The Art of Making A Bulletproof Storyboard

A storyboard is a series of still images that ultimately represents a story. Typically, it’s sequential art, where sketches are arrayed concurrently to visualize a story.

A storyboard allows us to present the storyline before we start producing the video.

It is a critical step in the creative process of making a video because it will show how your video will be presented. It also helps to see how your video will appear before it is animated.

Most importantly storyboarding accommodates you to align your vision for the video with the help of an illustrator’s hands.

via Breadnbeyond.com

Why Storyboard is Important?

Let’s play around a bit.

Read the following sentence:

“John broke up with his girlfriend last month, he was crying his heart out. It saddens me to see him in this state.”

What do you imagine the situation be?

Does John sit next to a rock cross his leg and cry there? While his friend is watching him from a distance?

We will have a hard time describing what the situation looks like. We only know John is a brokenhearted man and presumably one of his friends observed him sobbing.

Unless you have a very imaginative mind, you may picture John as this thin black-haired guy in his 20s. But, most of us can’t conjure mental pictures of how the story is visualized. To make it worse we don’t even know how John should look like.

Does he even have any black hair at all?

In short, a storyboard can create a medium that bridges you with your creative team so you can design a compelling and cohesive story.

Storyboard helps every one to get on the same page, avoid misunderstandings, and keep things on track. Having a storyboard helps you to eliminate problems before they even occur.

Cool, right?

What You Need to Pay Attention To

Well, the fundamental principle of making a storyboard is creating the idea of drawing scenes on separate sheets of paper and laying them up on a bulletin strip to describe a story in a chain of sequence.

“ Well, imagine it as making a comic strip, it is pretty much like that. “

In making a storyboard, the underlying development can be divided into two categories.

  1. The Structure
  2. What Storyboard Helps To Portray

What is needed in crafting an interactive project such as storyboard can be rather technical at times, and sometimes hard to comprehend if you’re new in the industry.

Normally, these technical details are not your main concerns, unless if you’re planning to do it by yourself (or if you are the one who’s in charge of the storyboarding process). There are steps to follow, and elements you need to be aware of.

The Structure

If you are currently working on a video project and on your way to create a visual illustration of stories to narrate issues to others, there’s some groundwork to be done.

By understanding the fundamental of the script — try to deconstruct the narrative to blocks of drawing, then we can present it more powerfully and convincingly for every event that takes place in the frame.

All storyboards should have the following essential components. You may know this already from how to make a compelling scriptwriting, the process is quite similar.

A. Character

The persona(s) who plays in your story.

We have an example above, a guy named John.

You need to add details of this character, such as:

  1. John’s behaviors,
  2. John’s appearance,
  3. and John’s expectations,
  4. Including any decisions, John needs to make along the way.\
Image for post
Image for post

These are very important to think about to add the level of detail in your story. The storyboard needs to display those in precise details.

B. Scene (Cinematic)

This involves contexts that involve place, space, and people. This determines how the event is displayed.

Do the places, people, and things move or standstill?

Image for post

Things to pay attention to does the camera move, zooming in or zooming out? from where the angle is shot?

  1. Close-up
  2. Extreme long shot
  3. Long shot
  4. Medium shot
  5. Extreme close-up
  6. Zoom out
  7. Over the shoulder
  8. High angle
  9. Low angle

Keep these factors in mind and bring them all together to create an engaging video.

C. Plot

This is equally important because all too often we jump straight into telling the details of how the story should progress without first explaining the backstory to the viewers.

Your story must be created with a structure in mind, the patent arrangement is:

  1. Beginning
  2. Middle
  3. End

This is just to give you a perspective on how the storyboard can be done. Read this cheat sheet to find out many other methods to help you structure your story

What Storyboard Helps To Portray

Storyboard is essentially a sequence of moments, captured in precise order to provide a dimension to an otherwise dull script.

Your storyboard creates a visual map of your script. And by doing so, a storyboard can help you shape the vision and flow of your script, it also adds elements that words alone can describe.

  1. Emotions aid to your story
  2. Translate steps into a complete frame
  3. Design a clear outcome.

and the end product should look like this

Image for post
Image for post
via Breadnbeyond.com

The Wrap

There’s a lot of groundwork to cover to create a great storyboard.

Don’t be intimidated by the storyboarding process though. The artwork can be doodles or even messier, as long as it delivers a clear storyline.

To recap:

  1. brainstorm your central ideas,
  2. be extra clear about the message,
  3. add some additional elements,
  4. and draw the major events in strips.

I hope these tips could help you to make your very own bulletproof storyboards.

And if you have additional ideas or even question regarding how to do storyboarding don’t be shy to leave a comment down below.

Helping startups and business grow faster with explainer videos at https://breadnbeyond.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store