Storyboards in animation – do you need them? At a glance, the answer is NO!
But you have to be a special type of person to make anything work without a storyboard. This is especially true when you consider that animation storyboards aren’t just for your animation team. In many ways, a good storyboard affects every stage of the production process.
To start with, a good storyboard is essential for pitching.
So, What Are Animation Storyboards Good for Really?
Video production is a long process, so anything you can do to make that process more efficient is good. Enter storyboards. Live-action & animation storyboarding will give you a clear view of the entire process from location to acting cues.
Storyboards will also tell your investors what kinds of expenses to expect (what sets will be built, the stunts performed, etc…). For large animations and films, being transparent with this kind of information is essential for securing funding.
Hitting Your Pitch Out of the Park
Like your artists, your financers and your non-creative team members must be able to easily visualize what you plan to do during the storytelling process. For marketing companies like us, that means that our storyboards help us maintain transparency with you.
Your animators won’t ever be able to draw if you never land the gig and our animators shouldn’t be drawing unless you’re happy.
So, you should always be prepping your storyboard near the beginning of your planning process.
Pre Production Without an Animation Storyboard Is Chaos
Successfully creating a product is 50% planning and 50% execution. Well… maybe 70-30.
Storyboards help your director and producer decide how they want to allocate the team’s resources. A good storyboard will point out areas that will require more detailed work and areas that won’t. This kind of information is invaluable for increasing the efficiency of the production process.
The more you plan, the better off you’ll be. In fact, if you’re looking to brush up on your pre-production skills we offer a Masterclass that might be perfect for you!
Animation Storyboarding Is Good for Organization
If we had a penny for every time a project was given to a new animator, writer, or producer, who then got lost – we’d probably have a dollar… but our point stands. In fact, you can look at some of the storyboards we’ve made for exactly this purpose by heading to our website.
That’s why organization throughout the process is essential. Two animators can have two completely different interpretations of the same scene – the same for writers and directors. If you and your team create a storyboard at the beginning of your project, then, when a handoff does happen in the future, all you have to do is pass on the storyboard and some basic guidance.
Sometimes, storyboarding is even the preferred method of scripting for directors. Take Mad Max: Fury Road, for example. Fury Road is a film that relies heavily on visuals, so the primary scripting method was storyboarding – allowing the director to better communicate his vision.
In this case, a storyboard keeps everything together and cohesive – preventing your project from turning out like a Frankenstein. Peanut butter and jelly; storyboards and video. You get the idea.
So, We Ask Again, Are Storyboards for Animation Necessary for a Good Video?
The real answer, once we’ve looked at all of the steps in the production process is a resounding YES.
Some directors or producers may be able to get away with not storyboarding, but most teams will need them in order to survive and to thrive. So, buckle up because storyboards in animation and live-action are here to stay.
If you’d like to hear more about the storyboarding process, reach out to us. We’d love to talk with you!