Most of our Children’s Picture Book Storyboards are BIG – on A2 Sheets 420 x 594 mm. This makes it easy to see standard 12 double page spreads in one quick glance at meetings with busy editors. Some storyboards are presented in book form to highlight any loss-effect of the gutter.
Simpler storyboards, drawn in outline (example above), are all that’s required for meetings where everybody knows the full production details.
Storyboards for film require more design as they include information on lighting, viewpoint, sound, cues and movement. The following storyboard for a TV series on the ‘History of Water Use’, was pitched by World of Water to the BBC and included all the above additions and also Character Design Charts for the series animation content.
Whatever sequences you need to present, from exhibitions and live shows to computer games and educational videos, storyboards set the scene and make a fast efficient focus for everyone.
When storyboarding a children’s book the first stage is to get inside the originator’s mindset by thinking through the final story draft. It has to be the final draft with a storybook so that the words and design fit as one. Sometimes we are asked to just produce illustrations leaving the design to the publishing house.
With a music vid. storyboard the imagery we visualise overlaps with sound so the fit is a timing one.
Cover designs can be an image repeat from inside a storybook but as they have a distinct function to sell the title, they are often produced as one offs along with point of sale images.
Stories arrives by email in plain text format showing page breaks so we know which paragraphs appear on each page and any specific design requests. The final draft comes from a publishing house editor, a book packager or sometimes an author.
The first step is for us to send back a simple thumbnail storyboard. Changes around this thumbnail stage continue until the full team are happy to press on.
Each thumbnail is developed to produce a sketch storyboard and here’s an example of one produced by artist Peter Scott M.A. for the story Arthur the Artist.
The story, ‘Arthur the Artist’ is copyright of one of our clients, Andrew Segal, of Village Folk Books, author of: