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Standards: ISTE 1a, 1b, 1d, 4b, 4c, 4d
To complete this activity, follow the steps below. Click on links for help.
Learning objective: Using a short script excerpt, you will be able to storyboard at least ten shots.
"A storyboard is a graphic layout that sequences illustrations and images with the purpose of visually telling a story." (Storyboard Examples, n.d.).
As the above definition indicates, a storyboard is a graphic representation of a story. Storyboarding is part of the pre-production stage of movie making, along with scripting, shot lists, and other steps. A storyboard is used to visualize what a scene will look like.
Look at a wide variety of storyboard examples located at https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/storyboard-examples-film/. When you are looking at these examples, you are encouraged to explore all files and views available, but be sure to at least look at the Storyboard view. This file will show you how to get that view. Look for the purple arrow (pop-up).
Find and browse the storyboard templates on Studiobinder.com. If the Studiobinder site is blocked at school, use this link. The easiest templates for you to eventually use will probably be the four or six panel templates in Word of PDF format.
Download and read this script excerpt in pdf format ("Explore and Read," n.d.). The teacher will give you a short explanation of the scene.
Read through the excerpt a few times. As you read, try to visualize the scene.
Alone or in pairs, storyboard this script. In the actual scene, the teacher counted over 40 shots! Try to storyboard at least 10 different shots. Talk about it with your classmates first. What do you think this scene looks like? When would there be a close-up? Long shot? High angle? Low angle? Remember to include brief notes with each panel! You can always look back at the examples from Step One for help.
You can use any of the storyboard templates you like, and you can complete them either by hand or digitally. If you complete them on paper, you will need to take a picture of your storyboard so you can submit it to Google Classroom.
Share your storyboard with the class.
After you are finished
After you finish identifying appropriate shots for the script excerpt, you can watch the actual scene. The teacher will show the scene in class.
Need a challenge?
Try any of the following:
Explore and Read the Best Free Movie Scripts Online (n.d.). Studiobinder. Retrieved May 16, 2022 from https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/best-free-movie-scripts-online/.
Storyboard Examples (n.d.). Studiobinder. Retrieved May 16, 2022 from https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/storyboard-examples-film/.