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6 Principles for scriptwriting + storyboarding

1. Identify your story

  • What does it mean?
    • Identify the tension of your story to create a hook and draw the audience in  
    • What’s unique? What is your perspective?
  • Strategies/Resources
    • Research your topic
    1. Listen/Watch examples

2. Determine the plot points

  • What does it mean?
    • Beginning, middle and end/resolution
    • Points have a logical order and flow that build.
    • Target the plot points to audience
  • Strategies/Resources
    • Script and storyboard planning
    • Background research

3. Organize and structure with intention

  • What does it mean?
    • Organize your piece so that it is presented in a way that’s understandable and effective
    • Technical aspects of writing – intro, conclusion, how to start paragraphs
    • How you present the visuals and audio that is beneficial for the audience
  • Strategies/Resources
    • Scripting and editing
    • Present it to someone who doesn’t know – does it make sense? Not just compelling.
    • Pacing, practice, and storyboard

4. Words should flow

  • What does it mean?
    • Tone + vocabulary (conversational vs academic) 
    • Consistent theme
    • Do you stumble over certain phrases? Does it sound awkward or strange?  
    • What is the pacing like?
  • Strategies/Resources
    • Practice reading aloud or record it a listen to yourself
    • Make note in the script as cues to yourself

5. Feedback is best practice

  • What does it mean?
    • Other people can share their experience.
    • Easier to change before its recorded
    • Is it engaging? Does it make sense?
  • Strategies/Resources
    • Read it aloud to a friend (or get them to read it to you!)
    • Give them things to look for
    • Ask questions

6. Create a world for your audience

  • What does it mean? 
    • Script + sound + visuals work together to create a specific experience  
    • Audience can connect with and understand the experience you are trying to create
  • Strategies/Resources
    • Tone and voice
    • Use of detail and specifics in script
    • Sensory experience
    • Add ambience with sound effects and music

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Resources to help plan your video

Link to Guide: Create a Script for Your Digital ProjectLink to Guide: Find audio and images for remixing

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