Digital Storytelling: Planning and Storyboarding


Today you are working from home. This is a planning day for you to create a storyboard for your video, consider images and clips you’ll need to find/create. You may also be thinking about background music or sound effects for your video.

Whether you have ideas for your video or need time to collect your thoughts, getting your thoughts on “paper” is highly recommended. Let’s look at some storyboarding videos and tools that can help us with this task.

1. Basics of digital storytelling.

2. This site is great for learning about drawing and composition for visual storytelling.

3. How to make a storyboard and shot list may also help you with your storyboard.

4. Here is a great list of the 7 elements of digital storytelling.

5. This step-by-step approach may also be helpful.

I made plenty of copies of the template below, which come from the The Design Work site. If you realize you need more when you get home, you can download them from the links below. This storyboarding cheat sheet may help.

PDF (storyboard_template small)

PDF (storyboard-template-large)

Reminder about Project:

You have several options for what your digital story might be:

1. An educational video for use in your subject/grade level.
2. A video that showcases a personal talent.
3. A commercial for your major.
4. A TED talk about something you are passionate about. (what is a TED talk?).

Here are some other details:

1. The video should tell a story – not simply instruct.
2. Your story needs a beginning, middle, and end.
3. It can be fiction or non-fiction.
4. You need to identify the age of your audience (within the story or preferably on your Creativity and Innovation webpage).
5. If you are writing fiction you need characters and conflict.
6. If you are writing nonfiction – your readers need to know why they should care about your topic.
7. Regardless of fiction or nonfiction – your reader should learn something.
8. The story will likely be 2-3 minutes long. Nothing bad happens if it’s a little shorter or a bit longer.

***You can look at the examples from last class or see more by looking through past student Google Sites.

5 Deadly Sins of Amateur Video

Let’s watch this video to help us think about the actual recording process (if you choose to use video).

Creative Commons: Image, Music, and Video

Remember class a few days ago where we discussed creative commons? We are going to be creating a digital story in class and you will probably want to use some photos from the internet – you may even want some background music. Let’s explore some resources through Creative Commons.

Ty Frix shared this blog last Spring with an EDIT 2000 class (30+ Places to Find Creative Commons Media)


I love Flickr, and especially the ability to search for Creative Commons images. This is where I find some of the images for our blog.

Additionally, you can take screen shots of Power Point slides or anything really! Using Jing or taking screen shots from the computer can allow you to save these as .jpg images to use in your video. Remember, your video can consist of images, video, or both.

Royalty Free Music

Royalty Free Music

Free Play Music

Creative Commons Licensed Music

Additional Resources

Checking out equipment from OIT on the second floor in Aderhold.

For Friday

1. Remember Friday is a workday. Gretchen will be here to open the lab for you all and support you with your digital stories.

Tutorials: If you have a Mac and you’ve been wanting to learn how to use iMovie – now is your chance. If you have a PC and you’ve been wondering about Windows Live MovieMaker – you can use it to create your story. The links for each of these tools takes you to a tutorial.

2. Blog Commenting – make it a goal to comment on at least one classmate’s blog over the weekend.


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