I have just completed a storyboard for a title sequence for Twintronic. Twintronic is a kids cartoon I have been developing to pitch when I think the concept is mature enough. I’ll forgo the elevator pitch here. These boards are for a back story type of title sequence, the kind that introduces the characters, setting and concept to prime the audience for watching the show. Also these boards contain much more detailed notes than usual.
Storyboards are an intermediate form of story telling. They are used as an iterative device to start shaping the direction of the show. They are a transitory form of storytelling with definite conventions about what aspects of the story should and shouldn’t be included. Usually you add visual direction, camera moves, actions, dialogue and so on. Sound and pacing and structural notes are not usually added, but I put them on this project because I am boarding for myself and I wanted that information to be on this document.
There is a real difference in what information is added to boards drawn by an artist who is also a writer or director than those drawn by an artist whose role is just story artist. I just cannot resist adding notes about pacing, story points, character dynamics and all sorts of stuff when I am creating boards for my own projects.
You could say it is ill disciplined I suppose. A script should tell the story and eschew camera notation. A storyboard should block in the action and visual storytelling and leave it at that. But, wild eyed maverick that I am, I think these things should be flexible and decided on a project to project basis. If that’s all you need, that’s all you should do. However I like to get all my creative thoughts down as I move through the story’s creation phase. If a really good audio gag seems right I like to capture it then and there, not wait till later when I’m doing a sound breakdown and probably forget it. If there is a rhythmic point I want to make I like to get it down on paper so I can think about something else. The story seems to come alive under my hand better this way and the experience is very creatively liberating.
Boarding like this isn’t a must, but being flexible enough to suit the level of detail to the project is I think. Boards only exist to help the creative crew put the film together and every crew and every creative need something different. It’s fun to be able to give them the storyboards they need.
This storyboard is available for download from Scribd here.