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factfile2.7 Storyboard template

Your storyboard is the most essential reference and guide for both the production (filming) and postproduction (editing) stages of making your video. The example storyboard is for guidance only to help you design your own storyboard by identifying the information you might need when planning your video. If you intend to use some or all found footage, use the production section to describe the clips you plan to import and use.

You should design your own storyboard for your video. It should answer the five key 'W' questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? There is no need to include every shot in the storyboard – you need to focus on the key frames that tell the story clearly.


Production (filming or planning found video clips)

  1. Shot order - This is the order in which you want to shoot the footage. It may not be sequential or chronological. Numbering the shots will help you at the editing stage when sequencing clips on the timeline. Tick the shot off when it has been recorded or downloaded to make sure nothing is missed out.
  2. Thumbnail - sketch what the camera operator should try to capture during shooting; in other words, the exact composition of what should be in the viewfinder. Even stick figures will help visualise just what you want. Include helpful information like camera angle or POV (point of view), type of shot e.g. CU (close up), XCU (extreme close up), LS (long shot) high angle, bird's eye etc (see the 'Video techniques' help sheet). Use arrows to indicate any movement e.g. a panning shot.
  3. Notes - use this column to state clearly whether the clip is to be filmed by you (primary sources) or imported from pre-existing sources (secondary sources). State the source e.g. the URL of any secondary sources here. You might want to make a note of any props you will need if you plan to film the scene yourself. You should also specify any dialogue or sound you want to capture when filming. Other audio including music tracks, voiceover or narration will be added at the editing stage and noted in the Post-production - Special effect/audio section.

Post-production (editing)

  1. Shot order - The shot order for the finished edit will probably be different from the shot order for
  2. Text – write down any titles, credits, overlays or subtitles that you want to appear with this shot or clip.
  3. Transition – at the editing stage make a note of any transitions you plan to use (Section 3 will teach you about transitions and other editing techniques).
  4. Special effect/audio – note down any special effect you want to use e.g. slow motion, black and white (you will learn about these in section 3), but use these rarely. You should also write down any audio you will add at the editing stage e.g. a voiceover or narration, a music sound-track, sound effects etc.

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