December 6, 2016 Kevin De Lucia

Importance of a Storyboard in Animation

Learn why creating a storyboard will save you time

Creating a storyboard is key to establishing well thought out animation. Storyboarding is a very important step in setting the tone for telling a story. Storyboards can help express thoughts, ideas, and direction visually to create the story you are trying to tell. Jumping straight into animation with no foundation or groundwork can cause problems down the road. In doing so, an animator will be less likely to work quickly and efficiently. Eventually, this can cause him or her to have to backtrack to rework an idea—resulting in wasted time and energy. However, storyboards can also allow you the freedom to work spontaneously, whether client or animator.

In the frames below you can see the thoughts and directions that go into the storyboard process. For this infographic video, I’ve shown how we decide on camera moves, staging, transitions and even the illustrations chosen to represent an idea. In addition, storyboards can also be used in the next step in the animation process, the Animatic. Animatics are great for establishing rough timing and tone without going through full animation. No animator wants to go through the tedious process of animating an entire story only to have to go back to step one to change an illustration or move scenes around. You can see the finished infographic animation by clicking here

This is the initial storyboard for the Public Sector animation for Tribridge. In it, you can see the camera moves and illustrations that eventually went into the final animation.

This is the initial storyboard for the Public Sector animation for Tribridge. In it, you can see the camera moves and illustrations that eventually went into the final animation.

Remember: work smarter, not harder.

For more info on animatics, be sure to check out our blog post on Animatics for Production. As you can see, storyboards are a pivotal step in the animation process. They provide a map from beginning to end. They help animators and production teams tell a complete story, While working quickly and efficiently. Finally, storyboards are a great first step for all members of a team.

Whether video production or animation, storyboards help keep everyone on the same page.

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