WHAT IS A STORYBOARD?

A storyboard is a sequence of drawings, typically with some directions and dialogue, representing the shots planned for a movie, television production, animated series, graphic novels, comic books, even books!

 

It is usually a living technical document or tool used to convey information between parties involved in the project. Storyboards are also used to see how the story is coming together visually and to determine the flow of the story.

WHY MAKE A STORYBOARD?

We always encourage authors to create a rough storyboard of their own before partnering with an illustrator or a storyboard artist, so that:

 

(1) the author has an opportunity to really visualize their story and communicate their vision for the book to their team;

 

(2) and the artist has the author's general ideas and concepts in mind, that they can add their creative visual flair to. It’s truly a unique and liberating experience this way, and it can also save a lot of time.

 

There is no right or wrong way to start the storyboarding process. The storyboard is a living document --so revisions, updates and changes are usually being made to it. They are often used to reference the flow of the story visually, and to plan shots for the maximum desired reactions from the audience.

 

So, don’t be afraid to experiment, and switch things around as they start coming together and enjoy watching your story go from concept, to challenge, to completion!

 
 

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EXAMPLES OF STORYBOARDS

WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF A STORYBOARD?

Here are three basic components of a storyboard that you will commonly encounter when creating, reading, or critiquing a storyboard.

 

Here’s an example of a blank storyboard.

This template, along with a few others is also available for free download in our shop!

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STORYBOARD PANELS

The first thing you will notice, are these rectangular or square boxes on the page. These boxes are known as “panels” or a “frames”.

 

In movies and animation, the panels will show the focus of the camera in a particular scene. In our case, for our books, each panel represents each page of the book. So, the usage of storyboards in both mediums is very similar in the sense that we are organizing what our audience sees.

 

Panels come in many shapes and sizes so with books, you want to choose panel sizes that correspond with the size of your book for more accurate depictions on what the end result of each page will look like. With movies and animations, you want to choose panels that align with the final format of your film.

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ARROWS

Arrows are used in storyboards for a variety of storytelling elements, but most commonly to show movement within the picture or outside of the frame. You can also use them to highlight or literally “point out” important elements in your panel for your team to be aware of.

TEXT IN STORYBOARDING

Text can also be used in storyboards to either indicate dialogue, or provide notes on the panels. While text is useful, the main purpose of having and using a storyboard is to translate the storytelling from words to visuals. So you want to focus more on showing than telling.

 

However you can still use text to communicate with your team on what you are seeing for a particular panel, by creating a notes section. I would highly recommend keeping descriptive text out of the panels, so that you challenge yourself and your team to really start to build the visual aspect of the story.

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WHERE TO GET A STORYBOARD?

WHO USUALLY MAKES A STORYBOARD?

Typically directors and storyboard artists, but anyone can storyboard. You don’t need any fancy tools or equipment to create a legendary storyboard. As long as you have an imagination, and a way to draw what you see --even in the most basic and crude manners-- you have everything you need to get started!

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN STORYBOARD?

Here are three basic components of a storyboard that you will commonly encounter when creating, reading, or critiquing a storyboard.

 

Here’s an example of a blank storyboard. This template, along with a few others is also available for free download in our shop!

 
 

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