If you’re new to creating videos and films, you might wonder why you need to know how to make a storyboard. If you have a script and a camera, why can’t you just jump into shooting the footage you need for your video? Almost all experienced video makers use storyboards. Let’s walk through just a few of the top reasons you should always create a storyboard before you start making a video.
Storyboards help you convey your vision
Whether you’re proposing your idea for a video to a group of investors or you just need to show your creative team what you want to do with your opening shot, a storyboard is a huge help! You may be working alone on your first videos, but – if you continue to create and edit videos – you’re likely going to be collaborating with others at some point. If you have a clear visual representation of your vision for your video, you can save a lot of time and frustration. Imagine how much easier it is to show someone a storyboard than to try to explain exactly what you want to see and hear for each shot and scene.
Plus, if you continue making videos, you may get to the point that you need to approach investors or pitch a video idea to a production company. Professional producers and investors want to know that they’re working with someone who knows what they’re doing. You can’t present your idea for your big project without a solid storyboard.
Save time with a detailed storyboard
A lot of new creators think that storyboarding is a waste of time, but almost all of them learn that storyboarding actually saves time. Yes, it’s an additional step that you have to take before you start shooting, but consider this. You may have a script or screenplay, and you may have an idea of what you want each shot to look like, but have you seen how the shots fit together and how your video will transition from one scene to the next?
Storyboarding gives you a framework for your video. With a complete storyboard, you can easily make a full shot list and check off each scene as you finish filming. This will ensure that you don’t have to go back and shoot anything again. Likewise, since your storyboard will show you how your video will flow from one shot to the next, it will also give you a chance to see places where transitions may not work as well as you imagined. This will allow you to make changes to the script and storyboard to ensure a better video. And you won’t waste time on shots that you would just have to edit out later.
Storyboards make post-production easier
If you’ve completed even a single video project, you know that the work isn’t done when you finish filming. In fact, editing your video and adding effects can be even more work than actually shooting your video. With a storyboard, you can easily put each video clip in order and follow the instructions you laid out in the pre-production process to create a polished, professional-level video.
If you’re working with a team, this is even more relevant. Let’s say, for example, that you wrote the script and shot the video, but you won’t be doing the actual editing. Consider how much time your team could waste re-editing scenes that don’t quite match your vision. Your editor doesn’t want you hanging around, looking over their shoulder while they work. And you don’t want to waste that time. Instead, give them the tools they need to succeed the first time. A storyboard is one of those tools. In fact, some editors will tell you that a good storyboard is just as important as good video editing software.