sto·​ry·​board | \ˈstȯr-ē-ˌbȯrd \

Definition of storyboard 

: a panel or series of panels on which a set of sketches is arranged depicting consecutively the important changes of scene and action in a series of shots (as for a film, television show, or commercial)

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But live-action storyboards are usually drawn after the script is written, to figure out how to visualize sequences as scripted. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why do so many animated films have great stories? One secret: storyboarding.," 20 Nov. 2018 Through that connection, Elizabeth met people in the film world, and this led her to jobs doing storyboards and illustrations for film scripts. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Painter Elizabeth Colomba Is Giving Art’s Hidden Figures Their Close-Up," 10 Oct. 2018 One Reddit user named FOOSLS claims to have seen an early storyboard where the events of the film take place five years after The Last Jedi and Kylo Ren rules the galaxy, with Rey, Leia, and Poe trying to stop The First Order. Adam Schubak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Star Wars Episode IX," 17 Sep. 2018 Hobby-Bishop, 36, a storyboard artist, says of the five-bedroom bungalow. Ronda Kaysen, The Seattle Times, "There can be a lot to learn when you buy an old house," 16 July 2018 After the storyboard review, the hot-coals episode was ready for animation. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, "At Snapchat, Redrawing the Bounds of Reality," 14 June 2018 Young visitors will delight in seeing Big Bird, Elmo, Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef; adults can dig deep into sketches and storyboards and rediscover some old friends. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 In the storyboard, the creature goes through the side of the silo, and the corn dumps out, and the kids are dumped out. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Why the hardest special effect on A Quiet Place was corn," 8 July 2018 His signoff was necessary at every stage of moviemaking, from writing to storyboards and editing. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "Pixar Co-Founder John Lasseter to Leave Disney," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of storyboard

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of storyboard was in 1942

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English Language Learners Definition of storyboard

: a series of drawings or pictures that show the changes of scenes and actions for a movie, television show, etc.

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