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Storyboards and pre-visualization techniques are outstanding tools for helping you, the director, share your vision with the cast and crew.  Additionally, by pre-vising a sequence, the crew can more effectively schedule and budget the shoot.

In this module, you will learn how to work with a storyboard artist, use pre-visualization software, know how detailed storyboards should be, creative restrictions to be aware of, how to create storyboards even if you can't draw, and when to use animatics.
So help your cast and crew get inside your head by effectively building your scene on paper first, and doing it right.


  • 31:02 video walking you through storyboard and pre-vid techniques
  • Illustrated companion guide
  • Various blanks storyboard templates
  • Storyboards from Randal Kleiser's "It's My Life"
  • Storyboards from the opening scene of an episode of "Castle"


  • What are storyboards
  • How to work with a storyboard artist
  • How to draw effective storyboards
  • How to use pre-visualization software
  • When to use animatics
  • How animatics and storyboards can be used in the editing room
Very detailed. Excellent for homework assignments to let students watch at home.
   -  Daniel Levin,
       University of Houston