Videos, regardless of their length always have a storyboard to begin with. It is the first step you take in creating your masterpiece. Think of it as a blueprint of your plan and it is a visual way on how the scenes would chronologically appear in your video. You can do this by the use of drawings or illustrations that will represent your content and make sure that the flow is good. At this stage, you can make some adjustments depending on what you and your team would agree upon. With the help of the storyboard, you will be able to build a great video because your team can visualize what you are trying to explain with the use of it. Once you are already filming, you can always consult your storyboard to make sure that every part of it is being followed and to help you be systematic with your production. Here are a few things to remember when creating your storyboard.
- Use a storyboard template to start with your storyboard if you still don’t have any ideas on how to start with it. A simple storyboard template usually has two parts, one for the visual drawings and the other for the text. Don’t worry too much if you do not draw well because the text part will explain what you are trying to draw on the other box. It is just a visual representation and your drawing won’t be included in the film so you don’t have to make the drawings beautiful. You can even use stick people just to simplify your storyboard.
- Remember that the scenes that you place on your storyboard are composed of shots that you made and edits that do after filming. Make sure you take note of any edits that you want so that you do not forget about them. You will find final cut pro plugins useful in the editing process so be sure you are well equipped when it is time to edit your work.
- You also have to take audio into consideration and because you can’t readily hear the sounds when you create your storyboard, you should list the audio that you want to include in the scenes. If you want crickets in the background or the sound of a whistling train, then you should write it down. It is important to have clear audio because your viewers don’t only see the video but they also hear it.
- Make sure you have a variation in the angle of your camera shots for different scenes. This will greatly help you in the editing of your final work. If one angle doesn’t clearly show what you want to portray try to get the scene at a different angle.
When you already have storyboard, you will be more ready to create your video and you wouldn’t be lost in filming. It is your checklist and helps make sure that each of the scenes are filmed and there is a good flow among the scenes.