How to Make a Storyboard

Get Successful Storyboarding Tips from a Pro Storyboard Artist

How to Make a Storyboard

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Videomaker has teamed up a professional storyboard artist to bring you the complete guide to storyboarding. We'll explain all the subtle tricks that storyboard artists use to communicate movement and action in a static medium. This completely original report contains 100% new material and is fully illustrated with storyboard examples from actual movie productions. Learn how to show camera angles, lighting and camera motion!

When you're making a video, the more planning ahead you do, the better. Figuring out exactly what you'll be doing during a shoot saves your crew time and labor, and saves you from cost overruns and production headaches. A good storyboard sample will help you see how your shots fit together before you've shot a single foot of film or kilobit of video. A good storyboard will show your crew what you have in mind, and saves you from trying to convey what you want with wordy explanations and frustrated hand gestures. Communication is a snap when you're working with pictures!

We asked storyboard artist Jennifer Albright to compile this helpful guide to storyboard art, drawing on her own experiences as a freelance storyboard artist in the television and film industry. Jennifer is a UCLA film school alumnus and Los Angeles-based illustrator whose storyboard clients include Fox Sports Marketing.

How to Make a Storyboard: Movie Storyboarding Examples
Explains Storyboard Layout

But storyboards do more than just help you keep your production on track. They're also vital for pitching your idea to investors. If you want an investor to back your project, you need to prove to them that you are the right person for the job. Investors want to know what your finished project will look like, so that they can be sure that it's something that they want to support. A good storyboard layout will not only quickly and clearly show any potential investor exactly what your finished project will look like, but is a clear demonstration of your seriousness, professionalism and dedication to your video project.

Learn:

  • Introduction to Storyboarding
  • The Different Types of Shots
  • Depicting Camera Movement
  • The 180 Degree Rule
  • More hints for Successful Storyboarding from a Pro
  • Examples from Actual Storyboards to Demonstrate Every Technique
  • Additional Resources

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