16:9 is the ratio of a standard widescreen camera format. The 16:9 layout functions in the same way as the Traditional Layout - perfect for digital storytelling - and the wider cell allows for greater detail in your storyboards. It's also perfect for adaptation to film and animation projects, since it mimics the typical camera frame moreso than a square. Single cells of the storyboard are also better suited for viewing on most standard modern devices.
Use the 16:9 layout on Storyboard That to create a narrative, show the linear sequence of events, visually explain steps in a process, or organize any of your ideas. With the added space in each cell, you can add more characters and show more action.
Our 16:9 Layout is based on the size and shape of our modern screens; televisions, computer monitors, cell phones, and more all use the 16:9 ratio to display information. The 16:9 aspect ratio is the standard ratio of width to height for widescreen displays. When planning for a film project that will be eventually be in widescreen, it only makes sense that your storyboard plan should also be in the same format!
There are many uses for storyboards in the entertainment industry, the business world, and education. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
|Entertainment Industry||Business World||Education|
(commercial, vlog, TV show, film, etc.)
Storyboard That is an amazing tool for schools! The 16:9 is an expanded version of the original (and most flexible) layout. Below are storyboard examples across all subjects, and an additional section just for special education and IEPs.
Images are powerful, especially if planned with a purpose in mind. Sometimes a storyboard with multiple cells just isn't needed, and you would be better off with one panel. In the Storyboard Creator, you can adjust the size, number, and order of cells. So if a story, comic, teacher reference, poster, or graphic organizer works best as one image, make a single cell storyboard.
Check out the GARGANTUAN size of the single cell storyboard below! Posters, anyone?
There are many ways to use a storyboard, but let's take a moment to discuss its value for film planning. The 16:9 Layout was designed with film in mind. A film storyboard does tell the story, but in a technical way: it is a plan for the director, crew, and actors to use for production. There are different layout options, but when planning a video, whether it is a student skit or a final project in film school, use the title and description boxes along with the cell.
|Title Box||The title box will give you a chance to label a scene or shot or to give basic camera directions.||Example:
|The cell should show what the audience is meant to see. This might mean a close-up of one of the characters, a sweeping landscape, or a first person point of view of the action. Each cell should be a separate shot, that is, a new cell for when there is a change in the camera angle or movement.||Example:
|Description Box||The description box is really helpful for describing what happens in the shot, noting audio (dialogue, music, sound effects) and specific camera directions.||Example: