Story Beats

Story Beats: These are panels that convey only the key events in your story.  What the plot turns on.  The number of panels can range from 8-12 for a 2 minute film to well over 50 for longer films.  Story artists will use these limited number of panels to work and rework a story until it gels.  From there the Story team moves into Rough Storyboards focusing on individual scenes. 

Clues to creating strong Story Beats:

The beats below are for what's shaping up to be a 3-5 minute short film.  Each beat conveys only the major plot points of the scene. The combined effect of your Story Beats should be a fairly cohesive plot with a beginning, middle and end.