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Storyboarding: “the visual outline”

Storyboarding allows students to “structure” their story and “sync” images to words. One advantage, is that it enhances revision of the story once students see how the words work with the images. At times, it is wise trim, or even omit narration altogether if the image creates enough of an impact. Several methods of storyboarding are effective. Powerpoint can render a quick and easy version, or a template from Word using text and image boxes can also suffice. All students need to do is insert images in order, and copy and paste the corresponding narration. Storyboarding “software” is also available. However, I have found these to have a few too many options, thus complicating the process. The most important advantage of storyboarding is that it creates an efficient blueprint for the movie once students finally get to the lab; and if your school is like mine, days in the studio lab are precious.
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