Camera Arrows
Updated: 6/21/2016
Camera Arrows
You can find this storyboard in the following articles and resources:
Character Evolution

Camera Shots, Camera Motions, and Object Motion

By Sarah Laroche

When creating a storyboard for film, it is imperative that the images reflect the script. Motion is central to these images: the motions of the characters and objects within the scene, as well as the motion of the camera observing it. Instead of bogging down the description box with tedious details of every action, let the image communicate the motion of a scene. Arrows are a simple and recognizable way to show motion or progression.


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Storyboard Description

Camera Arrows for Camera Shots in a storyboard

Storyboard Text

  • PAN RIGHT
  • Arrows on the top and bottom of the cell pointing right indicate that the camera should move horizontally to the right.
  • TILT UP
  • PAN LEFT
  • Arrows on the top and bottom of the cell pointing left indicate that the camera should move horizontally to the left.
  • TILT DOWN
  • ZOOM IN
  • Four inward pointing arrows signal for the camera to zoom in. Encompasing the whole scene illustrates zooming into the center. *The four arrows can be placed in any part of the scene to suggestion zoom on a particular area*
  • ROTATE
  • ZOOM OUT
  • Four outward pointing arrows signal for the camera to zoom out.
  • MISCELLANEOUS
  • Curved arrows on the side pointing up instruct the camera to be tilted upward in angle.
  • Curved arrows on the side pointing down instruct the camera to be tilted downward in angle.
  • Depending upon the direction of the area this symbol denotes which way the camera should rotate
  • Camera motions typically fall near the edge of the cell while object motion symbols are inside and near a specific object.