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What is a storyboard?

A storyboard is a shot-by-shot visual plan that shows what a film will look like before the film is shot.

The storyboard acts as a visual guide to the team shooting the film.

Here you’ll learn about what storyboards are used for, why they’re important, and how to create them. 

You can create storyboards in a variety of ways. We recommend starting by hand if you're new to storyboard, and then move on to using a free digital storyboarding tool called Storyboarder.

Watch the video below before jumping into one of the storyboard lessons.


Beginner: Learn about shots types and composition, find out what to include in a storyboard and then illustrate your own

2.1 Storyboards for the beginner

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Advanced: Learn about camera angles, how to use directional arrows for characters, and then enhance your storyboard through a digital storyboard tool

2.2 Storyboards for the advanced

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Extension: Learn more about storyboard arrows and camera movement, and then create an animatic storyboard.

2.3 Storyboards extension

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