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Storyboard Formats

Available for Windows
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Scripts created using Script Werx can generate their own storyboards: Simply select "Storyboard" from the Script Werx menu, indicate a few preferences in the dialog box that opens and your storyboard will be created. You can also start with a blank storyboard and compose your script in the storyboard format.

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  Sample Storyboard
For a sample storyboard demonstrating Script Werx features, click the linked title above. This sample is in the pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format which requires an Acrobat reader. To download a free reader, click the following: Adobe Acrobat reader

Thoughtfully Designed Storyboarding Tools

Storyboard Dialog Boxes
A storyboard can be easily created for any script written using Script Werx:
with your script open, simply go to the Script Werx menu and select the "Storyboard" tool. One of following dialog boxes will appear to let you select among the options that are appropriate for the type of script you are writing.

Screenplay Format
For screenplays, you are given the choice between a two-column and three-column storyboard. For the two-column storyboard, you may then choose the elements for which a storyboard frame will be created: scene headings, action description and/or blocks of dialogue.
The three-column storyboard shows action description in the center column (to the right of the column of storyboard frames) and dialogue in the right column.

Video Format
For video scripts, you are given the choice between audio-only (two-column) and audio-plus-visual (three-column) storyboards.

Combination Format
The combination format starts with the same storyboard dialog box used by the screenplay format, then adds check boxes, which let you add entries from the two-column sections of the script to the categories of elements you choose to include in your storyboard. A separate storyboard frame will then be created for every element in the categories you select.

Prompter Files
By making a single selection from the Script Werx menu a TelePrompTer file can be easily made from your storyboard. This is a separate MS Word file containing the entire audio column from your storyboard, complete with a cover sheet identifying the title of your script.

Picture Boxes
When first created, a Script Werx storyboard is simply a table with borders in the column of cells intended for use as storyboard frames. This works fine for many applications; however, some people prefer storyboard frames to be separated picture boxes with rounded corners, similar to a traditional television screen. With Script Werx, this is easy to do.
A Picture Box tool lets you enter these picture boxes into individual cells or into all cells in the storyboard frame column. These picture boxes themselves are images, which means that they can be opened (with a double click) and additional images can be entered into the frames they create.

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  Importing Text
If you want to write your script directly into a storyboard format by writing the narration first or if clients provide you with an initial draft, the Script Werx Import toolbar makes it easy to import and format this text:
  • Place your cursor in the audio column
  • Click the Import File button and a standard browse dialog box will appear so that you can select the file to import (or simply copy and paste in the text)
  • Click the Break All button and each paragraph will be placed on a separate row with its own storyboard frame.
  • The Fix Visuals and Fix Audio tools easily fix any problems caused by unintentionally importing previously formatted text
  • The Shot Break button lets you easily add additional rows with their own frames

Hide/Show Pictures
Adding multiple pictures to a storyboard slows down the performance of your computer. To help mitigate this, the storyboard toolbar provides both Hide and Show buttons. Clicking the Hide button will hide all pictures and the performance of your computer will become as fast as if the storyboard contained only text. To show the pictures again, simply click the Show button.

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