Free Storyboard Templates (in PDF, PPT and Word)

In this post we’ll list a number of free storyboard templates that we’ve selected on quality and easy-of-use. You can use them as a blank canvas to tell your story or explain your thought process.

What is a storyboard?

A storyboard is a graphic tool that you can use to visualize a movie, animation or other (interactive) story. It is a series of images or pictures in a sequence.

By having these images in a sequence, the viewers can easily visualize how a story will develop and what is going to happen. That’s why it’s so often use as a tool to talk about stories. It makes it very easy to pitch an idea about a story when you use a storyboard.

Storyboards are most often used for the creation of creative content, such as:

  • Movies / films
  • Commercials
  • Theater Plays
  • Animations
  • YouTube Videos
  • Comic Books

But also in Business settings storyboards can be used in all kinds of settings. An example is ABC costing (a topic in accounting) where storyboards are used to develop a detailed process flowchart which shows all activities and their relationships.

This helps measuring the cost of resources and optimize the costs over all activities.

So you can find storyboards in all kinds of settings as it just makes it easier to talk about something when you can look at visuals and imagine a flow through a story or a list of events.

How to use a storyboard

You use to storyboards for three different purposes.

  1. To visualize the story
  2. To highlight the timing and the focus of the story
  3. To define other important parameters of the story depiction, such as
    1. Movements / motion
    2. Camera positioning and use
    3. Lighting
    4. Background / setting

When you draw a storyboard by hand, you usually start by creating or downloading a storyboard template. Of course you can use this page for this (see many of the usual examples).

You’ll find that most of the templates look like a blank strip comic, with empty areas for comments and dialogue.

Once you have a blank template in front of you, you’ll hold off on the actual drawing until you make a list of all the steps / scenes / sketches that you want to include. You’ll want to think about this first so that you don’t find yourself halfway into your process and discover you have too much content or are on the wrong track for another reason.

So make sure you have the list first and then you start sketching the important “scenes” in the story or “steps” in the process.

Once you have the images done, you start filling in the rest of the important store-related (or process-related) details, such as the dialogue.

The last step would then be to add all other information that’s still relevant to the depiction of the story, but not so much to the story itself. This could be environmental parameters (lighting / setting / background / timing etc) and other information you feel completes the story.

Below is a nice YouTube tutorial on storyboarding in case you’re just on your way into video making. It guides you through the different steps in the process from blank storyboard template to the final product.

Free Storyboard Templates for TV Commercials

Below are some downloadable templates in Microsoft Word that help you make storyboards for TV commercials.

Free Storyboard Templates for Movies (Word / PPT)

Free Storyboard Templates for Animation (PDF)

If you’re looking for printable templates then usually you’re looking for PDF templates. Below you can download the ones we found for you.