What’s a storyboard?

Storyboards are a series of rough drawings broken into scenes or shots that tell a story.

People may be represented in stick form and other elements are sketched in a very basic way with limited detail. Arrows are typically used to suggest the direction of motion or transitions from scene to scene.

Storyboard example (click to download)

Animation storyboard example

Each sketch in the storyboard is usually accompanied by the voice over script and a short written guidance describing the proposed animation.

Storyboarding, even in a very simplified form, helps you check that your ideas are sound and communicate those ideas with others.

If you’re looking for a tool to help with storyboarding, Boords provides an inexpensive and quick way to create a professional looking storyboard.

Boords storyboard app

Boords storyboard app

What’s the difference between a storyboard and an animatic?

An animatic is an animated version of a storyboard. An animatic includes either the final or a temporary voice over, background music and the sketches taken from the storyboard.

Everything in an explainer animation will be timed to the voice. An animatic helps review that timing allowing a creative team to review the pace of the animation, slowing or simplifying areas where the pace is too fast while adding detail to slow segments.