Now Boarding! Planning Your Moving Story: The Art of Storyboarding

Isaac Ramos, Animator. Artist. Husband. Teacher.

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
11 Lessons (1h 43m)
    • 1. Now Boarding! (Welcome to Storyboarding)

    • 2. What's a Storyboard?

    • 3. But How Does It Work? (Ex. No. 1)

    • 4. It Moved Me! (Camera Moves)

    • 5. What's Your Angle? (Camera Planning)

    • 6. Just Lay It Out (Scene Planning)

    • 7. Get Some Perspective (Perspective Drawing)

    • 8. That's Deep, Man (Using Depth)

    • 9. Making A Scene (Ex. No. 2)

    • 10. Books, Books, BOOKS!

    • 11. Big Thanks!


Project Description

The first step to getting into this project is to choose a story you loved reading.  If you own the book, awesome.  If you need to go to the library, that’s also a great option.  If you would like some suggestions, I will provide some below.  eBooks are great ways to stay in the comfort of your own home and get to work right away!

Second, choose a section of your book (no more than 2-3 pages!) that really has a lot of imagery that you can interpret.  Visual language is really key to helping make your visual version that much better. “Bob went to the store” could be interpreted a billion ways and doesn’t really allow for a way to really show what the author wants to communicate. “Bob yet again underwent the arduous task of trudging to the filthy, crowded, and over-priced supermarket up the road,” however, is much more descriptive and can help you really make something awesome!  (If you don't like this option, look below for prompts!)

Third, get to sketching. Use the thumbnail page to rough out some angles, perspectives, and other visual ideas to get a feel for what looks the best without using a ton of time on the high-detail two-panel pages.  We need lots of ideas quick!

Fourth, make something awesome and post it here for others to see and be inspired by YOUR awesomeness.

Suggested Books/Passages:

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer (pgs 127-128)

The Last Kids on Earth (pgs 38-39)

Storyboarding Prompts:

"The cop bought a donut."

"Jimmy went swimming with the fish(es)."

"Dawn had a tough time with the news."

"Harry had it coming."

"Jim found his long lost lucky sock."

Challenge Yourself!

Try the prompts above with a twist.  Take your shot at making a humorous prompt scary, suspenseful, or dramatic.  Make a dramatic one humorous.  Have fun and try the "feelings" below.

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • Horror
  • Action
  • Romance

See if you can capture the feelings these genres give with your shots!

Student Projects