Storyboards

Storyboard production can be complicated and appear stressful. After twelve years experience in creating storyboards for animated music videos and animated explainer videos, we have found an approach that has lead to many award-winning animated videos and satisfied clients.

Here is a recent storyboard we created, followed the multi award-winning animated music video we made. This music video is 13 x award winner, 10 x award finalist, and many other awards at international film festivals. The video was storyboarded, directed, animated, illustrated, and edited by Anders Sundstedt.

Storyboard for The Big Balloon to the Moon – Animated Music Video

Storyboards

Completed Music Video – Karl Baudoin – The Big Balloon the the Moon

Karl Baudoin – The Big Balloon to the Moon (14th June, 2022).

Our process is straightforward but flexible. We usually start with asking the client for a script for the video, if it’s an explainer video. If it’s a music video, we ask the artist about the song, what they have in mind, and their idea for the video, and based on that discussion, we create a storyboard that outlines what the scenes/shots are for the animated music video.

What makes Sundstedt Animation unique and different from most storyboard providers, is that we have the experience of also creating all the animated films and videos that we storyboarded, from scratch. We have actually animated evert short films and animated music videos on this website. There are lots of examples that we storyboarded, directed and animated in the portfolio:

The Big Balloon to the Moon Animated Music Video
Karl Baudoin - Animated Music Video
SOFI K – Fall Back Down (Official Lyric Video) - Sundstedt Animation
SOFI K - Animated Lyric Video
Catch a glimpse Official Music Video - Sundstedt Animation
Catch a glimpse - Animated Music Video
The Old Red Rooster Music Video
The Old Red Rooster - Animated Music Video
Kÿpe Poka Animated Rap Music Video
Poka - Animated Music Video
Francis Martin – Mind Come Up (Trinity) [Official Music Video]
Francis Martin – Animated Music Video
Pale White Guy Animated Music Video - Sundstedt Animation
Live - Animated Music Video
Lush Animated Music Video - Mother - Sundstedt Animation
Lush - Animated Music Video
KiDS Educational Whiteboard Video
IDF KiDS - Educational Whiteboard Video
HAMMER - Wolfman (Music Video) - Sundstedt Animation
Wolfman - Animated Music Video (loops)
The Black Sheep - Animated Music Video
The Black Sheep - Animated Music Video
Cayman Dance Animated Music Video - Sundstedt Animation
Cayman Dance - Animated Music Video
Phylli Sinclair - Sundstedt Animation
Phyllis Sinclair – Animated Music Video (Loop)
International Diabetes Federation - Taking Diabetes to Heart - Sundstedt Animation
IDF - Animated Campaign Video
Glasgow University SHLC Animated Educational Video by Sundstedt Animation (21)
Glasgow University - Animated Educational Video
ADP Animations - North Ayrshire Council - Sundstedt Animation
ADP Animated Series
Glasgow City Council - Sundstedt Animation
Glasgow City Council – Animated Explainer Video
ECO-Schools Explainer Video by Sundstedt Animation
Eco-Schools - Animated Explainer Video
DPRAA Animated Explainer Video
DPRAA - Animated Explainer Video
Fewer Funerals Animated Explainer Video
Fewer Funerals - Animated Explainer Video
Pfizer Explainer Video
Pfizer - Pharmaceutical Explainer Video
Windows 10 Enterprise med Software Assurance
Windows 10 Enterprise Software Assurance - Whiteboard Video
Microsoft Whiteboard Video - Sundstedt Animation
Microsoft - Windows 10 Whiteboard Video
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
Windows 10 Defender - Whiteboard Video
Windows As A Service VideoScribe
Windows As A Service - Whiteboard Video
Kom igång med Windows i molnet - VideoScribe - Anders Sundstedt
Kom igång med Windows 10 i molnet - Whiteboard Video
BLS Animation - Sundstedt Animation
British Sign Language - Animated Infographics
100 Years in Marketing Explainer Video - Sundstedt Animation
100 Years in Marketing - Animated Explainer Video
Duraflor Animated Explainer Video
Duraflor - Animated Explainer Video
Triple Card Holder - Sundstedt Animation
Triple Card Holder - Introduction Video

We use our storyboards in the planning and creation of all the artwork and compositions we need to create, plus what characters and animations we will need to create. The storyboard is a reference, but the actual look and composition is often different from the storyboard sketches. For example, the storyboard sketches are very rough and quickly drawn, not like the highly detailed, clean and refined artwork in the actual video.

Here is another example of a storyboard page for an animated music video we created for the rap artist Francis, followed by our finished animated music video:

Storyboard for Francis – Trinity – Music Video

Francis-Trinity-Storyboard-Sundstedt-Animation

Completed music video – Francis – Trinity

Francis – Trinity (Animated Music Video)

Anders Sundstedt is a video director, storyboard artist, animator and illustrator of all the award-winning short films and videos on this website. Anders storyboards, directs and creates all videos himself from scratch. He creates a storyboard to help him plan out each scene and it’s contents, composition and actions. The storyboard also helps to figure out the required artwork, props, characters and backgrounds that we need to create for the video.

The storyboard is usually more like a stick-men type of style, but sometimes a little more detailed. If we want the storyboard to be more detailed and actually be a start of the design/look of the shots, then we may take much more time in drawing the storyboard more like what the actual shot will look like, but for most storyboards it is only a simple reference.

Here is another example of a roughly sketched, internal storyboard, followed by the final animated explainer video we made for Eco-Schools:

Eco-Schools Explainer Video Storyboard

ECO Schools Storyboard Page 1/3
ECO Schools Storyboard Page 2/3
ECO Schools Storyboard Page 3/3
ECO Schools Storyboard Page 1/3 ECO Schools Storyboard Page 2/3 ECO Schools Storyboard Page 3/3

Completed Eco-Schools Explainer Video

Eco-Schools Animated Cartoon Explainer Video

So, if you are interested in a storyboard for an animated video, animated explainer video, whiteboard video or animated music video, please remember we can actually create the video for you as well, as an independent animation studio. This means you work directly with us, and you don’t need to use separate storyboard and video production studios.

Here is one more example of our explainer video storyboards, followed by the final animated explainer video we created based on our storyboard:

Pfizer Explainer Video Storyboard

Pfizer Explainer Video Storyboard by Anders Sundstedt

Completed Pfizer Explainer Video

How we create storyboards

01 Brief

The most important part of storyboard production. We can take the brief either via email, over the phone or face-to-face, to ensure we have every detail to tell your story. For music videos, we learn what’s in your head and turn it into a storyboard. For an explainer video or other short films, we follow the clients written script, that provides any narrative plus a brief description of the scene content. (Sometimes the client provides a simpler storyboards at the start, in addition to their script. This helps to better understand what’s in the clients head.

We can then take the client script/storyboard and work out the official storyboard for the film or video, ready to be animated. Since we are used to creating all the short films or videos we have storyboarded in-house, we have kept the visual style of the storyboard simple and sketchy, but if client would want a more detailed, refined, complex and coloured storyboard, this is something we can do (for an example, see the storyboard at the top of this page for the Big Balloon to the Moon music video).

Here is one more example of one of the storyboard pages for the handcrafted animated music video for the rap/hip-hop artist Kÿpe, followed by our finished animated music video:

Kÿpe – Poka – Music Video Storyboard

Completed Kÿpe – Poka – Music Video

Kÿpe – Poka (Good-bye) (Animated Music Video) 2020

02 Production

We provide an initial sketch drawing to work out the content and composition. We can then send this to the client for approval. This is usually followed by a line drawing to show more detail. Finally we colour the frames to bring them to life. Colour is optional, but we usually do it to give a better idea of the tone. Sometimes we use grayscale instead, like for whiteboard videos, as they are often not coloured.

03 Delivery

We deliver the stroryboard digitally in the format that you have asked for. Typically these are PNG images or a PDF. We use a resolution sufficient to print out the boards on paper, if this is something you are interested in.

Here is another relevant example of the storyboard we created for an animated music video for the duo The Lark and the Loon, followed by the completed animated music video we handcrafted:

Storyboard for The Old Red Rooster Music Video

Completed music video for The Old Red Rooster

The Lark and the Loon – The Old Red Rooster (Official Music Video). Animation Director, Illustrator & Animator: Anders Sundstedt. 2018

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