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January 8, 2012

Storyboards come in all shapes and sizes and for different reasons. They help put your idea together and allow others to understand what you plan to do.

The Thumbnail Storyboard is the first example I’d like to speak about. It really is what it is called, each shot in a small thumbnail sketch and allows to quickly put your ideas down but may not always be the most readable therefore it is usually a starting point.


The Floating Storyboard is a more comprehensive board as the drawings are in rectangles matching the aspect ratio that the film will be shot in. However, it does not have to be within a rectangle hence the “floating storyboard” and doesn’t restrict you to a certain space.





The Framed Storyboard is where the drawings are in a fixed aspect ratio so that you are forced to think carefully about how things will be shown on the screen. This is a good storyboard for final ideas.



Finally, The Photo Storyboard, is again as the name suggests. The aspect ratio is automatically produced therefore it is less of a worry. This time though you have puppets and small sets created so you can photograph them.


These are other examples of storyboards. All credit goes to


Production Storyboard (READY FOR PRODUCTION): The complete production guide for you step-by-step, with as much detail as possible.

 Conceptual Storyboard (SCRIPTING): The sequence of images and ideas (concepts) to communicate the aural style of the piece. You could think of this as like a photo-essay. Arrange and re-arrange these elements to test yourself out.

 Rush Storyboard (IN THE MIDDLE OF PRODUCTION AND POSTPRODUCTION): This helps you in the planning stage and during your production & post-production work. Assemble all or most of the pieces and give them names. The name ‘Rush’ is taken from film – the rushes to be edited from each day’s shoot, and viewing these rushes.



From → 2D Animation

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