Your animated film starts with a plan. Your storyboards are essential to that plan and the successful outcome of your animation.
The Art of Storyboarding
Storyboarding is a sequence of drawings, typically with some directions and dialogue, representing the shots planned for a movie or television production or animation. Proper storyboarding is important in order to plan for proper staging and order of your action in your animation. Storyboarding actually saves time! You don't want to animate something that isn't important to your story - storyboarding allows you to test for what is important and remove what isn't.
Review the YouTube video below on storyboarding. Listen to your instructors seminar on storyboards. The storyboard notes can be seen here.
Start by creating really rough thumbnail images of your idea. Go back over your thumbnails - do they convey your concept in an interesting and creative fashion? Are there shots that you could eliminate or combine to save time?
Sketch out your final draft of your storyboards. Include important information like camera movement, sound, and on screen action. Test your storyboards on a friend - can she/he understand your story based on what is shown in the boards?
Create a digital copy of your final boards and submit them to the digital hand in folder.