What is a Storyboard?

What is a Storyboard?

Every video production team should realise the importance of a storyboard. So what is it? And why is it needed?

There are many planning tasks associated with Video production which are vital to creating a successful product which meets your client needs. Storyboarding helps us to effectively plan each shoot before we proceed with a project.

Not only does the storyboard help our crew to keep track of what’s going on, but it also allows us to give the client a visual of how their project will look upon completion and allows us to gain client approval at the start of a project.

What is a Storyboard?

A storyboard is a collection of sequential sketches or line drawings which represent the finished piece of video content for our project.

People create Storyboards in many different ways, and there really is no right or wrong way to do it. They help us to organise our thoughts and really think about the individual aspects of our production.

Why use a Storyboard?

As a director it is very important to me to arrive on set with a clear idea and representation of the footage which we need to capture- usually within time constraints.

Storyboarding assists our entire team from pre-production to post. It helps our film crew to check they have all the correct shots so that the footage can be edited to the specs agreed by the client. Once our director and film crew have followed it to capture their shots, it is passed on to our editor, who can use it as a guide, informing them of the productions structure.

How do you make a storyboard?

We craft the storyboard after the brief has been approved and the script written, allowing us to visualise the Production stage and plan the shoot. This takes the form of detailed line drawings of each of our shots, outlining camera/Actor movements, camera shots and scene numbers. These are then edited, adding the finer details in order to produce a really strong visualisation of what we will shoot on set.

You don’t have to be an artist to create a story board. The idea is to supply your creative team with as much information as you can, in order to manage the Production stage effectively and avoid missing necessary elements of the story.

We really view a storyboard as our guideline and believe that anybody should be able to pick it up, with no prior knowledge of the project, and get a good idea of the finished piece.

AWOL Team Member Heather Hodsdon


Greg Goodall- Co-Founder/ Director

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