Next one up – Storyboard

To follow up our last post where we answered the question “What is Stop Motion” we thought we would answer the next question, What is a storyboard?

A storyboard is a thing you use to help organize all your illustrations or images. It is a graphic organizer so that you can organize the pictures so that they are displayed in the correct sequence so that it will become a motion picture, motion graphic, animation or interactive media sequence. The storyboarding process was actually developed at Walt Disney Productions in the early 1930s. It was after several years of similar processes being used at Walt Disney and other studios that the process was adapted in the form that it is known today.

Diane Disney Miller has explained in the biography of her father (The story of Walt Disney) that the first complete storyboard was made for the short film Three Little Pigs. But according to John Canemaker the first storyboards at Disney where created in the early 1920s. They where evolved from comic-books and then created similar for animated cartoons. And after a few years the idea spread to other studios. The thought behind the storyboards at Disney was to draw different scenes on separate sheets of paper and pining them up on a bulletin board to tell a story in sequence. And with that the first storyboard was created. It was also Disney who started to have a separate “story department” where it was specialized storyboard artists. So we can thank the Walt Disney Productions for their work who has made the storyboard what it is today.

By 1937 and 1938 all studios in America used storyboards. One of the first live films to be made with a complete storyboard was the all time classic Gone with the Wind. Storyboarding then became real popular during the early 40s for live action film productions. The 40s to the 90s was a period where the production design was characterized by adaption of the storyboard. And today the storyboards are an essential part of the creative process.

You can use storyboard to many thing. Except for movies people around the world also use storyboards for: theater, animatics, photomatics, comic books, business, novels, interactive media and software. So as you can see there are a lot of different areas where you can use storyboard for your advantage.

Then what are the benefits with using storyboards?
One of the benefits with storyboards is that when you use it, it allows the user to experiment with changes in the storyline to evoke stronger reactions or interest. The second advantage with storyboard is that it allows the production to play the movie in advance. And they can also decide what type of camera shot, angle and blocking characters. Storyboards also allow a group of people
to brainstorm together and foster more ideas. As you might know now the benefits with using storyboards are great. 488

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