What is storyboard?
A storyboard is a graphic organizer in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence.
A storyboard is a series of diagrams that shows a sequence of displays.
This can have a fixed timeline such as that in a video or digital animation. Some storyboards do not have a fixed timeline because the sequence depends on choices made by the user or viewer, for example: interactive media products and computer games. There are two main parts to a storyboard. The first is the sequence of different scenes to tell the story. The second is the information that is provided for each scene.
Storyboards are visual organizers, typically a series of illustrations displayed in sequence for the purpose of previsualizing a video, web-based training, or interactive media sequence. Sometimes they are also used to previsualize a web site or application, although typically in that case wireframes are used as part of an iterative design process.
Is storyboards necessary?
It 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 film with others.
We’ve all had experiences where we were trying to explain something and 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, such as a script. When you have a storyboard, you can show people exactly how your video will look like. This makes it infinitely easier for other people to 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, and how the visuals will interact with the script.
The storyboard is a starting point or suggested thoroughline 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 film,as it ensures you won’t forget any scenes and helps you piece together the video according to your vision.
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 in revisions later.
Not only will it help you explain your vision to your team, but it will also make the creation process go more smoothly.
Storyboards are valuable pre-production documents and an important planning technique. They are an effective way to record your own ideas for future use. Also, they are a concise and effective way to share knowledge about what is required in the production phase, which is especially important when working in a team.
What are storyboards used for?
Storyboards can be used in almost any production application that requires visualization of a scene. Taking the time to use storyboards in a professional setting can eliminate trial-and-error or uncertainty commonly associated with new projects.
Storyboards for film production are essentially large sketchbooks that outline the film or sections of the film from a creative point-of-view, to be used by, cinematographers and television commercial advertising clients to better visualize the scenes and find potential problems before they occur.
Storyboards hold a special place in the theater setting. They are frequently used in pre-production as tools for directors and playwrights to better understand a layout of the scene.
Animatics are used in animation projects, typically after the storyboarding stage and consist of simplified mock-ups to provide a better idea of how the scene will look and feel in full-motion. Animatics allow animators and directors to work out a portion of a screenplay so they can fix any issues that may occur within the storyboard. This medium is also used by advertising agencies to create inexpensive test cases and as an aid in the creative process.
Storyboards, 3D Art and animation play a large role in all aspects of advertising and pre-production for campaigns intended to influence or call to action. Industries that use storyboards in advertising production include commercial production, films, event launches, video games, new media and more. As more productions integrate digital technologies the association between traditional story art visualization and 3D art are getting stronger
A photomatic is a series of still photographs edited together and presented on screen in a sequence. This method of storyboarding is gaining popularity by advertisers to measure the effectiveness of a storyboard before committing to a full production. Similar to an animatic a photomatic is another research asset, to gauge the effectiveness of a campaign.
Storyboard art can be used for scripting comic books, in order to staging the scene and to show positioning of the characters in the story. Comic book art and storyboard art are similar in look and style.
Storyboards are used by many businesses today for planning advertising campaigns, commercials, events, proposals and other presentations intended to influence or call to action. Storyboards are also used for accounting to develop flowcharts, which can show measure the cost of consumable resources, identify and eliminate added expenses, determine metrics, and performance optimization.