I recently read an article from a blog I follow that focuses on creative arts in the church that talked about graphic design in the world of digital. The article is written by the church’s graphic designer who is constantly receiving questions about how they design things that connect with so many people and he then states that the most frequent question people ask is, “What font is that?” He then goes on to explain that most of the time it is not a font at all, it is something that was drawn in a sketchbook and then scanned to digital. Essentially his point for the whole article is that you should always start on paper and remove all of the distractions of the digital tools we have at our disposal.
I found this to be an interesting approach and frankly one that is passed over by millennials who are often so eager to go paperless, but it made me think about how this approach could be applied to video production. The more I thought about it and thought back to previous experiences of my own I realized that starting on paper is a very effective way to plan your video.
This process is often called storyboarding and is a large part of preproduction for large scale videos and film, but amateurs often overlook it. I think storyboarding is a great way to work on any video because of one specific reason: it requires you to visualize every single shot before you even arrive on location. Getting into this habit will train you to become a better storyteller and help you not get bogged down by gear and functions of cameras. So next time you plan to do a video try to storyboard it on paper first, I think you will immediately realize the benefits that come with a few pieces of paper covered in pencil.
The original article from Greg Vennerholm is available here and has great visuals to help get you started: https://seeds.churchonthemove.com/blog/post/361