Film as Text – Storyboard Template

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A simple two frame beginning to get students using storyboards in English to flesh out ideas.

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A simple two frame beginning to get students using storyboards in English to flesh out ideas.

Using storyboards in the English classroom does not only have to occur when studying film.

Give students the option of sketching their ideas and thoughts before translating them into writing. This way they have something to act as a kind of scaffold and they are not paralysed by a blank page.

The beauty of storyboards is that they are not meant to be high art, they are sketches and they can be notated with colours (adjectives)actions (verbs) and other information that will then be included in the writing.

If you are using storyboards for the first time and in a film unit then the following can be a useful exercise.

In note form:

  • Have the students come up with an idea for a film.
  • Get them to think about what archetypal narratives they will be drawing on.
  • Encourage them to think about they are going to position the audience to view the main characters.