Storyboarding Overview

Storyboards are graphic organisers in the form of illustrations (usually just brief/complex sketches) or images displayed in sequence for the sole purpose of pre-visualising a motion picture or animation. From this, it can clearly be seen how storyboarding goes hand in hand with a shot list. This may be said as a shot list is like the gospel for the camera crew and describing every shot in terms of the camera’s angle and shot size as well as any movement that occurs within the scene.

In actuality, the storyboarding process was developed at the famous Walt Disney Studio during the early 1930s. Storyboards are used in film, theatre, animatics, photomatix, comic books and several more fields of media.

Storyboards for film are designed in a multiple step process. They may be created by hand drawing or digitally via the use of computer software. The central characteristics of a storyboard are:

  • Visualise the storytelling
  • Focus the story and the timing in numerous key frames
  • Define the technical parameters: description of the motion, the camera, the lighting and etc.



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