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Storyboarding is a step in video and film production of all kinds from TV commercials to music videos to feature films. Storyboards are almost always used in animation and special effect shots and often also used in live action production.

The final project of this unit is the production of a storyboard from the script of a play. Students will conceive of the setting, character design, camera positions. They will reformat dialog from the script. They will write and rewrite stage direction. They will consider timing and sound. Proper storyboard format will be used. In short students will show the story visually.
Leading up to the final project will be two shorter lessons in which studets will produce a 4 frame storyboard and reverse engineer a longer, approximately 25-frame storyboard. Then they will study the Story boarding tips of Brad Bird and revise their own work.
This storyboard could be used as the basis for an animatic and layout that could then lead on through further steps to a finished film.

The skills covered in this section are essential for storyboard and layout artists in the film, TV, animation, and video game industries.

The final assessment will include self and peer review as well as teacher assessment.

Approximately 4 weeks


Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
Grade Levels
  • 12

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