Kev Lavery
Training & Liaison Officer

Storyboard template

Digital Asset Published 1/18/15 Last updated on 6/21/18

This is a storyboard template I use for the planning of any visual project - videos, animations, photography, flash projects, etc. It is adapted from classic storyboard templates to include the rule of thirds. I have found that this results in students naturally following the 'rule of thirds' when composing their shots even if this hasn't been explicitly covered. Also, I often tell my students, as a good rule of thumb, to storyboard about 20 to 30 shots per minute of film. Overall this generally results in better composition overall and a more engaging end product.

I have included links to Mike Browne's introduction to the Rule of Thirds, Brett Lamb's shot type examples, and a South Australian tourism advert that employs these concepts quite beautifully.

Mike Browne

Brett Lamb

Barossa. Be Consumed

A good introductory exercise would be to attempt to storyboard shots from the advertisement.

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Kaarn Egge

Posted on 6/21/18 2:56:16 AM Permalink

​Thanks for your template.

Majo Mora

Posted on 6/20/18 9:08:25 AM Permalink

​Thank you for the resources.

The Barossa video is not available, can you please check it out?

Aziz Soubai

Posted on 6/20/18 1:03:42 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing your resources

rasaya marimuthu

Posted on 6/19/18 3:04:59 PM Permalink

Now, I understand the functions of a storyboard and why they are important. Thanks, Dan (in the video)

... and thanks for the template, Kev

Dickson U

Posted on 6/19/18 2:36:15 PM Permalink

Marion Wood

Posted on 6/19/18 1:50:54 PM Permalink

​Thanks for the template.

Macharia Samuel

Posted on 6/19/18 1:24:36 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing Kev

Dickson U

Posted on 6/19/18 12:43:26 PM Permalink

​Thanks very much for sharing. Its a great guide.

Renee' Smith

Posted on 6/18/18 11:50:09 PM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing!

Patty Hernandez

Posted on 6/18/18 5:16:23 PM Permalink

Thank you for sharing. Great for my students ​

Jeff O'Brien

Posted on 6/18/18 3:10:07 PM Permalink

​I'm always looking for great storyboard templates. Thank you.

Katie Morgan

Posted on 2/18/18 10:52:22 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing its a useful storyboard template!​

Dr. Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 8/18/17 12:05:19 PM Permalink

Its very helpful template to use for the planning of any visual project

I well encourage my student to use it

Thank you for sharing

Mary-Elizabeth O'Toole

Posted on 4/14/16 1:31:02 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing this. Definitely a time saver.

giovanna iannicelli

Posted on 3/21/16 10:12:18 AM Permalink

great resource

Ms Lynn Cobbs

Posted on 11/12/15 5:08:15 AM Permalink

Kev, this is a wonderful tool. The layout helps in planning and creative process for those needing a little boost in getting started.

Vivian Jones

Posted on 11/6/15 4:34:34 PM Permalink

very good

Bethany Dutton

Posted on 8/11/15 10:37:08 AM Permalink

This is a great storyboard resource thanks for the share can't wait to use it

Craig Gundlach

Posted on 6/21/15 12:44:56 AM Permalink

Thanks for putting this together. I was just thinking of making something like this.

Craig Gundlach

Posted on 6/21/15 12:44:29 AM Permalink

Kim Britton

Posted on 4/8/15 2:39:14 PM Permalink

This is great! Thanks!

Paul Callaghan

Posted on 2/26/15 11:06:33 AM Permalink

Thanks heaps for the awesome resource. I used to use blank slide notes from PowerPoint. This is a much better scaffold for storyboarding.

Imani Cheers

Posted on 1/24/15 9:31:57 PM Permalink


David Conover

Posted on 1/23/15 3:37:15 PM Permalink

I plan to use this in my video game class. Thanks for putting this together.