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Storyboarding 101:

A guide to basic storyboards

and pre-production

Like many other creative projects, creating multimedia begins with

brainstorming. After a brainstorming session for a multimedia project, ideas

can then be transferred to a storyboard that helps conceptualize, articulate, or

clarify concepts in a visual format. Though there are professionals who make

their living as storyboard artists (in the film industry, for example) you do not

have to be an artist to put your thoughts into illustrations.

Essentially, storyboarding is the translating of concepts into a series of images

that helps to communicate the visual potential of a project. The storyboard

can help you think about how your project will look when it is complete, and

will you help identify the various components the multimedia project will

need to have in place before production begins. The storyboard is then used to

drive the production of the final product.

Storyboards generally go through a series of development stages. Just as a

research paper may progress from an outline, to a rough draft, to a final draft,

a storyboard can also go through a number of evolutions before the idea is

completely developed.

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Many times, a

storyboard simply

begins with rough

sketches on a piece

of notebook paper.

begins with rough sketches on a piece of notebook paper. As a project is continually discussed,
begins with rough sketches on a piece of notebook paper. As a project is continually discussed,

As a project is continually discussed, the storyboard is re-worked and drawn out again.

Ultimately, the storyboard transcends into its final form a clearly laid-out blueprint that

will guide the development of the final product.

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Compare this final product of the Professional Counselor Scholar Practitioner Model schematic to the first

Compare this final product of the

Professional Counselor Scholar

Practitioner Model schematic to the

first storyboard on the previous

page.

While the final product does

look similar to what was originally

laid out in the storyboard, as you can

see, the completed project does not

have to perfectly match the

storyboard.

.

project does not have to perfectly match the storyboard. . Reflect back on your course in

Reflect back on your course in Advanced Instructional Design and the multimedia piece entitled:

Instructional Design:

ADDIE Model. Prior to this course, you may not have guessed that this multimedia piece

began from a series of storyboards, including this hand-drawn sketch.

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Even though the sketch is rough, the storyboard is very similar to the completed

multimedia piece you used in the

course.

to the completed multimedia piece you used in the course. One of the main advantages of

One of the main advantages of storyboarding when developing multimedia is that it saves

time. When you are working out ideas and concepts on storyboards rather than

developing the content in a software program, you can change ideas easily, transform

graphics, and switch around information. When the same content is developed directly

using the multimedia software, it can

often take more time to make changes

than it does on the storyboard.

As you begin to use the storyboard

process more and more, you will begin

to see how smoothly something can

develop and how easily your ideas come

together. This is evident in the following

your ideas come together. This is evident in the following series of storyboards. Notice the progression

series of storyboards. Notice the progression of ideas, detail and content:

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One of the main advantages of storyboarding when developing multimedia is that it saves

time. When you are working out ideas and concepts on storyboards rather than

developing the content directly in a particular software program, such as Adobe

Dreamweaver or Adobe Flash, you can more easily change ideas, transform graphics, and

switch around information. When the same content is developed directly in the

multimedia software, it can often take more time to make changes than it does on the

storyboard.

Additional information on the process of storyboarding, its benefits, and

additional examples can be found in the following external web resources:

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