When making an animated educational video, a full-of-text script is not enough. You need a storyboard to visualize your script first. Storyboard saves you a lot of time in the production process: control all scenes, arrange frames, cut the unnecessariness, and more. This article will provide a guide to create an animation storyboard for an educational video for 2 purposes :
- Help you to create one if you make an animation educational video yourself.
- Help you to know what the animation studio is doing and track its performance (if you hire an animation studio).
If you are an instructional designer then storyboard must be a familiar term. The storyboards for animations are pretty much similar to those produced while designing a course. There you have the project title, the text, the audio and also the graphics. Basically, it is the visualized version of your script that includes everything the learners are going to see on screen with extra information for your team members to work it.
How to do animation storyboard for educational video
No need drawing skill to create storyboard. You can do it roughly with a pen and paper, or use various storyboarding tools to create a proper digital one.
1. Get yourself a template
You can google to find a huge source of animation storyboard templates. Generally, a storyboard has 2 parts:
- The boxes: the frames to draw animation’s scenes
- The captions: the zone below the boxes used for note-taking (effect, audio, music, etc.)
The F.Learning‘s below simple template is the basic and easy-to-use storyboard.
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2. Break down your script
Like a comic strip, break down the script into several parts and choose the most important scenes to fill in the boxes. With voice, music, effect and so on, note them down under different frames.
How many frames should you have? It all depends on your story but one minute of animation should contain 6-10 frames.
3. Start drawing your storyboard for edducational video
Should the storyboard go deep into the details with background and color? No, simple sketch is enough.
You don’t need to be too detailed in the visual design, leave it to production process. It is more important to let your team understand the story progression first. The stick figures with simple arrow navigations work as long as they illustrate the story clearly enough. Take a look at this example:
Another method is to use supporting tools like Storyboardthat. This tool offers pre-defined illustrations like characters and backgrounds for users.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The more complicated of the script is, the higher requirement of the storyboard needs. Do it yourself storyboard and storyboard tools only present basic storyline. For difficult subjects that contain abtract stuffs or unfriendly techniques, you should hire a professional animation studio to do storyboard for educational video.
For example, if you want to create an animated video explaining how a drone works, then it would result in a conversation describing the process. If you want to actually show learners how it flies, you need professionals. The below storyboard from F.Learning will answer you, this is our work for Aviassist:
4. Collect feedbacks
Now it’s time to seek feedbacks and approach new perspectives from different people. They will help you make sure that the animations bring better engagement and follow the learning objectives closely. The animations are not something just to entertain, they must have clear purposes as everything else in your course.
Here is the list of useful questions to collect helpful feedback: Is your storyboard easy to understand? Are abstract part visible? Does your storyboard deliver knowledge correctly?