Why storyboarding is essential

Here at cutsncamera, we’ve made storyboards for commercials. We’ve made movie storyboards, video storyboards, animation storyboards, and pretty much any storyboard you can imagine. We’ve learned why the storyboard is important on so many levels.

It’s a presentation tool, indispensable for pitches.

It’s a planning tool, critical for pre-visualizing your project.

It’s a collaboration catalyst that puts your team on the same page and gets everyone’s creative wheels turning. We’ve figured out that the only wrong way to storyboard is to skip the step altogether.

Let’s go over how to create a storyboard the right way.  It’s easier than you may think.

But before we go too much further, let’s answer the question: What is a storyboard?

STORYBOARD DEFINITION

What is a storyboard?

Storyboards are visual representations of a film sequence that breaks down the action into individual panels. It sketches out how a video sequence will unfold. A storyboard is similar to a trial-run for your finished film, video, or commercial, laid out in a comic book-like form.

How to make a storyboard (guidelines):

Comprised of a sequence of drawings, sketches, reference images or photographs of stand-ins.

Provides a visual guidance for look, feel and movement.

Indicates the staging of actors and camera placement.

May include dialogue and sound direction.