1. What is a Storyboard

First things first! Storyboards are a series of thumbnail images that act as a planning document for your overall animation project.

Each thumbnail image is part of what is known as a shot. The storyboard shots themselves can have a variety of different information including:

  • the scene and shot number

  • shot descriptions

  • voice-over

  • sound effects

  • and most importantly: the thumbnail

Shot description language can include a variety of information from explaining what assets will appear and the composition of the frame, to the point of view and the transition style.


Shots are strung together to create scenes, which in turn create a whole animation.


A storyboard isn’t meant to be a completed masterpiece. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it simply has to communicate a concept!

Ess Joelle Okemow