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Free Storyboard Templates for Filmmaking Projects

Wether you are trying to share your vision with your crew or a client it is always best to storyboard your script out in an organized template.

There is really no better way to portray the details of your shots than through a storyboard. While there are other important steps to take in planning your shots and production day, like creating a shot list or a detailed script, we believe a storyboard definitely has it’s place.

There are a few different ways to utilize a storyboard.

What is a storyboard?

A lot of the time a storyboard will have most of the information a cinematographer would need to shoot a specific shot. You can tell a document is a storyboard by identifying the squares on the page, these squares will contain your vision for each specific shot. In some big budget features there is a whole team of people working to create the most insanely detailed and stunning drawings to fill their storyboards. These can help to inspire the whole filmmaking process from the very beginning. In smaller production projects you can use stock photos to portray the framing information for your Director of Photography (DP), Cinematographer, Gaffer or set designer. Or if you feel confident in your stick figure drawing skills you can create the stills yourself. There is also the option to hire a specialized storyboard artist for your project and depending on budget and scope you can get a really great artist to help you visualize your story. You can expect to pay anywhere from 30.00-100.00 an hour for your artist, you can choose to illustrate your story in color or black and white. Below are a few examples:

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In addition to these squares, storyboards often have important camera information like which lens to use, stabilization preferences, and a lighting diagram. Depending on the size and scope of your video project, a storyboard can be as simple as a collection of squares with scene numbers, or as advanced as a highly detailed diagram of the entire production layout. There are a few different templates out there, some more detailed than others. Below you can find a few places where you can get a free download of different storyboard templates if you want to create one on your own: 

Basic Thumbnail Template

Vertical Storyboard Template

2D or 3D Animation Template