What Is Storyboarding?
Storyboarding is a process of visually representing a concept or an idea. Storyboards are the blueprints for creating videos and assisting graphic designers and developers in visualizing a concept before implementing the same on complex designing and animation software.
Storyboards can be hand-drawn or electronically created. They look like a series of square frames with sketches and illustrations. They are written so that frame by frame, the story unfolds, and the concept comes to life. In addition to the graphics, these frames carry textual elements like narration, dialogues, and notes for the developers.
Who Uses Storyboards?
Storyboards are generally used as precursors to developing educational videos, explainer videos, concept videos, project videos, showcase reels, product demos, etc. They find multiple applications across the e-learning and entertainment industries. Storyboards are also widely used for concept pitching, ideation, and brainstorming due to their inexpensive nature.
They also find application in sales and marketing activities like developing buyer personas and depicting consumer lifecycles. One can also create storyboards for developing navigation structures and web architecture for a sizable website creation project.
Storyboarding for Micro Learning
Videos can open-up a world of exciting and engaging opportunities for educators exploring interesting in-class pedagogies. Learners across age-groups prefer learning through videos. By weaving visual elements into the teaching plans, one can increase the entire course material’s applicability.
Storyboarding is an important early stage while developing e-learning content. Experienced instruction designers can convert textual concepts, video scripts, and theories into interesting storyboards. These can be eventually produced into animated videos, GIFs, interactive graphics, and other multimedia elements.
Today, digitally-driven companies are smartly weaving video content with online resources and even embedding them into learning apps to enhance their reach and cater to on-demand learners’ specific needs.
Did you Know, LexiConn helped a tech start-up in Barcelona create 50+ mobile-first, e-learning modules. Read the micro-learning case study.
Tips For Developing Storyboards That Work
When creating storyboards, it is easy to get carried away. Due to the creative nature of the exercise, writers often go overboard with their ideas and visualizations. Well, that doesn’t sound too bad. However, while developing storyboards, one must never lose sight of the subject matter, the target audience, and the purpose.
The key to developing highly useful storyboards is to make them extremely comprehensive. Details, Details, Details – this is the mantra for success. Remember that as a storyboard developer, you are the link between the subject matter and the audience. The better the research, the more composite the detailing, the better the storyline, and the deeper the learning.
Good storyboard writers have opinions about the special effects (VFX, AFX), visuals (type of stock imagery to be used), etc., and provide appropriate references to bring their creations to life. Working knowledge of the basic features of the animation software also comes in handy.
LexiConn brings maturity and domain expertise to marry your subject matter with the most suitable mode of communication, character representations, and situations. This ability stems from our deep-rooted understanding of communication design and instruction design.
We have assisted several leading learnings solutions providers in developing smart, age-appropriate, syllabus-compliant, and technically-feasible storyboards within short turnaround times. We have the ability to manage large projects while maintaining strong quality control and editing benchmarks. Talk to us about your storyboarding outsourcing needs.