Why Storyboards?

What are some of the ways people use storyboards?

People use storyboards to bring clarity to a film/video project. Storyboards bring the script to life, help the production team visualize their shot list, give the editors a strong foundation to build on, and much, much more.


Just because the script has been approved doesn’t  mean everyone sees it the same way.

Storyboards are used by film makers and production teams to help get everyone on the same page. Film/video production is visually-driven; good storyboards allow the film maker(s) to see things in the script that need to be adjusted. Along with this benefit, pre-production illustrations enable directors and actors to see beforehand, what they’re getting themselves into.

In short, storyboards provide production teams with a means to function at a higher level of cooperation and help them better prepare  for the shooting/filming stage.

Shooting the production

Pre-Production artwork helps prevent “shooter’s block.”

Even in the inspiring excitement of a shoot, it’s difficult for a director/cinematographer to consider all the shots, plotting and continuity that a script demands without a reference point. Storyboards visually represent the script/shot list in a way that removes much of the guess work gathering footage. Many of the issues of directional progression and subject positioning are considered in the storyboarding process. This saves the director a lot of trouble when shooting involved sequences.


When it comes to editing, storyboards are the best thing since sliced bread.

After the video footage has been collected, the time comes to put it all together. To most, the editing phase can seem like the least dependent on storyboards. But in fact, the editing process is where the vision captured by the storyboards in pre-production, meets the intentional footage captured on shoot day. Post-Production benefits greatly from the forethought invested  into the storyboards. The vivid translation of the script that is communicated to the editor through pre-production illustrations, gives them guidelines that save them from hours of headache. Editors use storyboards to make their job more orderly and efficient.

Storyboards are used by people to make every part of the video/film production process more efficient.

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