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Storyboarding is a visual planning technique used in various industries such as film, animation, advertising, and video game development. It involves creating a sequence of illustrations or images that represent the key moments or events of a story or concept.

Storyboarding allows creators to visualize their ideas and convey them to others in a clear and concise way. The storyboard typically includes sketches or images of the characters, scenes, and actions, accompanied by brief descriptions of the corresponding dialogue or action.

Storyboards are similar to scenarios: They illustrate the interaction required to achieve a goal. But instead of using a list of steps, a storyboard visualises the interaction similar to a comic strip.

In film and animation, storyboards serve as a blueprint for the final product, helping to plan the shots, camera angles, and transitions. In advertising and marketing, storyboards are used to plan and present ideas for commercials or other campaigns.

For Agile projects, storyboarding is a technique that can be used to plan and communicate the project’s features, requirements, and user stories in a visual format. The goal of storyboarding in Agile is to create a shared understanding of the project among team members, stakeholders, and customers, and to help identify and prioritize the most important features and tasks.

The storyboard above describes how the persona Mary books several employees on the same training course. The board consists of a series of frames. Each frame shows sample data. Underneath it,a brief description of what Mary does at each step.

An Agile storyboard can be a physical board with sticky notes and sketches, or it can be a digital format, such as a tool or software. By creating a visual representation of the project’s features and requirements, the team can better understand the project’s scope, identify potential issues, and make informed decisions about project priorities and timelines.

Types of Story Boards

Passive, active, and interactive storyboards are different types of storyboards used in various industries such as film, animation, advertising, and video game development.

Passive storyboards: Passive storyboards are a series of static images or sketches that depict the key moments or events of a story or concept.

Interactive storyboards: Interactive storyboards are a more advanced type of storyboard that allows the viewer to interact with the content. They are often used in video game development or interactive media projects, where the user can control the flow of the story or concept.

Active storyboards: Active storyboards are similar to passive storyboards, but they include more detail and can be animated or presented as a slideshow. Active storyboards are useful for planning the timing and pacing of a project, as well as for demonstrating the flow of a story or concept

Overall, storyboarding is an essential tool for any creative project that involves visual storytelling, as it helps to organize and communicate ideas, identify potential issues, and ensure that the final product meets the intended vision.

Further Reading

Storyboards by Pichler Consulting

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