How to Add a Script and Captions

Before making a storyboard, you must have a script ready. You can type the script for your project directly into Storyboard Pro, or you can import it from a file. Then, you can separate your script into captions for each of the panels in your storyboard, so as to provide the storyboard artist with the information they need to draw the content of each panel.

By default, each panel can store four different types of captions: Dialogue, Action Notes, Slugging and Notes. The Dialogue and Action Notes can be sourced straight from your script, and Notes can be used to store information such as scene headings, transitions and other useful information. Slugging captions are typically added later, while making the storyboard, to give timing indications regarding the dialogues and actions for the animatic.

Typing a Script

You can type the script for your storyboard directly into the Storyboard view.

Storyboard Pro checks the spelling of every word you type into the Storyboard view, as well as into caption fields for your panels in the Panel view, against the words in a dictionary of a specific language. You can change the language of the spell checker to match the language in which you're writing.


By default, spell checking is done in English (US) if you launch Storyboard Pro for the first time in English and in Spanish (ES) if you launch Storyboard Pro for the first time in Spanish.

If you launch Storyboard Pro for the first time in Chinese or Japanese, no dictionary will be selected by default, and you will have to select a dictionary to enable spell checking. Storyboard Pro does not have Chinese and Japanese dictionaries.

Spell Checking

At any time while or after typing your script or filling out your project's captions, you can use the Spelling dialog to go through and correct each spelling mistake that is detected by Storyboard Pro's spell checker.

The Spelling dialog will go through every spelling mistake it can find in your project, including in its script and in its panel captions. It will start searching for spelling mistakes starting with the text field that is currently selected, at the position where the typing cursor is placed.

Importing a Script

You can import a script in plain text (.txt), Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Final Draft XML (.fdx) directly into the Script field of the Storyboard view. You can also copy and paste it from your editor, or type it directly into the Storyboard view.

Adding Captions

Once your script is imported, you can create the basic structure of your storyboard by creating empty scenes and panels based on the scene headings, actions and dialogues of your script, then filling the caption fields for each panel in your storyboard with information from your script.

To do this, you can select an excerpt from your script in the Storyboard view, then drag and drop it into a caption field in the Panel view, instantly copying the selected text into the caption field for the current panel.

NOTE To learn how to create scenes and panels, see How to Add Scenes and Panels.

Creating a Project from a Final Draft Script

If your script was written in Final Draft, you can automatically generate a project with scenes, empty panels and pre-filled captions based on the structure of your script. For example, you can generate a project with a new scene for each Scene Heading and a new panel for each action or dialogue, and store the content of these paragraphs into the caption fields of their panels, allowing you to kickstart the storyboarding process.