Storyboard Assignment Sheet

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What is a Template?

Templates originate from builders and other craftsman who made forms and molds to serve as guides for shaping materials. Templates have since expanded to include document formatting, along with many other uses like printing and sewing. A template is a pre-formatted guide that can be used again and again. Blank templates for graphic organizers are especially useful because you do not need to recreate the same thing over and over, and they can be used for many purposes.

Basic Storyboard Template

The storyboard is usually a sequence of images in linear order to show the progression of a story. For basic storytelling, including narration, animation, and film, a straightforward template is all that is needed. Add in title and description boxes and cells as needed for the desired length and complexity.

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Templates for Educator Editions

Here at Storyboard That, we have found that our storyboard software is great for all sorts of activities in the classroom! A great place to start with students is with a ready-made template. Templates can be as basic or as detailed as you want. For a vocabulary assignment, you might just need a blank Frayer Model, but templates can also be partially completed storyboards! Sometimes it is even helpful to put instructions directly into a storyboard that all students start with!

Are there templates you would like to share? Do you have ideas for more templates you want SBT to make? Let me know!

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Students can easily use your templates to start an assignment. You save time by setting up the storyboard as you want it, with or without a completed example, and then allow students to hit the ground running! They will not have the ability to edit your original template, just make a copy of it into their own account to edit and complete.

Students cannot change your template, so there will be no issues with a student saving over the template.

Templates have their own icon on the Teacher Dashboard so you can easily access them! Use the navigation pane on the left side of the Teacher Dashboard.

Seriously, it IS that easy.

Use a storyboard template in the classroom for student activities, either printed out as worksheets or as an online activity. Add a template to an Assignment on Storyboard That for students to use as a starting point through the Teacher Dashboard. Having a template ready to go for student activities helps save a lot of time on the student creation end and helps with modifications for different learners.

Any storyboard can be printed out to be used as a blackline template for copying purposes. Check out some of the print options - you may be surprised by all of the options we offer!

You can make your own templates from a blank storyboard, but we also have a few templates already! Here are several storyboard templates Storyboard That has for different activities. Click "Create a Copy". Make any changes you want, such as changing the background color or adding cells, click "Save", and click "Convert Storyboard to Template".

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Storyboard Template - Narrative Structure

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Narrative Structure | Character Analysis | Literary Elements & Analysis | Other | Business

Storyboard Template - Character Analysis

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Narrative Structure | Character Analysis | Literary Elements & Analysis | Other | Business

Storyboard Template - Literary Elements & Analysis

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Narrative Structure | Character Analysis | Literary Elements & Analysis | Other | Business

Storyboard Template - Other

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Storyboard Template - Business

How to Make Templates for Students

Step 1: Make Storyboard

Create a storyboard according to your specifications. Add text or images, change the number of cells, change the background or text color of title and description boxes, adjust the size of each cell, etc.

Step 2: Save Storyboard

Save your storyboard. While not necessary, it may be worthwhile to name the storyboard with something generic, such as "Vocabulary Frayer Model" or "Character Map".

Any template you have in your account will have a book icon and the word "Template" next to the title.

Step 3: Convert Storyboard

After you create and save the storyboard you want to use as a template, look below the storyboard for the "Convert Storyboard to Template" button. It looks like this:

Photo Storyboard Guidelines

For each assignment you will create a storyboard using 24 photos or "frames." Successful storyboards will have a premise and theme, will show a clear three-act structure, and will be told solely in pictures. You will use a camera of your choosing for this exercise—film, digital, or disposable. A few specifics on cameras:

  • It is OK to borrow a camera from a friend or family member.
  • Digital cameras can be checked-out at the IU Main Library from the Kent Cooper room (aka Wells Library E044).
  • Disposables cost between five and ten dollars at most stores. If you use a disposable camera, be sure to ask for 3 x 5 prints, which will cut down on the number of pages you will require (you can only fit two 4 x 6 prints on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.)

Here are the various parts you will submit for this assignment:

  1. A cover sheet that includes your name, discussion section number, AI’s name, and the title of your story.
  2. Exactly 24 photographs. Submit (no more than 4 per page) in story order, mounted or printed on sheets of 8.5 x 11 paper (as shown below.) You can take as many photos as you want, but you can only include 24 in your story. The best projects take far more shots than they need, then select from the best to create a compelling story. Pay attention to framing, composition, Rule of Thirds, and the correct aspect ratio.
  3. Identify each "shot." Use the following labels to describe the shots we discussed in class: XLS, LS, MLS, MS or "two-shot", MCU, CU, XCU. If camera movement is required, be sure to indicate pan, tilt, dolly, truck, crane, hand held, or other movement. Type or print the shot label below each image in the sequence.
  4. On two of the photos, indicate how the “rule-of-thirds” applies to your composition. If necessary this can be a simple sketch on the back of the storyboard page.
  5. On a separate page, write your story's log-line, the premise, and the theme for your story.
  6. On a final page, write a one-page treatment that describes your story in detail. Use your notes and the example from "Writing Treatments That Sell" (chapter 3) for treatment formatting.
  7. All components MUST be fastened together in some fashion—bound, stapled, etc. Storyboards turned in as loose sheets will have 15 points deducted.

Late assignments WILL NOT be accepted. However, students may turn their projects in on March 21 to receive five points of extra credit. These early projects can be dropped off at Radio-TV 344 after 12:30pm on the 21st. Students may also deliver early projects in lecture class on Tuesday, March 22 or Thursday, March 24 to earn three points of extra credit.

Your pages should be formatted as follows:

Your projects will be evaluated using this rubric. Please download this document (.docx format) and review it to fully understand the expectations of the project. The points breakdown for the assignment is as follows:

PointsPhoto Storyboard Components
10Photographs (composition, efficiency, sequence, etc.)
10Screen Grammar (rule of thirds, symmetry)
10Story quality (3 act structure? Conflict? Characters?)
5Log Line
5Overall impression

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