Module 4: Storyboarding an educational video
Introduction: What is a storyboard?
Storyboards take many different forms, depending on the media they describe, but in general, a storyboard is a tool for visualizing a story or other sequence of ideas.
Storyboards for multimedia projects usually contain a more or less detailed sketch of each screen, along with notes about the content of particular visuals, the function of specific buttons, and the way video and sound is to be presented.
Similarly, video and film storyboards contain a more or less detailed sketch of each camera shot, along with the script for that shot including dialog and narration and notes about the visuals.
Is this too much planning? Is it overkill? It would be for a talk show or a news program in which a standard set of shots is used day after day and year after year, in more or less predictable ways. "Format" shows such as these are usually storyboarded once at the beginning, then the director simply plans and calls these standard shots for the run of the program, or until it the storyboard is revised.
But for a dramatic presentation, each shot in the sequence is unique, and requires a little thought before rolling tape. This is almost the last chance for creative input to the program. The script and storyboard will dictate 90% or more of the finished project.
In this module, you'll use the Educational Video Workshop Phase 4: Drawing an Educational Video Storyboard to:
- Specify appropriate camera angles;
- Specify appropriate camera and actor movements;
- Specify an appropriate shot sequence; and
- Sketch all these into a storyboard the director, actors, and crew can use.
Put on your creative hats, and draw!