Storyboard (SB)

Please refer to FOL for assignment weighting and due date.

Storyboard (SB)

Using the storyboard template provided above, select a short video clip (approximately 30 sec) from film, television, or an online source. You can use a digital drawing workflow or just print off the template and sketch with pen and ink. Be sure to pick something you can download, edit and pause easily. Please make sure you trim the clip down to show only the shots you are storyboarding. Watch your chosen clip and sketch one panel drawing for each shot you see in the scene until you have nine (9) different camera angles. (they don't have to be sequential) You must select a clip that has at least three different camera angles (wide, medium, close up etc.) Please use freehand drawing technique only: No tracing or 'photo-bashing' allowed. Featured principles: Posing (Solid Drawing), Staging, Appeal.

in class example - first pass in progress
What I'll be grading on this assignment:
  1. Are there 3 different camera angles shown?
  2. Do the drawings clearly show the character's position and screen direction?
  3. Is there sufficient drawn detail to show the environment?
  4. Are the different characters clearly identifiable?
  5. Do the drawn panels match the video reference?
Hand in will be as follows:

File will be named <Last>_<First>_SB.jpg
  (eg. Latour_David_SB.jpg and Latour_David_SB.mp4)

Original template resolution should be preserved (2969 x 2319)

The mp4 of your movie clip should be no larger than 1920x1080 and should only include the shots you are boarding.

If you want to use pen/pencil/paper and then scan or photograph your work, that's fine too. However, the final hand-in must be a digital image (jpeg) with the correct resolution along with a clip showing the shots you are storyboarding.


Basic Camera and Film Language and Story boarding

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Warm up sketching exercises in Photoshop (circles, grids and slicing pies)

Some basic camera language (camera shot types, vimeo tutorial)
Some fun GIFs with camera moves by Karen McGuinness at
Shot, Scene and Sequence (word, sentence, paragraph)
Every Frame a Painting (by Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou)

Play along DEMO: A bit of Maya Kung-Fu: placing camera, focal length

Play along DEMO: Sketching warm-up in Photoshop: advanced stick person and creature

In Class Demo: 9 shot panel homework (must include closeup, mid shot, wide shot)
Demo using Hot Fuzz from 0:10 to 0:45 (downloaded using
Other downloading workflows HERE

template from (