What do you think is the most important part in creating a video for your class? Is it the lighting? The audio? The type of camera to use? Well, it’s none of those things. Before you even worry about any of those items, you need to be prepared to actually make the recording. Most importantly, you need to have a plan. What do you want in the video? What sort of scenes would you like to demonstrate? The answer to these questions is storyboarding. You need to storyboard out everything you plan to do, to save time and headaches later on.
Let me take a step back and explain what storyboarding is, just in case you may not know. Basically, it is a series of drawings, with directions (camera angles, etc.) that represent the shots planned for a video. You don’t have to be an artist to draw out your plans. I am not, and I get by. I usually draw up stick figures, or rudimentary shapes to get my point across. The storyboard is your map, giving you directions to your end result.
If you want to make a successful video, storyboarding should be your first step. There are plenty of online sources for storyboard templates, in a variety of formats and file types, so go out and hunt them down. Just use the search string “storyboard template” to locate one that will work for you.
Instructional Media Design Specialist
Center for Academic & Professional Excellence