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Story Circle One – Digital Storytelling Script & Storyboard

A storyboard template

For this assignment, you will create two interrelated blog posts. One for your digital storytelling voice-over narration (~250 words), and another for your storyboard (text, visuals, SFX, music) for your digital story (500 words +). Adjacent to or embedded within the script, detail the integration of modalities not limited to text, still images, video, and audio (sound effects and music).  From your script and storyboard, it should be evident how you intend to construct meaning within and across the modalities selected for your digital story.

Anstey and Bull (2009) tell us that a storyboard is a devise used to retell, or plan, the sequences of a narrative. It is a tool used to plan the layout and organization of the visual, and linguistic texts. A series of small illustrations, called frames, are used to map or shape the plot of the story. (p. 35)

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To study more storyboards from close range, use Google to search for images of “storyboard”

A more traditional definition of a storyboard describes it as a written or graphical representation of the elements that will be included in a multimodal text. The storyboard is usually created before actual work on creating the narrative begins and a written description and graphical depiction of the elements of the story, such as images, text, narration, music, transitions, etc. are added to the storyboard. The elements of the story are arranged in the storyboard in the chronological order in which they will appear in the story and this allows the developer to organize and re-arrange the content for maximum effect.*

*[Adapted from Educational Uses of Digital Stories (retrieved 15 October 2015)]

Resources: There are any number of storyboarding apps to choose from including apps dedicated to the iPad. (You might just prefer using Post-It Notes on a sheet of paper).

  • Visit the App store and explore the various StoryBoard tools. While I cannot recommend one or another application, there are numerous interesting apps to explore.  Of course read the reviews before spending money.
  • Prezi is particularly effective for storyboarding.
  • You might also consider Google Slides. (Please note: the application you choose for your storyboard needs to be well suited for representing the semiotic systems you are exploring).
  • Lino – collaborative bulletin board for posting notes, images, and video

Following is a quote from Joe Lambert’s chapter on Storyboarding that is worth considering.

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