How to Import a Script and Add Captions

Making a storyboard begins with writing the script for your project. In Storyboard Pro, you can import your script into your project. You can then store each part of your script into their corresponding storyboard panel, to provide the storyboard artist with the information they need to draw the panels.

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.

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.

NOTETo 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.