Storyboarding – An Overview

Found the video I was referencing in class yesterday… It wasn’t on No Film School after all (hence the delay!)

The important thing(s) to remember is(are) that the storyboard is:

a) pretty essential,

b) a guide to visualise your filming,

c) a working document… not a work of art! You really don’t have to be good at drawing.

If you want to use a template, a quick Google* image search for ‘storyboard templates‘ will give you plenty to choose from/adapt/etc…

Happy storyboarding!

Monday Monday…

Right people… I’m not yet cleared to come back to school. I’m going to try and speak to my consultant at PRI to get his advice, but that my take a couple of days so we’re looking at Wednesday as the best case scenario. In the meantime, I’ll need to do lots via the blog and Edmodo thanks to left handed typing and SIRI (I may even attempt to hold a pencil in my mouth as well!).

First things first, those doing Nat 5 have the first submission date on your project/assignment. This means you have to get a move on… You are welcome to come up to my room at all ours to use the PCs if necessary, just let Miss Daly know why you are in.

Second, the difference between the Nat 5 and Higher is as follows:

Pre-production phase (i.e., before you actually make your poster(s)) is petty much the same process. EVERYONE should be working on this!

Development (N5) / Development and Evaluation (H)
The main difference comes after you’ve made your poster(s)… and I’ll post more on this tomorrow, but for now let’s concentrate on Pre-Production.


Here are a series of questions for you to attempt. 5 Marks available for each as follows…

  1. Describe what you discovered during your research into Audience, and explain how this influenced your plans.
  2. Describe what you discovered during your research into Internal Institutional controls, and explain how this influenced your plans.
  3. Describe what you discovered during your research into External Institutional controls, and explain how this influenced your plans.
  4. Describe what you discovered during your research into categories, language, narrative, 
representation*, and explain how this influenced your plans.
  5. Describe what you discovered during your research into categories, language, narrative, 
representation*, and explain how this influenced your plans. (Yes, it’s the same as 4… but you’ve to do it again for a different area of research)

Points/marks are awarded as follows:

You need to describe what you found, the explain how this is likely to influence your planning.

There is 1 mark for a relevant point, followed by more marks for development of the point. The key thing is that (to quote the SQA), “Candidates may provide a number of straightforward points or a smaller number of developed points, or a combination of these.” Or in normal words, the more points and the fuller the explanations you make for each of the 5 questions, the more likely you are to get full marks…

Here’s a wee example from the SQA to show you how this works in practice:

Example: In my research into external controls I found out through the Advertising Standards Authority that children should not be made to feel unpopular for not buying a product that is advertised to them. (1 mark for description of research) This affected my plan to show one boy getting more friends than another because he had the game I was advertising. (1 mark for effect on planning) I decided to alter the narrative to show them all having fun with the game at the end so that it was the game that was represented positively, as well as both boys, not just one. (1 mark for development)

That answer would have given you 3/5. Give a second example, and you are well own your way to 5/5.

Finally, for now, the questions are up on Edmodo (Group code: sybis5) Or you can upload them/email them. I’ll be monitoring Edmodo and the Blog during the double period so will try my best to help.

PS: Don’t forget the last post on ASA and CAP.

*For Higher, there is a bit more required, but you should start by completing these questions.

ASA Decisions

Just out of interest, I have found a couple of ASA rulings on film posters (more may likely follow). Perhaps unsurprisingly, given class discussion, both posters were featured on buses.

You should read through the decisions and consider how or why the posters were on the receiving end of complaint(s)… and whether you would agree with them. (And yes, this is all INSTITUTION stuff!)

Click The Clown… you know you want to!
Click The Bus... Sin City 2 Poster Ruling
Click The Bus… Sin City 2 Poster Ruling


Assorted Posters

Here are the posters we looked at in class, plus some extras we didn’t get to. Please look through all of them, then choose one or two to analyse in a bit of depth. You can also use a poster of your own choosing if you want something newer.

What I would remind you is to remember sign/signified/colour/framing/camera/font(s)/classification/etc… In short, anything you think relevant or that you have spotted. What is good/bad about the posters…

Enjoy! 🙂

What’s The Story, Balamory?

Time to get busy while I’m in the hospital getting my picture taken. 🙂

As we started discussing in class today, you need to have the discussion about which story you are developing into the final film. Remember… you need to consider what elements you can/can’t use in your film, and you should also be story-boarding bits in preparation for the next stages…

Get busy, and I’ll be back tomorrow 🙂 (Click the pic to get the slides!)


I’ll Be Brief…

"Noooo!!!! Why did I have the beans for lunch..."
“Noooo!!!! Why did I have the beans for lunch…”

🙂 Hopefully you’re clear on this first stage of the Production… if not, ASK! I’ve added a copy of the Brief to this post, and I know most of you can read, so I’ll not repeat anything here. What I will say is that you need to be willing and able to justify any and all decisions, and in doing so, you need to draw on the coursework we are covering with regards Narrative Structures (ie: how you are choosing to tell your story), your Plot (which of Booker’s 7 Plots you are going to use), and the Characters you will introduce/use (ie: Propp is your pal!)…

You’re not daft, so you’ll be aware that there is much more to it than this, but that’s enough to get you off and running. We’ll return to exclusively looking at your production next Thursday as we’ll need to consider Audience for the first part of the week.

One Thing…

Start doing research! Think of the style/genre/movie you want to make. Can you find examples of existing media that you can emulate? It might be the style of a whole film or TV show (like Stranger Things), or perhaps just an individual scene/incident… what ever it is, make a note/find a link and be ready to share with the rest of your group/class. It’s one of those great subjects where it really is easier to show someone rather than tell them…

Anyway… HERE’s Da Brief! (See… I is down wit’ da kidz…)




Click to Download

Just a quickie… I’ve uploaded a ScreenplayChecklist (<= Click to download) that you may find useful. As well as outlining some of the conventions of screenplays, it is packed with loads of great advice and hints and tips about the filming process. It’s a PDF file so can be dropped onto an iPhone/iPad/Kindle/other generic e-reader… or failing that, drag it into school and print it out.

I cannot remember where I came by it, but I think I’m OK to share it. If not, I’ll warn you before deleting it. 🙂