Video production requires a lot of thorough planning and organizing in order to guarantee that the video you produce is effective—regardless of its purpose. This means that the video should be more than just simply visually appealing, rather stunning and to an extent even mind-boggling. To some, more especially beginners, who are new to the entire video production process, this may seem like quite a daunting task. However, it just takes the right tool to deconstruct the project into more manageable scenes and get the job done: the storyboard.
What’s a storyboard?
Simply put, storyboards are visual diagrams that portray how your video will be presented to the audience. It uses a series of still images that may either be hand-drawn or digitally made via tools or software. Before it’s made, the creative team usually goes through a script or agrees upon a general storyline which may or may not include the goals of the video and the product or service it endorses.
Why should you create your own storyboard?
There are lots of benefits to crafting a storyboard for your team, from saving time and resources to providing the group with a structured plan on how to approach the project. For some individuals, storyboards may even boost their creativity as it inspires them to actively imagine how to go about a scene as opposed to simply reading verbal cues on a script. Moreover, since you’ll be able to use it as a reference for your entire production timeline, your team will be able to stay on track and minimize the probabilities of encountering delays.
How do you make a storyboard?
When you decide to craft your own storyboard, you may choose to download blank templates online or make one from scratch by drawing similar-sized rectangles. Ultimately, you’ll also need to decide its complexity—which varies depending on the number of elements you include. For instance, your storyboard may include scene titles and descriptions, shot numbers, excerpts from the characters or narrator’s dialogue, as well as the necessary sound effects to add in post-production. Furthermore, make a mental note that you don’t need to have the same number of frames for every scene as this will depend on the number of angles you want to incorporate. Trust your creative vision, brainstorm with your team, and take constructive feedback into consideration. When in doubt, you may ask for advice on how to create a storyboard from a trusted video production company.