to Plan Your Video
Storyboards are a planning tool to help you outline and organize your video
scene by scene. Viewed in sequence, the storyboards become a road map for
Make copies of the storyboard form to use in creating storyboards for
video project. The following will help you fill in the boxes on the form.
• Cast Members and Wardrobe
List the cast members who will be needed in this scene and the character
each member will be portraying. Indicate any special wardrobe requirements.
List all the props that will be needed for the scene. Also indicate where the
props are to be located on the set.
Note what kind of lighting the scene requires. Do you want broad daylight or
the mysterious gloom of midnight? Also consider what lighting equipment will
Sketch the scene, showing what backgrounds and scenery will be included. Also
show where the cast members will be placed, and indicate where they will move
during the scene.
• Camera Directions
Describe the camera movements to be used in the scene, such as close-ups, long
shots, and panning. Match these movements to the action of the scene. Be sure
that all the members of the crew understand the terms used to describe camera
movements so that they can understand your storyboards.
• Script Notes
Jot down ideas for your script. Use these notes to develop your final script.