................................... Create a "How To Video"

Part A: Preproduction

Assignment # 1 - Develop the Story using a Mind Map...

Assignment # 2 - Understand Camera shots and Angles...

Assignment # - 3 Create a Story Board

1- BRAINSTORM and create a 'concept and treatment ' and ideas on how will tell this story...

Assignment # 1:
Complete Mind Map to help organize and develop your wonderful idea and concept, illustrating how you will tell this story.

Choose one of these or make your own Mind Map Template


CREATING A STORY WORTH TELLING is easily the hardest part of the summative. This isn't a writing class, but if you can write creatively and write with the animation medium in mind, you'll produce better products to showcase your skills. Story telling is an ART, but OBSERVE what works, and you can learn some TECHNIQUES that will make you more effective at writing

PREPRODUCTION Steps to creating the story

1. Identify a NEED - Identify your CLIENT
  • Who are you doing this production for?
  • What are THEIR objectives? constraints? deadlines? boundaries?

2. Choose your GENRE or PURPOSE
  • Educational
  • Art or Entertainment
  • Promotional
  • Documentary

3. Choose your TARGET AUDIENCE
  • By Age
  • By Vocation
  • By Interest
  • By Habits

4. Brainstorm your CONCEPT in a Mind Map
  • What is the message?
  • What is the "Catch"

Once the script is intact, the concept can be "storyboarded"

2- Understanding Camera Angles and Shots

Assignment #

Complete the attached Camera Shots and Angles, key terms worksheet. Google the terms to find picture to describe the angles and shots.

Sample of camera shots:

3- Make a Storyboard, tell it with little visual pictures...and work out the details

Assignment #3 Story board templates
Complete Storyboard visual plan with details about set, angles camera shots and other key directions.

Sample Storyboards:




The storyboard is
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  • A “Visual Script” for your production, looking very much like a comic strip version of the story.
  • A production “Blueprint” for your crew to follow.
  • A detailed list of the assets you need to create: graphics, video, dialogue, sound effects, text etc.

The storyboard is intended for
  • The “studio” for approval before production is started
  • The production crew, to assemble the assets

  • BRAINSTORM the original story idea or “Concept”
  • WRITE a script or outline for the story
  • STORYBOARD the script

  • To work out and discuss your ideas, and to fix bad stories before they get made
  • To visualize how your production will look, and get creative with shots and action
  • To describe how your production is sequenced, and act as a step by step guide to making and shooting your film
  • To plan where and what type of additional sound effects or dialogue will be included

  • Put your shots and scenes of your storyboard in an order that tells your story clearly.
  • Plan your story so that the visual images and the script can be clearly understood by reading your storyboard.
  • Plan your production in the most interesting and appealing way possible for the audience.
  • Plan not only what happens in each shot, but also how fast or how slow you want it to happen.
  • Eliminate unnecessary or repetitive shots and add missing shots. Cut long boring shots and break them down into shorter more interesting shots.
  • Ensure that there is a smooth, clear, logical flow from shot to shot and scene to scene.