Q. I've finished my script, but I'm wondering, is it better to start out with a storyboard? Just what the heck is a storyboard anyway?
Storyboards have nothing to do with writing a script. Storyboards are essentially comic strips created to show what the action on the screen is meant to look like. A storyboard artists works with the director and the script and tries to put on paper the angles and compositions the director intends to use. Or if the director can draw, he can make his own storyboards. Either way the crew can get a clearer sense of what the director's going to be doing with the camera than they might based only on conversations with the director.
They can range from extremely simple stick figure sketches
. Stick figure storyboards don't look impressive, but they do much the same job that the fancy kind do.