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What are storyboards for? Storyboards are essential for animators because they form the bare bones of the whole film from beginning to end. If this is not planned at the start, the animator, or whole production team risk losing hours, weeks or months of work and a lot of money if they produce scenes they don’t eventually need, as animation can be a very long process. Live action film is much quicker to make than animation, so storyboards are not so important there, although actors can get angry if experimental scenes are cut!
So a storyboard is a series of sketchy drawings, which show how the film is planned out. They are often literally pinned to a board where they can be seen and discussed at an early stage in the production. Apparently, there are rooms with walls that are lined with cork, like a continuous
pin-board at the Disney studios at Burbank, California, so that hundreds of drawings can be pinned up when a new cartoon film is being planned. The drawings are usually quite sketchy, and continually altered until they seem right.
Another good reason for making them is that often ideas for films need to be shown to other people who might be helping with the production (sponsors, animators, tracers and musicians etc) and this is an easy way for them to get a good idea of what is happening. Otherwise, it could be very difficult to explain.
Storyboards are tools that contain very important information for the production team or individual animator such as script, sound effects, special effects and what the camera is doing. By looking at the storyboard it then becomes easier for everybody to work out what’s happening in between each picture, right the way through each film.
Illustration: Sample sheet of a storyboard prepared for the recently made Maisy (mouse) series made for channel 3 by the King Rollo film studios in nearby Honiton, Devon.
Animated Exeter is an Exeter City Council initiative realised through collaboration with our partners, funders, and sponsors and we would particularly like to thank South West Screen, Arts Council South West, City Screen, Devon Curriculum Services, East Devon District Council, participating venues, local businesses, animation companies, artists and volunteers for their continued support.