This video gives brief introduction of the similarities and differences between storyboarding and panel layouts in comic books and graphic novels.
- [Instructor] So what is a storyboard anyway?…Storyboarding is the process of sketching out…or illustrating the visual sequence of events…that will at some point be filmed or animated…for a movie or TV show.…This is done usually either in conjunction…with the scripting or immediately following it.…Some movies, like Mad Max: Fury Road,…were actually written after the storyboards were drawn.…Since the film was heavier on its action and visuals…than it was on the dialog, it just made sense…to plan it out based on its visual beats.…The general idea behind storytelling…is to get the ideas, camera angles,…and pacing of the film broken down on paper…rather than just winging it on set the day of…with the entire cast and crew on the clock.…
It's extremely helpful for the director…to have the storyboards in place prior to filming,…to plan for sets, lighting, stunts, et cetera.…Obviously, in a comic book, stunts are free…and sets can be built or broken down…as quickly as you can draw or erase them,…but the thought process of planning that goes…
Before you can start drawing your comic, you need to know the basics of shot composition and camera angles, and why they're crucial to successfully telling your story on the page. Ben talks about the rule of thirds, wide shots, full shots, medium shots, close-ups, and more. He also demonstrates the importance of following the action in the same direction throughout any given scene. Storyboarding may not always be associated with comics, but the same rules apply. Knowing and understanding these concepts can strengthen your work.
- Storyboarding for film vs. comics
- Understanding aspect ratio
- What is the rule of thirds?
- The types of camera shots within illustrated comic panels
- Zooming and panning in a still image
- The movements of the camera in comics within a scene
- Character placement
- Moving characters through a scene