How To Create A Video Storyboard | Step by Step Tips

Here is a step by step guide on how to create a video storyboard.

Written by Mark Byrne
Inbound video |   2 minute read

Preparing to create a video storyboard? Then here is a step by step guide.

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What is a Video Storyboard?

Storyboarding is putting your ideas and visuals into a video script, in simple terms being able to write a “book of the video”. However it is worth it, it can in fact save you time.

Why Storyboard?

If we have a well worked out storyboard, it can save us time in editing later. If we know exactly how many shots and what the shots are meant to look like, we wont have to add anything last minute. Measure twice cut once applies to video production as well as construction, and that's why pre-production and storyboarding is they key to actually finishing a video on time and within budget.

It is human nature to jump straight into a project without spending the necessary preparation time to ensure success of the video being produced. They say that 70% of the effort decorating a room is the preparation (cleaning the walls, laying the tarps, taping the trim, covering with dust sheets etc.).

It prepares us for exactly what your video is going to look like. With our storyboard you will know what each scene will look like and it will give you a clear idea of how its all going to work out. You can practically see your film just by looking at your storyboard.

Once we have an approved script, we sit together with your production team and creatively brainstorm the images to go with every single phrase, every sentence, every chapter, and every section in the video script.

This is what a storyboard is. Its everything about your corporate video on paper.

You have several elements to consider when preparing your storyboards. You first need to evaluate your script and break it down into shots. Then, as you plan each shot panel, ask yourself the following questions:

What is the location setting?

  • How many actors are needed in the shot?
  • Will your video have Motion Graphics?
  • Do you need any special effects?
  • Do you need any important props in the shot? (company vehicles, machinery)?
  • What is the shots angle (where the camera is shooting from)? Is it a high angle? A low angle?
  • Do you need any special lighting? (for example, candlelight, sunrise, infrared, or a bright sunny day).
  • What type of shot (close-up, wide-shot, jump cuts, fades etc.) See below for more descriptions:

Storyboard Language

  • ZOOM: Use of the camera lens to move closely towards the subject.
  • TILT: Using a camera on a tripod, the camera moves up or down to follow the action.
  • PAN: A steady, sweeping movement from one point in a scene to another.
  • CLOSE-UP SHOT: A close range of distance between the camera and the subject.
  • DISSOLVE: A transition between two shots, where one shot fades away and simultaneously another shot fades in.
  • FADE: A transition from a shot to black where the image gradually Fades Out or Fade In.
  • HIGH CAMERA ANGLE: A camera angle which looks down on its subject making it look small, weak or unimportant.
  • JUMP CUT: A rapid, jerky transition from one frame to the next or abrupt transition from one scene to another.
  • LEVEL CAMERA ANGLE: A camera angle which is even with the subject; it may be used as a neutral shot.
  • LONG SHOT: A long range of distance between the camera and the subject, often providing a broader range of the setting.
  • LOW CAMERA ANGLE: A camera angle which looks up at its subject; it makes the subject seem important and powerful.
  • POV: (point of view shot): A shot which is understood to be seen from the point of view of a character within the scene. We storyboard your script with video, stills, captions, motion graphics, animation, music & voice over – to produce a Book of the Movie that you and your colleagues will understand. Please contact us to discuss your video planning in further detail.

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