If you’re new to this video-making malarkey you might not be down with all the lingo yet… like what the heck is a Gaffer* and what does one do? Actually you’ll never really need to know that unless you’re making feature films, but there are some terms commonly used by large-scale crews and one-man bands alike so we thought we’d explain some.

Starting with STORYBOARD.

A storyboard is a visual representation of the Director’s vision for every shot in her video. It helps her (and other crew members, if there are any) visualise and plan locations, camera angles, framing, composition, action and people.

A storyboard is usually laid out as a grid of rectangular boxes, in which an artist will sketch an interpretation of what’s in the Director’s head. You don’t, however, need an A-Level in art or hire an artist to create one. It can be written instead.

The purpose of the storyboard is not to look nice, but to be a resource that helps you plan, shoot and edit a great video.

At MYOVDO we have created a set of Storyboards to help you create your own videos. They are templates, if you like, for different types of videos that give you ideas about what to say and how to structure your videos. They are completely versatile, which means they can be used by anyone no matter what type of business or organisation you work for.


Each Storyboard is split into 5 steps and each step has a suggested timing – designed to result in a video of around a minute. In each step we provide a suggestion of what you might want to write in your script.

There are 3 columns: one for SCRIPT, one for FOOTAGE and one left blank for if you did want to add your own sketches.

In the SCRIPT column, you write your script. This could be verbatim or bullet-pointed, depending on how you prefer to deliver it once you start filming. This is what the viewer will hear.

In the FOOTAGE column, write what the viewer will see. It makes for a more engaging video if the viewer is not always watching someone speaking, but rather what they are speaking about.

Here’s what we mean…

In the following video you’ll see me talking about how to make a cup of tea. Boring.

In this video you’ll hear me talking about how to make a cup of tea, but see me actually making the cup of tea. Slightly more interesting.

It’s a silly example, but you get the idea. So in the FOOTAGE column, think about what additional shots you could film (or still images you have) that will bring the video to life.


The Storyboards are designed to help you make short videos, so remember to keep your script as brief as possible.

In our handbook you’ll find 5 Storyboards:

The Overview Video

The Explainer Video

The Personal Introduction Video

The How-to Video

The Customer Testimonial Video

These storyboards, along with others, are also available to purchase individually from our website, here.

As a set of 5, they are loosely designed to take your viewers on a journey from awareness of your brand to becoming a customer, giving them a bit more information at each step of the journey.

In our workshops, learners make one of these videos from start to finish: the Personal Introduction. It’s a short video all about you.

We are giving away a Personal Introduction Storyboard for FREE! To claim your storyboard, simple send us an email by clicking here with the subject: SEND ME MY FREE STORYBOARD PLEASE!

If you’d like to learn how to make your own videos, get in touch for information about our training books and workshops: info@myovdo.com

*Gaffer: the head electrician in a TV or film production crew.