StoryBoard or Script for the Final Project

Storyboard or Script : 50 points or 5% of course grade

Take the feedback you gathered on 11/19 and revise your plans accordingly. Then, you will submit the storyboard or script (choose ONE) to your blog by 11:59 pm on Tuesday 11/24 

Basic Instructions: The Story Board or Script (whichever method you choose) should provide a blueprint for how your interpretive essay will look and sound. It should introduce your subject, characters, and setting and outline the thesis you hope to convey.

  • What do you want your audience to take away from their encounter with the range of materials you plan to use?

It should address matters of content but also matters of form, and it should explicitly articulate the connections between graphical, textual and audio-visual elements of the story.

  • How are your words, pictures and films or sounds going to be orchestrated to achieve the desired effect?
  • How will you arrange things on the screen and how will you signal to your visitors the various paths they could take through the material?
  • How much freedom of choice will you give readers to meander through the story, and how much control will you (need to) exert?

StoryBoards may be hand drawn or created using a digital tool like StoryBoardThat (, (, tablet drawing apps, or free mind-mapping software (see this LifeHacker blog post for 5 good options:

They should begin with your subject and your thesis. They should then take viewers through the course of the story:

  • How many different sections will there be? What material will each section consist of (words, images, video, audio, graphics, or some combination?)?
  • How will the sections be organized or ordered in relation to each other (chronologically; according to character, setting or theme; according to causes and effect or some other logical pattern, etc.)?
  • How will you signal to your readers the paths available through the material (using what mechanisms–links, arrows, hooks, horizontal rules, tables, paragraph indentations, other?)?

Scripts should contain two parts:

  • Part 1 should outline the expository narrative you plan to use to guide movement through the materials (What is your subject and thesis? How will you go about supporting it, using what logical moves? How many sections will the project have and which evidence will go in which section?).
    • You need not write a complete draft of the essay for this part of the script; simply identify the different sections, the content you plan to use there and the aims you intend to accomplish. (“Section one: introduces the topic and argues that . . .” “Section two: provides biographical background on the main character Mrs X; in it readers will learn about a, b, c and how these events helped shape her life;” “Section 3: provide broader historical context; it provides information about gender and sexual mores in that time period and looks at legal cases related to property ownership and women’s rights (or lack thereof); this will help viewers see how Mrs X’s choices were to some degree “forced” by the circumstances surrounding her; etc.)
    • “Chunk” the information and arrange it according to a logical progression, so that each chunk builds toward your thesis/conclusion.
  • Part 2 of the script should outline the audio-visual elements to accompany this narrative. What images, graphics, videos or sound clips will you use and in which sections? How will these elements be integrated into and commented upon in the narrative? How will they reinforce, develop or expand the argument?
    • For the Script I’d recommend taking a series of notebook pages and dividing them in two vertically; place the narrative outline (part 1) on the left and the audio-visual outline (part 2) on the right. Locate elements of part 2 next to those elements of part one they are meant to modify or develop.