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.
Step 1: Pick aspect ratio Pick an aspect ratio for shooting.
TIP: The aspect ratio is the physical proportion of the image you’re capturing, measured horizontally then vertically. Most television is 4:3 and film is typically 16:9.
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.
TIP: You can also draw these boxes using a computer layout program.
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.
TIP: Add notes for scenes that require extra attention, such as pans, tilts, crane movements, or zooms.
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.
FACT: The storyboarding process was first developed by the Walt Disney Studios in the early 1930s.