R081 - Pre-production Skills - exam unit
Storyboard Key Learning slides - slides to tell you everything you need to know
The Key Learning slides can be used to answer the questions:
Storyboard Questions - just the questions
Storyboard Workbook - the same questions with spaces for answers
Storyboard Knowledge Summary - a printable sheet which summarises the key learning from the slides
An example storyboard might help:
Example Storyboard - for an interview about a kayaking event for a news report
There's a video to show you how to make this:
There are other videos linked at the bottom of the page.
There are two quizzes you can try to test your understanding:
Key Jobs and Camera Shots
Storyboards are most often used for video or film products.
It's useful to know some of the key jobs to do with video production. This can come up in the exam.
Key Jobs Slides - tell you the key points
Key Jobs Questions - use the slides to answer these
Camera shots also come up on the exam from time to time. There are some things you need to know about these.
Camera Shots Slides - tell you the key points
Camera Shots Questions - use the slides to answer these
You can find exam questions about storyboards on the exam questions page. There's a link to the answers for the questions about jobs and camera shots as well.
It's important to think about the notes that would need to be added to these storyboards in order to make these helpful for a commercial video shoot or animation.
A really good video from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image about how storyboards are used. Short (2:10) and well worth watching:
Some other YouTube videos you might find helpful:
- Tomorrows Filmmakers: storyboarding - longer (13:52), but the first four minutes are certainly worth watching
- Using a Track and Dolly - this shows you how one works and how complex the set up is (4:42)
- Tomorrows Filmmakers: types of shot - 10:50 long
- How to shoot interviews - quite a nice video which covers a range of camera shots and methods, including the use of sound (8:28)
There are plenty of storyboard templates available on the web. Exam storyboards always use the same template:
Blank exam style storyboard - for printing
The exam board produces one that you could use in a portfolio if you needed to: