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libra ry consists of more than 1,000 individual videos, images and
sound files that are able to be downloaded, re -used, mashed-up and
republished for educational purposes. The library is governed by
a Creative Commons model – the Creative Commons Attribution
Non- Commercial 3.0 Australian licence – which allows re -use for
non- commercial purposes with attribution of the original creator.
In order to make attribution as easy as possible, the licence appears
beside each piece of media along with a model for how to attribute
the creator in a ny credits – by simple cut and paste.
Add your own. The concept was that both students and teach-
ers could contribute to the free media libra ry – over time c reating
a significant ‘crowd-sourced’ resource.
For teachers, ACMI has created the Educators’ Lounge, a Ning
network, which provides a collaborative online space to exchange
ideas about all aspects of screen education , including best practice
related to Generator resou rces.
Cybersafety and moderation
Users of the Generator website can share resources via email, Face-
book and Twitter, and can tag and comment on resou rces as well
as upload their own content. All uploads to the Generator video
gallery and free media library, as well as comments and tags, are
moderated by the ACMI screen education team. Additional meas-
ures in place to protect safety include a ‘flag as inappropriate’ on
content and a web purifier to protect against profanity. I n creating
a profile, users are reminded to protect their privacy by not using
their real name for a display name and are referred to the Austral-
ian Commu nications a nd Media Authority’s Cybersmart website.
The Storyboard generator
Good storyboarding is a fundamental aspect of the craft of story-
telling. How to create interest and an appreciation of the value
of storyboarding is an i nteresting question i n a context where
students can shoot and upload a video to the web within the space
of 10 minutes. The storyboard is an important working docu-
ment that creates a vision or blueprint for the visual representa-
tion of the story events as they are to be seen through a camera
lens. Storyboards help the creator to think deeply about aspects
of storymaking such as composition and framing, camera angles,
location , mood, timing and technical requirements.
While there is no need for drawings to be complicated – in
fact, they can be quite simple – it was clear from teachers’ anec-
dotes that students still feel intimidated drawing storyboards from
scratch and , for this reason, do not engage with the concepts. The
ACMI screen education team and I wanted to provide teachers
with a specialised storyboarding tool that would demonstrate and
allow students to explore storyboarding concepts online.
The Storyboard Generator is an interactive tool that enables
students to create and share animated storyboards. There are two
pathways: Choose Your Script is a guided activity where students
select from three genre scripts – horror, comedy or roma nce – and
create their storyboard using existing storyboard cells and choos-
ing camera movements; Build Your Own enables the student to
apply these concepts to create their own script and storyboard by
uploading their ow n location photographs or selecting existing
images from the free media libra ry.
The completed storyboards can be published as an animatic –
a simplified mock-up that gives the impression of how the scene
will look and feel with motion and timing – and can be shared,
embedded and linked to by the student.
Storyboard generator – Choose your Script
To help create the Choose Your Script activity, ACMI hired script-
writer Gary Simmons , storyboard artist Brendan Tolley and illus-
trator Ben McGill to create more than 90 storyboard cells from
which students can choose how they want to interpret each part
of the script.
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