This is a storyboard template on DIN A4 vertical (portrait) page. It has 5 frames per sheet, for 1.85:1 aspect ratio (Widescreen) storyboards. The layout draws inspiration from the beautiful storyboards from Studio Ghibli. You can either edit the layout with Adobe InDesign or print it out blank to work on paper, the old school way (no cheating).
- The first column indicates cuts. Use it to number your shots—you can have several pictures for the same shot.
- The second and main column stands for the picture screen. That’s where you draw or place your pictures.
- Then there is a space for your script notes for action, dialogue, etc.
- The last column, time, is for annotating the duration of your shots in seconds.
To work from InDesign, duplicate the page you want to use. To import your drawings, place your pictures into the frames that belong to the Images layer. Resize as you see fit. You can use the Rule of Third guides located in the top locked layer to help you reframe your compositions. Change the template, make it your own. Fill in the header, add your credit and project details, add your production title or logo... And that’s it, your presentation is ready for print or screen.
IDML (InDesign Markup) format is compatible with all InDesign versions from CS4 to the current Creative Cloud version.
FYI: Since the document grid corresponds to the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, you can build variations with ease. The smallest module is 22,895 by 12,376 points. Its height matches the document body text’s leading—in case you’d like to type text. Use the Page-Master for pagination, the A-Master for a clean sheet.
You can always hide the baseline grid and/or the document grid for clarity. (View > Grids & Guides > Show Baseline Grid & Hide Baseline Grid) You may need the font Avenir installed on your machine to work with text, but you can use another font.
I hope this template will save you time and help you design beautiful storyboards!
You can get a free version of this template in PDF format at https://gum.co/ghibli-storyboard-english.
The Japanese version of this template is here:
And don't forget to check the Apple Pages version of this template, it is quite good: https://gum.co/Ghibli_Pages_En.
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