Whether you sketch it on a napkin or build an elaborate 3D animation in Maya, all (sane) directors will agree that some form of previsualization is a must before heading to the set. Storyboarding is one of the most accessible forms of previs, provided you can draw stick figures that have their arms and legs in the right place. (Although check out our previs series to discover how accessible modern 3D previsualization has become).
The RocketJump crew have done a great job of introducing the process of storyboarding, with some nice examples from major Hollywood blockbusters. Specifics of the process start around 1:30 into the video.
Storyboarding for non-artists
If you’re intimidated by a #2 pencil, Indy Mogul offers this video to reassure you that storyboarding is possible even for non-artists. Not as thorough as the RockJump vid above, but provides practical advice of exactly what information is essential to communicate in your storyboard frames.
Detailed script to storyboard breakdown
For an extensive breakdown example of performing the process on a script, check out this video by Design Cinema. (A cut sequence of the boards plays at 34 minutes).
Storyboarder (free app) Overivew and review
And if you’d rather be digital than pen and paper, check out this nice (a bit on the long side at 30 minutes, but an easy listen) review of the free Storyboarder software application.
Storyboard to screen: Kong vs Squid
Finally, here’s a nice collection of “Storyboard to Screen” videos from well-known features.