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There are three different example scripts to choose from,
demonstrating the conventions a nd aspects of different genres:
Ambushed, the horror script; Saturday Morning at Sloth House,
comedy; and Love is in the Air, roma nce.
Students are e ncouraged to read and understand the differ-
ent elements of the script before they attempt their storyboard.
The script contains different symbols – clicking on each symbol
opens up explanatory notes about the script’s layout and format-
ting conventions and notes about the script’s genre and narrative
Students can then start creating the storyboard by browsing
through the available storyboard cells and choosing the one they
would like to use to interpret each section of the script (the script
breakdown). Each storyboard cell has the option of wide shot,
mid shot or close up. In addition, students can overlay a choice of
four camera movements on to the shot: zoom, pan, tilt or hand-
held effect. These shots and camera movements then play out in
an animatic that students can save and share with friends by link
or embed code. They can also print out a PDF version. As further
scaffolding for the activity, there is a version that ACMI ‘prepared
earlier’ which is one full interpretation of the script with explana-
tory notes for why each shot was chosen in the context of the story.
Storyboard generator – Build your own
An important consideration i n the design of the Storyboard
Generator was the desire to give students the tools to apply what
they had learned about storyboarding concepts by creating their
own script and storyboard from scratch without the need to
draw each cell individually. The Build Your Own activity allows
students to type their own script; import background location
photographs from the free media library, either by using existing
images or by uploading their own; create camera shots using sil-
houette male and female characters; and add camera movements.
The finished animated storyboard can again be saved, shared and
printed as a PDF version.
Both versions of the Storyboard Generator allow for play, mis-
takes and experimentation to encourage a deep engagement with
the concepts and practice of storytelling on the screen.
Other storyboarding resources include an article on story-
boarding methodology and a series of production tips.
more to come
The success of the projects funded by the Victorian Depart ment of
Early Childhood Development and Education have led to another
round of educational online resou rces being produced, this time
by an expanded group of organisations. This year, ACMI is pro-
ducing a new website and mobile project focusing on storytelling,
geolocation and the experience of place. The challenge continues to
be working out authentic ways of embedding digital technologies
into the educational experience. One of the key ways to achieve
this is to ensure that the people who lead the tra nslation of the
educational pedagogy into digital experiences work closely with
and listen to educators a nd respond to their needs throughout the
conception, design , production and evaluation of the resou rces. T
Sara Cousins was the Digital Producer for ACMI Generator.
She is currently producing ACMI’s new online and mobile
project due to launch later this year.
ACMI Generator recently won Best Overall Website and Best
Education Website at the international Museums and the Web
2011 conference Best of the Web awards.
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