Storyboards for Video: A Behind the Scenes Look
This shot started as just an idea.
For a recent project a client wanted us to create a dramatic, short introduction video of a new technology and a key person involved. The idea was that this person would beÂ riding this technological marvel. We suggested building a shot sequence that could ramp up intensity. The next question was ‘what exactly should those shots be’?
We quickly sketched up some (admittedly ugly) sketches that could give a us all an initial sense of what they could be, which are these beauties below.
After we worked through which shots would actually make sense, we gave them an initial makeover with an professional artist, who created this storyboard, which is not only prettier, but more clear.
The next step was to add some descriptions and movement arrows to explain what would be happening in each shot.
A further evolution of the storyboards was done to get something client-worthy. This is important because clients need to know what they should expect to end up with. Plus, you need to show that you care!
With storyboards approved, we went into production. Working with the production crew, we were able to show them exactly what we had in mind. Every plan evolves but storyboards are a road map and give you confidence that time wont be wasted interpreting the vision.
Take a look at some of the final shots and compare to the storyboards above, I’ll bet you can basically tell which shots below match to the frames in each storyboard!
You don’t need to be a professional artist for storyboards to be very helpful, yes, even stick figures work fine - at first. As things get more specific it does become more helpful if you can show what happens in detail so a lot of imagination isn’t required to get it. And free is good: you can find lots of free storyboard templates online. I hope this insight helps you plan out your videos to be more successful.