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Re: storyboards

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Sat, 19 Sep 1998 12:02:16 EDT

In a message dated 9/19/98 6:05:21 AM Central Daylight Time,
RWilk85411 writes:

<< Storyboards are a standard in the movie, video, and animation idustry. They
are not employeed by just a few here and there. Everyone uses them. Usually
the process is script then storyboard. Yes animations are preceded by
even the short ones. But the first Starwars started as a storyboard then the
script was written. Lucas wanted to be sure of the visuals. So, what's my
point? :-)) Storyboarding is something we should all be teaching to prepare
our students who may be interested in animation. Animators developed the
storyboard idea. They are heavily dependent on them. One of my students who
went on to study more animation after high school e-mailed me to tell me that
he waas the only one in his entire entering class who know how to storyboard
properly. Made me feel good. When I teach animation I have to also teach
scriptwriting. It is just not the same type of script that I teach, when I
teach video.

Reatha >>

Storyboards, aside from preparing kids for specific careers, are great for
sequencing, thinking visually, understanding the importance of detail,
communication, design principles and on and on and on. They can (and should!)
be used from the time students can draw figuratively. The ways to use them
are as varied as our imaginations. I have used storyboards in all my drawing
classes. I have even created a card game the kids can play that writes the
script for a three panel storyboard. It is a blast! And each resulting story
is different from all the rest. Most commonly I start off with a 6 panel
storyboard and tell the kids a short suspenseful, sometimes spooky, story in
six parts. As they are drawing each part I go over the things they should be
thinking of for that particular frame--How to draw action, how to depict night
while inside a house, how to let people know the story is taking place in a
bedroom, or living room or a forest.....or whatever the story is
communicating. I did this while I student taught in a "bad" school with a
HORRIBLE third grade class. Discipline problems, anger, violence--really a
scary class. But with this lesson the kids were enraptured. You could hear a
pin drop as they worked and they would do anything to hear the next part of
the story. Kids are so in to this type of learning that I highly recommend it
for difficult classes. (and for well behaved classes too:-) There is so much
you can teach through this process.

I would love to hear how others use the storyboard. I know there are many
more ideas floating around out there than I could ever dream up myself.
TIA, -Lee