By Becca Jaye Sharples on 6th April 2018

Complete Guide To Storyboarding Your Video Ideas!

Hello Viddyozers!

We’ve put together a storyboard guide!

After our super popular Video Preparation blog we had loads of emails from our users who were putting our tips into practise!

Ideas of a storyboard can vary, so here’s my inclusive plan of action!

PUTTING PEN TO PAPER

I’m going to assume you’ve read the Preparation blog, which gives away a FREE client briefing document, a starting point for your own videos or ones you’re paid to make.

After you’ve filled in your briefing document, you will need to create a frame by frame plan.

To people familiar with a storyboard, this could look like a series of boxes ready to fill in with text or sketches. (like these!)

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However.

My experience in creating video content spanning from lecturing students, consulting businesses and planning adverts for global brands has taught me one key lesson…

Square peg round hole.

Is everyone familiar with the saying? Well in simple terms, do not force your ideas into the constraints of what you believe to be a traditional way of processing or planning thoughts.

Creative thinking and idea generation needs to be given freedom and space to breathe – restrictions of any kind will create blockages in your thought process.

So throw away your ‘storyboard boxes’ (maybe just place them to one side, I want to pick them back up later!) and get yourself a blank page.

After all, if you have 9 boxes in front of you, how do you know firstly that there will be just 9 frames? You haven’t even started yet!

Grab a pen, some plain paper and instead begin with LISTS.

List are so beneficial to creative processes, not least because they can be infinite. I want you to start by numbering your list and seeing this as elements you need, not as scenes or frames of video content. For example:

  1. Logo stinger
  2. Intro
  3. First piece of footage
  4. Transition
  5. Second piece of footage with text overlay
  6. Transition
  7. Text based animation
  8. Outro including logo

There you go, and now you know you’ll need 8 boxes. Simple as that!

You’re not limited to a maximum number of frames but I would like to impose a bit of tough love and say you MUST have a start, middle and end implying you’ll need at least 3 elements for a successful video storyboard.

BOXING IT OFF

You have your rough guide of an order, so let’s start with your 8 boxes.

Please remember that these can change!

Here’s my 8 boxes, and I’ve got two examples to show you of how to fill these in.

The first is inspired by every single person I’ve sat with who have said to me “but Becca I can’t do a storyboard because I can’t draw!”

Nonsense. Here’s my purely text based boxes:

And for those with more time or who prefer to see more visual plans, here’s a more visual example of how I want my video to look:

SEARCHING FOR TEMPLATES

Let’s say you’ve planned your visuals to a specific look and feel, now turn to your Viddyoze account for those all important template animation elements.

Do this in sections. Start at the top of your storyboard list and separate the elements you will need to find – here I’ve separated what we need to look at for our example:

  1. Logo stinger
  2. Intro
  3. Transition
  4. Text overlay
  5. Transition
  6. Text based animation
  7. Outro including logo

Search through your account looking for the most appropriate templates, making sure you follow our top tips of picking the right templates.

SET THE STAGE

You have your elements, including the footage or stills from the company or project your video is for.

To start, make a folder with all these elements in, including rendered templates ready to go.

TOP TIP
I would start making your templates in the order in which they appear in your plan – that way as they require rendering one by one you can be adding each one as the next one renders and saves to your folder.

FINAL ASSEMBLY

Open your video editor of choice, and name the project.

Transfer all your elements across in the correct order and start placing them beside each other.

Test run the whole video visuals. This is where you’ll see any snags or visual issues including the speed, size of text and colours.

You can use this section of video creation to experiment, there is plenty of room for error as no one needs to see parts that don’t work – just persevere here!

As probably the most fun part, the final assembly also comes with a need for patience. Taking breaks and showing people you trust to check over the content to miss anything you may have missed. Fresh eyes are very useful here!

CHOOSING AUDIO

I leave audio till the end of my video making – for several reasons.

Firstly, we all have our strengths and weaknesses, and although I know how I want the result to LOOK I rarely know how I want it to SOUND.

Our Viddyographer Rob is my go to always, as he is the king of audio. He’s also listened to an extensive amount of soundtracks for videos over the years so he can watch something and recall a clip from 3 years ago from his in-brain library that would be perfect.

Well, we all have our talents.

The main reason however that I leave it until last, is because the frames will have changed from my original storyboard plan, and the speed and look of my templates will need to match the audio.

Start by looking at sites with example downloads, the first one you use may not work – that’s also fine! This is another stage where you can and should experiment.

FRONT OF THE CLASS PLEASE

You have your first cut! Or if you’re confident, it could be your final cut!

So want a second opinion? How about 31,000 second opinions?

Our Facebook User group is ready and waiting for you to post your creation. I would love to see your videos but ALSO your storyboards and lists to compare.

Feel free to email me too – happy to help and love seeing your work! Becca@viddyoze.com

For those not even with us yet – we’re waiting for you!

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Till next time!

 

  • Mike Richards

    Hi Becca,
    Can’t believe I am the first to comment!
    Such an essential “How to” and very well explained.
    I expect it to be a YouTube feature very soon …

    • Becca Jaye Sharples

      Thanks so much Mike! I have big plans for tutorials on screen – watch this space!

  • Filemon Hernandez

    Excelent info!

  • Adam Ray Thompson

    Great info Becca 🙂

    • Becca Jaye Sharples

      Thanks Adam!!

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