When to use storyboards for your creative design projects

If you've seen many special features on DVDs you probably know that many directors use storyboards to plan out scenes of their movies. You can use storyboards in all types of motion projects to help you organize your work and give your clients an idea of what your final project will look like.

Trying to remember everything you want to do even in a short animation piece will be impossible, as a project grows in length, storyboarding becomes more and more useful. The storyboard also helps you think visually...when we're telling a good story or joke, we allow listeners to use their imagination, but we don't have that luxury on visual projects, we have to be able to support what we say with graphics, photographs or special effects.

Before you start your storyboard, you should have done a Creative Brief to get you focused on the needs of the project. You should have also spent some time brainstorming to make sure you have some ideas about what you're going to say and show in the project. After you've brainstormed, you'll need to write a script for the animation. A script is simply the words that will appear in your project, with some descriptions about how you will support them visually. After you've created the script, you can start illustrating.

The illustration should focus on key points of your animation. In the case of a simple Flash Advertisement, don't just illustrate and object or a word or line of text, illustrate the lines of motion that your objects will follow. In the case of a movie or other multimedia project, you should also illustrate camera changes as the point of view changes, establishing shots and camera movements occur. There should be an area where you can write notes so someone reading can follow what you're doing. I've placed a template you can use for your project here.

blog comments powered by Disqus