Before you can start animating your story, you need to have a storyboard. Storyboards are meant to give you the ability to organize and setup the visuals of your story. They are not only the story, though: They are also a way to set up how your animation is going to look. With the storyboard, you will be making decisions like whether or not to use a “close-up” shot or a “medium” shot. Or maybe you only want to show the viewer your character’s feet for a little while. Those are the kind of things that your storyboard should also show.
Below are the empty storyboard sheets so that you can print more on your own if you want to, and I have also included some examples of storyboards from famous movies/animations so that you can see how the professionals use storyboards to plan their animations.