Storyboarding

May 31, 2018

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”― Earl Nightingale

Have any creative ideas that seem too overwhelming to get started? Have cool projects and mind but can't think of accessible resources? 

Storyboarding is a method of making intangible concepts in our minds tangible by mapping them out visually on a board. Though storyboarding is no well-hidden secret, it has really come in handy for me in the past, so I figured I would walk you through my method of getting through creative ruts with a relevant example:

I am working with a talented videographer on a music video right now (shameless plug on an impending new release), and we have big ideas for this one. We want to push ourselves creatively with little to no budget and really tell a story, not just lip syncing to an already created track. But great creations don't happen over night (unless of course, they do), most require a large amount of planning and that can be overwhelming to the best of us!

Here are the steps I take to make it more manageable (and fun)! 
 

1) Start by writing out all your ideas out on paper, stream of consciousness style- even the most wild ones that seem stupid or impractical, because those can sometimes be the most brilliant upon reflection- for 1-5 minutes as fast as you can, uninterrupted. 


2) Circle your favorites. Circle ideas that go together as well. At this point, you are creating possible directions for yourself and your creative ideas will really start to open up towards that goal. 

3) Pick out the finer details. Once you've decided on a promising direction, make a step  by step process of how you will accomplish those things. What does it look like? What props/supplies do you need? Who is involved? What is your budget? 

4) Make it visual. This is where the storyboard comes in.  I have a hard time, personally, trying to do anything that I can't see first. If I were storyboarding ideas for a music video, I would need to have a rough idea of what to do scene by scene. Stick figure drawings (for spatial planning) work really well, and tons of labels. If you're not an artist and/or don't want to spend your creative energy making detailed graphics of your next creative expedition, then labels are your friends! If I want a background with a bush, I will write out "bush" and have an arrow pointing to where that should go/ how much space it should take up. 

Thank you for reading, I hope this helped! But if not and you really only came for the dad joke, click the video attached..

 

- Brittany, xo

 

 


 

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