How to Make a Storyboard. Making a storyboard
before shooting a movie is like drawing a blueprint before grabbing a hammer and nails.
Do it well, and make sure your film is structurally sound. You will need Several loose sheets
of blank 11-by-17-inch paper A pencil A ruler And a shooting script and computer with layout
program. Step 1. Pick an aspect ratio for shooting. The aspect ratio is the physical
proportion of the image you’re capturing, measured horizontally then vertically. Most
television is 4:3 and film is typically 16:9. Step 2. Multiply the dimensions of your aspect
ratio by a ¼ inch. Step 3. With a pencil and a ruler, draw out boxes, called frames,
on 11-by-17-inch paper. They should match the dimensions from Step 2, and there should
be at least four frames on each sheet of paper with a fair amount of space under each for
script, directions, and notes. You can also draw these boxes using a computer layout program.
Step 4. Reproduce as many storyboard sheets as you will need for your project. Step 5.
Using your script as a guide, start drawing. Use one frame for every cut, or in animation,
one frame per specific gesture or motion. Add notes for scenes that require extra attention,
such as pans, tilts, crane movements, or zooms. Step 6. Draw key scenes first on separate
sheets, making it easier to rearrange them. Step 7. Continuously check your script. Rearrange
parts of the storyboard as you go if you need to make edits. Step 8. Use your completed
storyboard to show people how you envision your script coming to life. Did you know The
storyboarding process was first developed by the Walt Disney Studios in the early 1930s.