As BiteSite gets more and more into scripted works, we're starting to realize the huge benefit of using a very powerful yet simple tool: Storyboards. Storyboards are a great way to answer a lot of questions and in this article we're going to explore why and how we use them.
Why bother doing storyboards?
The biggest reason we use storyboards is it gives us a preview of what the final video will look like and let us know if our vision will actually work. When you write a script and have a vague idea of what your visuals are going to look like, it's not enough to dictate what shots you're going to use and if they'll work together in the final edit.
Storyboards to the rescue!
Storyboards are a cheap way early in the production to figure out exactly what it is you're going to shoot. When you're on set, busy with squeezing in 30 or 40 shots in a 10 hour day, it can be hard to keep track of the bigger vision. By doing storyboards, you're guaranteeing that up front, your vision is going to work. Once you get to the set, things get very expensive and if you're not sure your vision is going to work, things could get very difficult.
When you do your storyboards and base your shots on your storyboards - you can concentrate on getting great shots and not whether or not things are going to flow together.
How do we use storyboards?
It's a pretty simple process that we employ at BiteSite.
- Everything starts with the script and a visual ideas. The script will give us a vague idea of what we'll be seeing on screen.
- Then using the script, we'll draw storyboards using either simple pencil and paper, or apps like Paper for iPad.
- After the storyboards are done, we'll sometimes edit them together in Final Cut Pro and put music to it to see how everything fits together.
- If all goes well, we'll base our shot list directly on the shots we see in the storyboard edit.
You don't have to be a professional storyboard artist to see how things are going to work. Just some simple drawings to guide you.
Our latest project with App8 showed that we stuck very close to the storyboards and we were very happy with the results.
So if you find yourself working on a video production, take some time to layout your ideas using storyboards. It'll make the shoot go a lot smoother and you'll end up with a great video in the end.
Be sure to checkout out our video above to see a side by side comparison of the App8 Promo Video storyboards and the final video.