Jul 19, Video Production Storyboard: Pre-visualize Your Video Production!

The video production storyboard is a wonderful tool
that can help keep you organized and moving forward when you are producing your

Let’s take a look at how to use one…!

What Is a Video Production Storyboard?

What is a video production storyboard

So… What is a video production storyboard? Video production storyboards are basically…

  • Pictures,
  • Sketches,
  • Drawings… 

Of the scenes in your film or video…done in a particular order, from first to last, on sheets of paper or on a big board … Or… nowadays… done with special software just for that purpose.

The drawings can be anything from “stick drawings” to very intricate professionally done renderings using special storyboard making video software. Of course, the artistic level of the renderings isn’t as important as how well the storyboard works for you in keeping your video production organized and moving forward.

A storyboard can be done on 3 x 5 cards if you want to! Just remember, the storyboard doesn’t have to be fancy! Common video production storyboards are drawn in pen or pencil… or some people use pictures such as photos they’ve taken or even pictures they’ve cut out of magazines… Just some sort of visual aid for them to “see” the form of their video.

For most storyboards you really don’t want to
spend a whole lot of time doing it… so using basic shapes, stick figures, and
simple backgrounds are really all you need to keep you on track. 
Basically, as long as a
storyboard provides you with a visual preview of the layout of events, as you
would see them in your video or through your camera lens, then it is a useful
tool and is doing its job.

Pre-Visualize Your Video Production!

Pre-visualize your video production

The storyboard can help you to pre-visualize your production so that you can look at the scenes before videoing, filming or editing and therefore are able to rate the video the way that you want it.

 By using this technique you can play around with ideas for, among other things…

  • Camera placement and movement,
  • Direction,
  • Editing and
    visual effects.

Doing this beforehand can save you a lot of frustration, time, and money.

Storyboarding makes it so much easier to “see” how your video is going to flow. It allows you to work with the sequence of events to be shot and how each scene or sequence in the video will transition into the next one.

A storyboard is also a good way to “brainstorm” new
ideas for a video and, if you’re working with a group, the storyboard makes it
easy for all to contribute their ideas to the video production. 
The storyboard is done in the pre-production phase of
the video production process.

Who Uses Storyboards?

Who uses video production storyboards?

The storyboard is really for video producers who don’t want to spend a whole lot of time rearranging, reshooting or re-editing scenes once they get into the actual production of the video.

The concept of using storyboards has been around since before 1930. Depending on who you read…Walt Disney first used it in 1928 but,
it really probably goes back to the silent film era and has been used in one
way or another ever since. It’s been a great tool for filmmakers for a very
long time!

If you’re a one-man video production crew you really don’t want to spend a whole lot of time figuring out things in the middle of shooting your scenes… things like:

Or… the “thousand and one” other things that go into shooting one
segment, shot or scene. 
Your storyboard can keep you straight and on track

If you’re in post-production on the video and you are already doing your digital video editing there is usually of course some experimentation but… Keeping to your original ideas as laid out in the storyboard will keep you from doing “endless” edits on the material.

So… Using a storyboard in production or post-production can keep you moving forward so that you can get your video done!

What Is in the Storyboard?

What is in a storyboard

Here are just a few of the things that a storyboard may contain:

The Types of Camera Shots…

What are the basic camera shots that you will be using? What’s the distance between the
camera and the subject? What type of panorama are you showing to your audience?
Are you doing any tilt or zoom shots?

The Camera Angles…

What position is the camera looking
from? Camera angles give the audience emotional content. Do you want the
audience to feel a particular emotion when looking at this scene?

Transitions between Shots…

Are you doing dissolves or
fades  etc. to give the audience a sense of how the scenes connect together?
Transitions control the time or movement within the scene. Are you doing some
other type of cut? Include them on your storyboard.

The Dialogue…

What are they saying in the scene?


What’s in the scene? Is it static or dynamic? Are the subjects moving?
How will they be moving and how should this be filmed or videoed? Movement or
lack of it can also show time in a scene… how will you do this?

Those are just a few of the things that can  be in a
video production storyboard. 
It’s of course up to you as to what’s in the storyboard that will
help you most to produce your video.

Your video production storyboard will help you to also write your video’s script!

Your Storyboard Will Help You to Be More Efficient…

Video production storyboard will help you be more efficient

The whole idea of the video production storyboard is that it helps you
to be more
organized and more efficient in making your video production… and that is what it
should  do for you… if you use it!

It depends on you  however as to what’s included in the storyboard that
will help you make the best video possible in the most efficient way.

As I said at the top… the video production storyboard is
a wonderful tool and if it is used as part of your production routine it can help you to organize your video in the most
efficient way…

And that really can save you a lot of frustration, time, and

Here’s to making a great video…!

Have fun…!  Dan (Editor)

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