Object and Character Motion
Updated: 12/22/2016
Object and Character Motion
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

Action Cues for objects and characters in storyboards for films, videos and movies

Storyboard Text

  • EXAMPLE 1
  • Here you can see that the arrows are showing the boat's path: instead of straight, it curves back and forth.
  • EXAMPLE 2
  • In this example, one arrow depicts the dog's trajectory, and another arrow the motion of one of the bike's wheels.
  • EXAMPLE 3
  • Arrows here are showing both the path of where the character is walking, as well as the changes in the character's body position.