Creating Video Lessons Part 3- Storyboarding!

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IMG_4999Last week we looked at our first step in creating an engaging video lesson – Script Writing. Check it out here if you missed it! So now you’ve written your script and are wondering how on earth you are going to get all of these wonderful words of wisdom into your 30hands video…. My advice? Get to 30hands Pro and storyboard out your script!

Why storyboard?

Storyboarding is the best way to plan out your slides and it enables you to visualize what is going to go on which slide. So the storyboard is kind of a blue print of your video story, and you’ll get a feel of how the whole finished product will pan out. The best part is that it really saves you time later when you go to develop and enhance your slides and record your narration. It very much supports the iterative process, as you can review your storyboard once it is laid out and make changes and revisions as you progress from there. It should really be the minimum amount of information necessary to convey a sense of what your video or story is going to be. This makes things quick and easy!

How do I Storyboard?File_000 (4)

  • Start by creating a presentation in 30hands Pro.
  • Then, add slides to represent each line of your script.
  • As you are doing this, the most important thing is to label each slide somehow, so you know in your presentation which slide represents which line of your narration.
  • To do this, you can either use the enhanced drawing feature to write in a key word from your script onto the slide, or you could number the slide also by using the enhanced drawing tool. I have found both to be quick and easy approaches. Some people actually like to even bring in images at this stage to get a visual idea of what might go on each slide.

And… that’s it! Once you have all your slides laid out and labelled, you then have your storyboard to work from! You can now get to the really fun stuff – imagery!  So you can start getting creative and either draw images yourself, or import images from Pixabay or your Google Drive. Voilá!

Get the kids involved in movie making madness!

Walt Disney was the first to develop and exploit this great idea of using a storyboard to develop an idea. Even to this day, Disney and Pixar animators, as well as many movie directors, use the storyboarding process as a way of writing their stories and developing characters. Watch this video to see how they storyboard their movies.

Are you a teacher? Why not use 30hands Pro to develop digital storyboards with your students so that they learn about this crucial step in movie or video design! Stay tuned to read my next blog on how to use images to convey a message and avoid reams of text!IMG_5006

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