Storyboards are a way to present the elements of a story in a sequence. They are used a lot by people who make movies and other media to help them “see” a story and how the pieces work together before they spend a lot of time and money on a project.
When you are working on a team, storyboards are one way to get people, literally, on the same page. Here is a 3-minute video on how to do that (the written-out version continues below the video).
Of course even storyboards have a story, which goes like this:
In the 1930s, an animator at Disney got the idea of drawing scenes on separate pieces of paper and pinning them up on a bulletin board to map out short cartoons like Steamboat Willie. It was a big hit and became the Disney way of doing things — and eventually everyone else’s.
Here’s some examples of how Dr. Pop and our friends use storyboards.
But when I needed to turn the hour and a half workshop into a fifteen minute cartoon, I had to get feedback from the team. They needed to have an idea what it was going to look like.
Software makes it easier to move things around when you make changes. But so do post it notes or index cards or pieces of paper like the first Disney storyboard. Use what works for you. I like using software, because I can easily make changes and save different versions.