Storyboarding might look so much fun, but the work and confusion that occurs can quite make a wonderful behind-the-scenes video. You will get a lot of video tutorials on YouTube to start with storyboarding.
Though I had prior experience in live-action storyboarding, it was after coming to webdew that I adapted to the storyboarding style of explainer videos. The explainer videos discussed include stock footage, live-action and animations.
However, when I migrate to a new type of video, one question still troubles me: what template should I use for this project? Mainly in terms of the number of panels a storyboarding page should have.
This blog will tell you what is a storyboard panel and how to decide the number of panels for a storyboard project. Before getting into the number of panels, some of you might wonder what a storyboard panel actually is. Let's start with that!
What is a Storyboard Panel?
While making a video storyboard, it will be a compilation of many actions. A storyboard panel denotes a single instance of action or dialogue, where one drawing will make one panel.
Put into simple words, these are basically sketches that a storyboard artist makes, outlining the action of every shot. Having storyboard panels, all set, makes production much easier and saves much money.
How many Panels should you make for a Storyboard Project?
The explainer videos are animated after storyboards are made in Illustrator files with neatly layered illustrations. Adobe Illustrator art boards' options are flexible and can be exported to PDF format for presentation purposes.
However, the work of storyboard artists like me is a step ahead of that. You must visualize the concepts before creating vector illustrations that can be animated directly from illustrator files later.
For this, you must make hand-done sketches to convey the concept in sketch format with the correct layout and framing of the shots.
Now, this can be done in many ways. There are countless options on the internet for creating many storyboard panels, mainly ranging from 1 to 12, along with styles and types.
But all this is relevant when you are actually going to print the pages on a normal a4 size printer, which many people prefer to do. If, in the process, there is no hard copy, then making individual sketches and arranging them in the desired template in software is also one solution.
This process takes little time and effort, but initially, when you are unsure about developing your projects for the first time, it can help you find the correct template.
Ultimately, presentation is a big part of storyboarding, as storyboards are made to communicate ideas efficiently in pictorial form. The experience of going through a storyboard can be greatly enhanced by its presentation. Using the correct template is the most significant part of that experience.
Tips for beginners
If you are a beginner, there are some tips that you should always remember.
Got a clear understanding of the Storyboard panel and its use?
So, ultimately, the number of panels for the storyboard depends on three aspects. Firstly, who is going to use it and what they prefer. Secondly, the story's pacing and expected detailing of the sketches. And thirdly (if there is a choice), whatever the artist is comfortable with while working on the commercial video storyboard panels.
I hope this blog gave you insights into how to get started with storyboard panels. The webdew team creates many types of videos, including character animation, whiteboard videos, and motion graphics.
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