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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.



For those new to storyboards.

What you’ll do: Create a short storyboard from selected shots.
What you’ll find about: What to include in a storyboard, and how to create a short storyboard.

1.1 Storyboards for the beginner

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For those with some experience with storyboards but who want create longer and more detailed storyboards.

What you’ll do: Create a long storyboard using a digital storyboard tool
What you’ll find about: How to complete a long storyboard and how to use Storyboarder and its basic tools, and how to use arrows in storyboards for character movement.

1.2 Storyboards for the advanced

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For those who have experience with storyboards, but are looking to extend their skills.

What you’ll do: Create an animatic storyboard.
What you’ll find about: More ways to use directional arrows in storyboards, how to make a really effective storyboard, and how to create a timed animatic in Storyboarder.

1.3 Storyboards extension

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