Digital Video Production
What is a quick and easy way to learn how to make videos?
A storyboard visually tells the story of a video panel by panel, kind of like a comic book. Creating a storyboard ensures that you and your audience will understand your intent. After you have chosen your theme, this is the first step to understand what you are trying to communicate and what your intended message is.

You may not even know what you are going to video around your theme. Take about 10-15 minutes to do some planning, checking out what scenes you may video, and the order of the scenes.

Note: This storyboard is for this video workshop and does not have to be perfect. Don’t expect to go into real detail with your storyboard at this time. In fact, it is okay if you decide to skip this activity. Storyboarding is a great activity for a group of students when they plan a video.

Your storyboard will should convey some of the following information:

  • What charaters are in the frame, and how are they moving?
  • What are the characters saying to each other, if anything?
  • How much time has passed between the last frame of the storyboard and the current one?
  • Where is the "camera" in the scene? Close or far away? Is the camera moving?
Here is a fun example of sequential visualization and analysis with animators on the first Shrek movie [Source]

Download one of the following storyboards to use for your storyboard:

Blank Storyboard (gif) - includes audio, script, directions
Video Storyboard (pdf) - scenes with audio or directions


Middle school students in LAUSD use a program called ComicLife to design their storyboards.
Angela Gottshall's blog shares how her students take 5 different types of shots, use them in Comic Life, identify the shot in speech or thought bubble....(the self portait example was created by the ’green boy’ in the first comic using PicassoHead)