Creating Video

You are here : HomeCreating AnimationsDesign an Animation

Fact File2.17 Storyboards


Just as with film and video storyboards, animation storyboards illustrate how the designer visualises each scene and interprets the narrative and action. They are a valuable guide during the design process. The storyboard can also be used to 'pitch' or sell an animation project to a client.

Your storyboard should specify what is happening in each key frame. Use the whole frame and don't just keep your character in the centre. Sketch out different angles, viewpoints and perspectives that could add visual interest to your storyline or concept.

A storyboard may also contain arrows or written instructions to show direction or movement and might indicate timing, effects and transitions between frames as well as any text to be included for titles, credits, comment or subtitling. In the case of multimedia Flash animation, the storyboard could also show video or sound that was to be included and any interactive elements.

Your storyboard could be a sequence of simple thumbnail sketches to explain the narrative or storyline. It may take the form of a grid or a series of separate key frame cards.


Look at these different approaches to storyboarding. Which do you think you could adapt to fit your own

You can also download free storyboarding software called Storyboard Pro from Atomic Learning at:

Previous PageMain Site Indexsection indexNext page