My First-To-College Mentee was interested in storyboarding as a career in the entertainment industry. Storyboarding can be the ultimate creative job — think Star Wars and who got to imagine that world with all the various types of aircraft and weaponry! But even commercials need storyboarding as a way to communicate to the client what the concept is. So, what exactly is storyboarding? Let’s dive in!
A storyboard can be described as a visual representation of a series of activities unfolding in a video from start to conclusion. Storyboards are very vital when creating videos as they act as road maps to the production process of the entire video.
Mostly they involve a series of visual images that exactly represent what unfolds in your video. So, with a Storyboard That, you can plan well and also make prior adjustments before you create a storyboard final film. Determining which shots will take place and the chronological order each will take is an added advantage for this application.
Why Do You Need a Storyboard?
● Share vision
This is the best way to amazingly represent your dream. Just a simple word explanation to the entire production team can prove to be tough, but with the help of a storyboard, you can represent your ideas very well and express yourself fully. Ever been in a mix where you are tasked to explain something but you simply cannot bring the point home correctly? Well, it is for this reason that a storyboard will help you avoid constant explanations and repetitions. Most people who do not have the skill of visualizing things on a script can prove to be helpful in your quest.
● Save production time
Storyboard openly directs producers on what direction to follow as opposed to making decisions based on need. Production of a video without a storyboard can be likened to building a house without a blueprint. Whatever you do will be directionless or full of faults. Constant time wastage will be experienced in between trying to seek out these challenges. Consequently, storyboards allow you to presume how shots will be, the order each one of them is expected to follow and how coordination between visuals and shots will transpire. They also help in putting scenes together and the possibility of living some scenes out during production is minimized.
● Identify problems
Storyboards are a complete replica of the final look of your film. The application of the storyboard gives ample room for the correction of errors. You can imagine when completely done with a video then you notice that some of the scenes have major errors. With a storyboard, you can edit it there and then, but in the case of the actual film, it’s a tough job. Imagine having to start taking another short, the editing process turns out to be very frustrating.
A storyboard is a very detailed blueprint of the final film. Its application makes arriving at financial projections easier. You can draw an estimate comfortably since you know the number of scenes present and the cost of the exact location it will happen. This, therefore, makes it very simple to get a rough estimate of the projects in their entirety. Consequently, while working without a storyboard, you do not know what to expect. You are totally in the dark on even what figure to start the production process with.
Types of Storyboards
● Traditional storyboards: These are storyboards that are created in ink or pencil to aid in visualizing what a film will look like. For easy referencing, they are organized consecutively. For deep understanding, they may contain notes that offer explanations of what is happening in the sketch. One of the biggest merits of this methodology is the fact that editing is very simple and minimal effort is required.
● Thumbnail storyboards: This is a very small sketch presented in a video on pieces of paper. Information in this type of storyboard is very limited because of its size. Normally, only limited information is inscribed in them. Under this, they therefore automatically take less time.
● Animated storyboards: This type of storyboard is of a special kind as the storyboard is animated and has music alongside. They help in giving light to the timing, the pacing, and the stream of the scene. As complex as it may sound, it is a very easy method to use as one has to simply merge all sketches into a video.
If you want to produce videos of substance, then learning the various techniques of storyboard creation should be your call. Every successful activity needs a well-skilled plan. Working freely is the source of all negative effects on the success of your film. All successful individuals are actively utilizing storyboards in their day-to-day hustles and yes, they are doing very well.
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