What is a Storyboard?
A storyboard is one way of effectively planning out your video. It’s a visual outline of the all the shots that will need to be taken. It can be done with a pencil and paper or a whiteboard, so it can be easily updated or changed if needed. Some scripting software companies, like Celtx.com, offer storyboarding features with a free iPad app.
Whichever way you choose to create your video storyboard, it should be made to show your crew exactly what you have in mind, before the shoot begins. Visualizing your shots and putting them down on paper (or white board) provides an easier way of getting across your ideas to the video production and crew.
How To Create a Video Storyboard
Before beginning your storyboard, first determine the following:
- Decide which medium you will use to create your storyboard.
- Figure out how detailed you need your storyboard to be.
- Write out a description of what each cell will show.
- Determine your timeline.
Your storyboard could contain some or all of the following elements:
- Your story line broken up into cells (can be simply drawn squares for each shot)
- The timeline (how long each shot should last)
- Key scenes in your story (visually depicted as one cell each)
- Clearly defined types of camera angles for each shot (i.e. zoom, long shot, close-up or reveal)
- Additional information relating to the shoot (actors’ names, props needed, music types desired, etc.)
- Graphics or voiceovers (in a sub-cell to indicate where they should go)
- Arrows to indicate action
- Placement of actors or props within each shot.
- Keep in mind the three-point perspective when planning out each cell’s shots.
- Develop motivations for each cut.
What goes into a Video Production Brief?
It’s Time To Create Your Own Video Production Brief
Having a creative brief for video production will not only help make the video production process run more smoothly, but it will also ensure that your business and marketing objectives are met. You can learn more about creative brief templates at Valoso or check out the following two resources that provide a free video brief template: