How to Make a Storyboard

Making a storyboard before shooting a movie is like drawing a blueprint before grabbing a hammer and nails. Do it well, and make sure your film is structurally sound.

You will need

  • Several loose sheets of blank 11-by-17-inch paper
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • And a shooting script
  • Computer with layout program

Step 1 Pick aspect ratio Pick an aspect ratio for shooting.

Step 2 Multiply the ratio by ¼ inch Multiply the dimensions of your aspect ratio by a ¼ inch.

Step 3 Draw frames With a pencil and a ruler, draw out boxes, called frames, on 11-by-17-inch paper. They should match the dimensions from Step 2, and there should be at least four frames on each sheet of paper with a fair amount of space under each for script, directions, and notes.

Step 4 Make enough sheets for the project Reproduce as many storyboard sheets as you will need for your project.

Step 5 Start drawing Using your script as a guide, start drawing. Use one frame for every cut, or in animation, one frame per specific gesture or motion.

Step 6 Draw important scenes first on separate sheets Draw key scenes first on separate sheets, making it easier to rearrange them.

Step 7 Check your script Continuously check your script. Rearrange parts of the storyboard as you go if you need to make edits.

Step 8 Show it off Use your completed storyboard to show people how you envision your script coming to life.