A Storyboard is a way to visualize a series of sequential art of a story and character of movies, television, and games. It serves to communicate the visual story to the crew. This way everyone can understand how the story and scenes will be portrayed. It can be preferred as a “blueprint for media”. Today storyboarding can be done with the traditional pencil and paper or digitally.
A fancy example of traditional storyboarding
An example of digital storyboarding with Storyboard Quick
Let’s compare the two!
Pencil and Paper Storyboarding
– inexpensive, you just need a pencil and a paper
– instant hard copy
– You have to keep up with a billion papers!
– You have to keep a pencil sharpener with you
– Digital copy needs to be made…(now I’m thinking why not just go digital?)
– hard to edit, eraser smudges everywhere! (what if they change the character from a man to a small boy AFTER the whole story was drawn out?)
– possible inconsistencies in the drawings ( you have to redraw the characters multiple times, I know one person would be missing an eyebrow or something in one scene)
– software can provide with colors, props, backgrounds, characters, etc.
– exact replicas, all characters will look exactly the same!
– easy to edit
– customizable, you can bring in your own drawings from photoshop into a program like Storyboard Quick
– you can even add sounds to give the rest of the production team a better feel of what the film, animation, game, etc. should feel like
– technology, what if your computer malfunctions and you loose all of your work?! You have to also think about how much space
Both can be time consuming!
I am not a drawer and I am lazy so I would go digital! What would you choose as your beginning layout? What pros and cons did you think of?
If you are interested in storyboarding, here is a website that lists tons of storyboarding resources! There are even links to teach you how to draw on paper and on the computer.