Creating the Scene - Storyboards and Set Designs


In this second of four lessons (of the PBL unit called "Pre-Production: The Importance of Storytelling, Storyboards, Scripts and Set Design!") students are introduced to storyboarding and set design using the storyboard/set design features in Storyboard That. Note: paper-based options are also included.


In this lesson, students will continue the pre-production process of setting the scene by creating storyboards and designing sets. They will utilize the storyboard/set design features in Storyboard That (also a paid feature of Celtx) to create a short 1-scene storyboard that further develops the concept they came up with in the first lesson. (Remember: This same story concept will be used throughout the PBL unit.) Depending on your preference, students may do this project individually or in pairs. It is possible to do small groups (3-4 students), but the process does not move more quickly as more minds work together.

Lesson 1: Storytelling - Ideas, Elements & Structure

Lesson 2: Creating the Scene - Storyboards and Set Designs

Lesson 3: Script-Writing - Formats, Elements & Celtx

Lesson 4: Pre-Production Short Film Package - Sets, Storyboards and a Script

Lesson Times

2 Class Periods
100-120 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
    • Performing Arts
    • Production and Managerial Arts
K-12 Subjects
  • Visual Arts & Performing Arts
    • Theatre
    • Visual Arts
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2013 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Describe how color scheme can psychologically affect an audience.
  • Design a set to support and enhance a story and/or character in a story.
  • Use Storyboard That to design a set and create a storyboard.

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