Every commercial and movie has a detailed vision and shot list that goes into every scene. In the storyboard process, you use illustrations to sketch out the overall flow of your video. This is your blueprint and map, and must be done before you ever turn on a camera.
A storyboard doesn’t have to be a Rembrandt. It simply needs to demonstrate clearly the concept you’re trying to convey, whether it’s who’s on camera, what action is occurring, or the development of your story (Thus if you’re a stick-figure master, storyboarding is for you!) This also includes any specifics involved in each scene – lighting, music, time of day, angles, etc. The more precise you are about details at this stage, the more likely your concept will be correctly translated onto the screen.
Storyboarding can make crystal-clear what you want your audience to see, and help you get rid of ideas that take away from the focus of your story. Thus don’t worry if you have to make changes at this point in the creative process – even if they’re substantial. It’s better to do it now then be in the middle of a shoot and realize something has to be radically altered. Without having a clear vision of each moment-by-moment scene, this can create a logistics nightmare, where you might need to reshoot important elements during the editing phase. This can be extremely frustrating and very costly. For when you’re ready to begin your video shoot or animating, you don’t want any surprises that is going to sidetrack your project.
Maybe you’re really good at telling a story — that’s great. We’ll happily take your concept and storyboards and turn it into a polished product. But if you need some assistance in bringing your tremendous ideas to the screen, then Suite Imagery is ready to help you tell your story.
Below is a small compilation of the wide variety of storyboards we’ve used to bring our client’s great ideas to life. And when you’re ready to share your great idea, click here.