Storyboards and Animatics


A storyboard is a graphic organizer that consists of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence. The storyboarding process, in the form it is known today, was developed at Walt Disney Productions during the early 1930s, after several years of similar processes being in use at Walt Disney and other animation studios.

Storyboards are used for planning, special requirements, timing, finding many problem areas and special requirements.

Storyboarding Fundamentals


Animatics are a preliminary sequence of shots, images, or sketches that is filmed or arranged usually with a sound track and viewed to determine its effectiveness before being finalised.  A way to evaluate how the characters need to move and the timing of the motion.  There’s no colour and the movements are, at best, jerky, but the animatic gives the producers a chance to see how the drawings and voices work together.  Image planes can work as frame-by-frame placement guides. 


Going into a film, commercial, or music video production with a visual battle plan is often essential to producing and directing a successful project. It is so important to go into production with essential resources that communicate your vision to your cast and crew.

This allows directors and producers to explore creative and technical issues such as image sequences, camera data on lens, angles and technical measurements before committing to them in production.  I would not usually involve areas such as detailed animation, texturing, lighting and motion blur.

Here’s what the future of previsualization looks like

Recently, we covered how virtual production and its real time capabilities harbor huge potential for filmmakers and directors everywhere, with Jon Favreau and his 2019 feature film The Lion King serving as an undeniable success story to cement this.

It also goes to show the ways in which virtual production is turning traditional filmmaking on its head and encouraging wider creative collaboration earlier on in the production pipeline. Previsualization, on-set direction and post-production no longer have to exist as mutually exclusive stages if the director of a film can access digital visuals and environments before, and whilst, shooting.


Storyboarder makes it easy to visualize a story as fast you can draw stick figures. Quickly draw to test if a story idea works. Create and show animatics to others. Express your story idea without making a movie.

We built Storyboarder because the storyboarding tool we wanted simply didn’t exist. We are making it better every day. In fact, we have released it free and open source. You can and even make improvements.  Can you apply storyboarding and pitches to the story development process as animation has done? We think so. We would love to hear your feedback to make Storyboarder the best storyboarding tool possible.

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Storyboarder is intended to be a fast and simple tool, with six drawing tools and easy-to-rearrange panels. The app is also integrated with external software, allowing for the ability to do roughs in Storyboarder, and with the click of one button, refine the artwork in Photoshop.

Storyboarding in Virtual Reality

Storyboards are commonly used in film, web and game design as a quick, effective way to communicate spatial position, sequence, motion and interaction when you’re trying to pre-visualize a scene. They’ve also been used to frame a scene, but what do you do when there’s no frame?



Videomaker: 180 deg rule

Vary your video composition: 10 types of camera shots

Until you’ve experienced being on the other side of the camera, moviegoers might not realize that they’ve been engaged throughout the storyline because of the range of camera shots in the film. It’s not just writing and acting that pushes the narrative forward (don’t get me wrong — they’re very important too!), but the actual composition of each frame can mean something and keep viewers interested.

Nancy Beiman pitches animated short “The Pet Wants Your Dinner”

Toy Story – Storyboarding

Shrek – Deleted Storyboard – Fiona Gets Them Lost

Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc (Animatic)

Taxi Driver Storyboards by Martin Scorsese

Luxo Jr [Pencil Test] [1986]

Previsualization – Past, Present, Future

How a Director Stages and Blocks a Scene

Animated Storyboards


Is a rough animation for planning a shot and/or sequence, like a moving storyboard with low resolution  models that are often untextured with simple lighting to visualise camera work, timing and composition.

Joust Animatic Storyboards

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