TV storyboard is a vital part of the pre-production process, whether you’re making a hit film at Pixar or a snappy spot for an advertising agency. eam Raptivity recently hosted a successful webinar on ‘The Art of Story boarding’ by Desiree Pinder – Executive Director as well as Founder of Artisan E-Learning. Desiree answered some fundamental questions on story boarding, through this webinar, such as: what is a story board, why create one, and how to build and show content in a story board.

Here are some key take aways from the session:

· Storyboard is crucial when working with others to create an eLearning course e.g. Subject Matter Experts (SME), Graphic Designers, or programmers.

· Story boarding saves time and money as it’s easier to make early changes to a story board rather than to the actual course.

· A high level storyboard gives the overall vision of the course to your team.

· Microsoft Word is the easiest but least visual tool to create a storyboard. Use it when you are mostly going to include text in your story board. Use Microsoft Power Point if you want your story board to be visual.

· Create a story board directly in an eLearning or authoring tool for short courses and technical topics that need animations. But do it only if you know the tool very well and are the SME.

· The most important aspect of story boarding is what goes in the story board, i.e. page numbers, text, audio, video, graphics or media, and programming instructions.

· Automating common functions can be a time-saver e.g. setting up macros and using the Auto Correct option from Word.

· Use style guides for standardizing language, formatting, style, and design of your story board as well the course. Here is one such style guide for your reference.

· Set up a proofing process and always have someone else proof read your story board.

· Most importantly, keep your story board succinct and it must map to what your learners are supposed to be learning or doing after the course.

Here is a sample storyboard template shared by Desiree.

Did you miss the webinar? No worries! You can watch the webinar recording here and have a look at the webinar presentation here.