Why storyboard? Storyboards can be used to discuss ideas, describe a sequence, visualize a "look" and create a blueprint for implementing an animation, saving time by facilitating experimentation and exploration before the real animation begins. Professionals also use storyboards to communicate ideas to creative teams, clients or potential employers. Students translate their story ideas into visual images and accompanying text, describing the action, mood, setting and timing of the story. Storyboard conventions are covered, along with narrative development, production and presentation techniques. Students are given multiple examples to help identify the appropriate type of storyboard for their audience. Tutorials on how to set and manage client expectations are also elaborated upon. A variety of film and animation projects are presented for discussion and students emerge with brand new tools for successful animation project planning.