Objective: The goals of this composition assignment are (1) to plan a project for logistical efficiency and storytelling impact, and (2) to convey meaning through intentional framing, design, and placement. Among other criteria, this assignment’s grading privileges mise-en-scène, consistent screen direction, the rule of thirds, look space, headroom, and depth articulation.
Submit: Upload your storyboard as a .pdf to the corresponding D2L assignment folder.
Assessment: Your individual grade will be averaged with other project scores.
- Choose and analyze one of the following four short scripts: Affair, Espionage, Late, or Secret. In each scene, two people meet. Their meeting escalates to a climax. They withdraw.
- Because each script offers only dialogue, you will have to specify setting, character demographics, and action.
- Shot size and composition should clearly indicate the scene’s moment of highest intensity or emotion.
- Plot no more than 6 shots using the Storyboarder app. Make sure the storyboard includes spoken lines and action cues, as in this example.
- Compose in a project aspect ratio of 16:9.
- Distinguish characters from each other using body types and colors.
We’re Art majors; can we just draw our storyboards? Sure… so long as you import your drawings into Storyboarder. Pretty easy, actually. Instructions are on the app’s front page.