Let me start off by answering this question.
The simple answer is no, you don’t need to script and storyboard for your videos.
However, arguments could be made to help you see the importance of it, thus making it seem like the two are necessary.
And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
I’m going to explain the importance of the two and hopefully make you feel like scripting and storyboarding are absolutely necessary for almost all of your videos.
They could be a very important piece to the puzzle that makes up your video in the long run.
Why Script and Storyboard?
Both of these aspects are different.
Let’s get that out of the way now.
They can sometimes be confused for each other but both are separate. Although they both have to do with your videos.
When you’re about to make a video, you want to do everything you can before you start filming to make the actual filming go as smoothly as possible.
You don’t want to always be filming for a few minutes, stop, film for a few more minutes, stop again, and continue this the entire time.
If you can get through as much of your video as possible without having to stop then everything is just going to seem much easier.
You won’t need to stress about what to say or what shot you’re going to need next because you already have that planned out.
Simply put, scripting is writing down everything you’re going to say in your videos.
It’s a process that could take a bit of time but it’s also something that could help save you time in the long run.
You’re going to know exactly what you need to say.
It’s going to be very difficult to wing it for your entire video.
Very rarely are you going to be able to talk your way through an entire video without having anything planned for it, especially when you’re just beginning making videos.
There may come a time when you’re getting really good at making your videos and you can just freestyle the entire video. All you need is your topic and you can go from there.
However, even then, it’s still going to be difficult because things may not make sense in the order you talk about things. The story may not make sense to your audience the way you tell it if there’s no planning.
This is why scripting is something I always do. I don’t necessarily write down exactly what I’m going to say, word for word, but I do have a big list of main points that I know I need to touch on.
Basically, I give myself a mini topic within the topic of the video in my script and speak on that for a little bit.
If there’s something that I know needs to be said, then I write that down and say it word for word.
With scripting, it’s something that you don’t have to write things down word for word, but if you can write down main points to help keep you on track, then that’ll be great for you.
Your story isn’t going to get jumbled or confused and you’ll be perfectly fine. Something important to always remember is that you’re going to be a storyteller in your videos no matter what it’s about.
This is why you need to make sure your story stays on track and doesn’t distract your audience.
When it comes to storyboarding you can say that it helps you see your vision for your video.
You can use your script to help your storyboard come to life, but you’re not going to be able to use a storyboard to make your script.
Scripting is going to always come before storyboarding.
Storyboarding is when you have a visual representation of what you want each of your shots to look like.
The above example shows what storyboarding is. On the left is the storyboard. On the right, you’ll see the storyboarding come to life.
You may not need to go into this much detail in your storyboarding, but it’s sure going to help you have a vision for your script.
My storyboarding looks like a bunch of stick figures with little descriptions under them.
Storyboarding is beneficial because it helps bring the vision you have for your video to life before you film anything.
You need to make sure that what you’re storyboarding is possible to do, but it gives you a clear vision for your video.
This also keeps you on track for your entire video and allows you to know what to set up next.
You essentially have a full plan for your video before you begin anything with your video.
Going into a video without a plan makes things very difficult. It’s also going to take a lot of time trying to think of ways to set up your shot because you didn’t think of it ahead of time.
When you know what needs to be set up ahead of time, you’re going to save a ton of time in the long run.
I know that I prefer things to move as fast as possible without being rushed.
The sooner you can finish your videos, the more time you have to create even more videos.
I know your time is precious, so make the best of it.
Should You Do It?
If you’re wanting your videos to go more smoothly, especially if you’re just starting out, then I would say yes.
You should definitely script and storyboard.
Once you’re able to find your rhythm with your videos, you might not need to script or storyboard nearly as much.
You’ll more than likely start to make your notes more concise so that process will be even shorter.
This will allow your entire video making process to be shortened, thus giving you more time to make more great content.
You may not even want to make your scripting and storyboarding more concise. Maybe you like these things to be as detailed as possible.
As long as you’re doing what you can to make the process of making a video as easy as possible for yourself.
You don’t want to make things more difficult. That’s when you start to get frustrated and discouraged.
And nobody likes it when that happens.
Although you don’t have to script or storyboard for any of your videos, I will always highly recommend doing it.
It doesn’t matter what your video is about or how long you plan on making it.
You’re going to go into a video with a certain vision in your head. Putting this vision into words and small images is going to help you once you actually start filming.
Your filming process will be shorter and I truly believe that will lead to more successful videos.
Everything you write during the scripting and storyboarding process isn’t going to always be how your final video turns out.
However, you’re going to put yourself on a path that’s going to allow your video to be easier to make.
You’re not going to forget any of the vision that was in your head originally.
You’ll also find that when you make things easier on yourself, you will have less stress and even more fun with making videos.