Storyboarding for Beginners

We’ve talked before about the dos and don’ts of animation, and now, let’s put the focus on the most basic elements of making a storyboard – from conceptualization to the final visual product.


Storyboards have multiple functions, but it primarily serves as a graphic organizer that contains drawings, illustrations, and/or images displayed in sequence to pre-visualize the sequences in animation, interactive media, motion graphic, or motion picture. The storyboarding process was first developed in the 1930s at the Walt Disney Productions, and has since then been utilized in many forms of visual media.


The process also involves different setups in production, including techniques to execute the needed type of framing and angles, among others. Jugaad Animation made an infographic that offers practical advice – a tutorial of sorts – that covers the basics of creating storyboards and keeping these in mind: how to begin, what to avoid, basic terms involved, direction necessary (extremely important), drawing principles, and editing principles.

The Basics of Storyboarding

Via Jugaad Animation. Click image for larger version.

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