Storyboarding (a lesson for students when preparing their book trailers)

A storyboard is a collection of sketches showing how to organize a story and a list of its contents.

  • allow you to plan out your digital story in a visual way. Look at what happens first, next etc onto the last scene (the timing)
  • communicate your ideas about the story
  • make a blueprint for your video before the production stage
  • organise and develop the focus of the story
  • allow you to see the entire sequence flow/continuity) of your video
  • allow you to see what you are doing - and what to keep and what to cut out (unnecessary scenes/pictures, dialogue, etc)
  • enable you to work out the interaction between images (the visual transitions)
  • enable you to work out any dialogue (voiceovers) for the images
  • enable you to work out the music that will “go with” the images and enhance the feel/emotion you are looking for.

Your drawings must have meaning and portray feelings/emotions.
A good storyboard will allow you to plan out the impact you intend to make on your audience.

  1. How long an image stays on the screen (3 seconds is often considered optimum)
  2. Too short viewers don’t get the visual clues, too long and it becomes boring
Consider visual clues:
  • Low angle (viewer may get a sense of danger, threat, up against authority)
  • Or High angle (viewer may get a sense of being in charge of being above &separate from the action)
  • Close-up (can show feelings/emotions and the view identifies with the item in the close-up. It also means they don’t directly know what is happening around the item in the close up
  • or Wide angle (long shot) Often used to show action, to put a character/item in a landscape/place
  • lighting and shadows – use to create emotion and feelings in the audience

Resources and reference materials
A 13 minute documentary video. The video sets out to explain the art of storyboarding, using old Disney footage, as well as more up-to-date items, the video reviews the art of storyboarding as it is used in the story development and production of films.
"A storyboard is a sequence of images and words drawn together on a page to form a plausible narrative. Storyboards are routinely used in the movie making business to 'preview' a movie before a single shot is taken. "



Some other sites I visited for information on storyboarding included:
  • ABCkids link for the **RollerMache site for storyboards**. It is a great introduction for our students.
  • **Karen J. Lloyd’s storyboard blog** She has worked on many well known projects and offers advice and templates.
  • The **Knight Digital Media Centre** site that presents a web page storyboarding. It offers a good explanation of why and how to do a storyboard.
  • YouthLearn **An introduction to making movies**. A website, designed for kids, about producing videos.
  • **Making Movie storyboards** offers steps for teachers to address the creation of digital story in the classroom. Divided into five sections: Prep — Preparing for the lesson Steps — Conducting the lesson Extensions — Additional activities Community Connections — Real world actions for students after the completion of the lesson
  • Storyboard Depot - The elearning coach A post that gives you a collection of storyboard templates shared by members of the elearning community
  • Storyboard Generatorr (ACMI) An interactive (and comprehensive site) that offers a tool for students to learn about creating a storyboard, with many CC resources available for students to use when they build their own storyboard.
  • Storyboarder – Android Apps on Google Play Free Android app for creating storyboards. The app allows you to pull pictures from your Android phone’s picture gallery, add captions to them, and arrange them into a storyboard. When you’ve completed your storyboard you can save it as a PDF and email it or save it to Dropbox.

Also used in the lesson were book trailers from the TeacherTube and YouTube and a variety of examples from the YouTube (eg videos of Hitchcock films or other such movies) to show some visual examples to students.

Setting the scene

Rear window:

North by North West: One of the most famous scenes of the film history

and a Scrubs homage to the above scene

WOW version