How to Storyboard

Alexis Stringer , Arts and Culture Reporter

Everyone recognizes the great visuals that a film provides. However, do you really recognize what actually goes into it? Storyboarding is the basis of every film, animation, comedy, etc. Storyboarding is the process of sketching each frame and making sure which specific camera angles are there— it’s a visual version of the script. If you want to become a storyboard artist you have to understand where the camera angles are, what you want to see in each frame and what type of story or message that you want to tell. 

When creating a storyboard, it’s essentially up to the director to have the script made so that you know what to draw and what camera angles to add. When making a storyboard you need to understand the importance of putting stories together. Once you have an understanding of how stories work together, you will have a better understanding of how the story will be presented. 

When indicating movement, you use directional arrows. Drawing arrows for where the character is moving and how the camera angle will move will help the director make the shooting process more efficient. Whatever you do in the storyboard will be reflected in the shooting process. The storyboard will require a description underneath each of the frames so that there is a better understanding of what the character is doing and where the camera is moving within the frame. You would also need to label each frame with a specific camera angle. So if there are two people within the same frame it would be called a “two shot”.  When you storyboard, you need to understand that it requires a lot of work and you need to create it a way that the director and the crew will understand.