- Creating a two column story table (rather than storyboarding)

Once you have story mapped and scripted your story, you will want to create some form of storyboard. Traditional storyboards generally consist of a scene-by-scene depiction of the story in pictures. Frequently each scene is accompanied by information about point of view, camera angles and other technical directions.

If you want to get an idea of the variation in storyboards, use Google Images to search for "storyboard." I just did this (date: 11/12/2010) and found these examples of very simple storyboards:  Andy's Animation example, stick figure example found on Rob's Blog, and Roshan Pantel's storyboard, each of which requires minimal "artistic" skill.

But, in this class we don't use storyboards...we use story tables

Having said all that, I do not require you to create a traditional storyboard. Regardless of kind of storyboard you might use, they are a lot of work and aren't really necessary for what you are producing in this class.

Instead, I have you create a very simple "two-column story table." In the left hand side appears the text you will record. In the right hand column appears your thoughts about the kinds of images and other media you might want the audience to see or hear as they are listening to your voice-over narration. This is your opportunity to think through how you want to match your words and your images, rather than just shoot from the hip.

The basic process for creating a story table
  1. Write your script. Write your script in Word normally, using a normal Word document.
  2. Create a table consisting of two columns. This is your story table. Put your script in the left-hand column.
  3. Chunk your text into rows. Separate your text into rows, with each row consisting of a significant "chunk" of the story. That is, create a new row wherever you think you might want to change speakers, or images we see on the screen.
  4. Describe your media in the right hand column. With your "chunked" text in the left-hand column, in the right-hand column describe the media you will need to support this; it should be directly adjacent to the text. For example, in the case of a voice-over narration, describe what the audience will be looking at on the screen as they hear your voice speaking the script that appears in the left-hand column.
An example of a two-column story table appears below. It was created using a simple table created in Word.

You can even take it the next step, by replacing the descriptions with the actual images you are going to use. At that point, you have just about everything you need to create your piece. Notice how I collected the web addresses, so I could prepare my credits for the media piece. This iteration of the storyboard might look like this: