Game Production: What Skills Do You Need For Storyboards
September 23, 2013
•Game Design and Production, IADT General
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How are your drawing skills?
Depending on your skill level, you might be wary about making storyboards for you class. But don’t be intimidated. Storyboarding is a great way to brainstorm, outline and present your gameplay ideas. Even if you can’t sketch well, you should get your ideas down on paper.
Drawing isn’t the most important skill when it comes to storyboarding. There are other skills that are more important – and you can find them outlined here. Read these tips and tips for developing and presenting your storyboards:
The most important ability you need for storyboarding is, surprisingly, speaking skills.
As you might have read in “3 Steps for Creating a Storyboard,” the final stage of creating a storyboard is presenting. You must be able to clearly articulate your ideas to a group of people. Whether you’re presenting a project to your instructor and peers or to design and production teams after you’ve completed your degree program, it is an important skill to have.
Public speaking can be intimating, especially when you are being graded. When you are presenting your storyboard, keep these tips in mind:
- Decide what you want to say about your project beforehand
- Practice describing the storyboard and the scenes
- Make sure your descriptions are clear
- Practice projecting so everyone can hear and understand what you’re saying
Practicing what you intend to say can give you a good idea of what makes sense in your storyboard and what doesn’t. It will also insure that you do not speak too quickly or too quietly.
If you are worried about your speaking skills, you can try practicing in front of a mirror or in front of friends. Let them ask you questions, so you can practice providing more information for clarity.
Most storyboards have a short description that accompanies each panel. These descriptions must be succinct. They must clearly articulate what is going in the scene and how it contributes to the rest of the game.
Therefore, it is also important for you to have good writing skills.
You might have realized the importance of these skills when you were constructing your game design document. They are even more important here because you have to take a long document and condense it into a few short, descriptive sentences.
Storyboards do include sketches of levels, the end goal and even the characters. So it’s true that drawing skills are important for creating a storyboard.
But you do not have to be a trained artist to create a storyboard. In fact, the boards are often very rough sketches. As noted in “Storyboarding: What is it and Why is it Important,” the frames are meant to be rough. Your artwork can be simple – even messy.
You must remember that the storyboard is for articulating and sharing your ideas with a larger team. It’s more about brainstorming than anything else. The design comes later, when these teams have accepted your idea. So be confident when you put your storyboards together.
Interested in creating storyboards? Learn how to develop the necessary skillset when you enroll in Game Production courses at IADT.