about what is happening.
Your storyboard should read lượt thích a comic book, so readers (coworkers, clients, etc.) can get a sense of exactly what will happen in your video.
Read more about scripting for short videos.
3) Sketch your story
Next, you should sketch how each scene will look visually. Lưu ý that your storyboard doesn’t have khổng lồ be incredibly detailed — you don’t have khổng lồ draw in all of the props or even use color. (Hint: You don’t have to be great at drawing either. Bad drawings are far better than no drawings at all.)
Just provide enough visual detail khổng lồ give an impression of what is happening, which characters are in the scene, and what the general framing will look like. The script và notes will help fill in the rest of the details.
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You can also make notes about camera angles và movement, transitions between shots, và other details that will come in handy during production and post-production.
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