VIC Visual Storyboard Narrative – English Assignment

Please read the instructions very carefully, as it’s very detailed. Please use the given situation for your storyboard. Do not make up an original situation for this assignment.

Students often ask me that if you are to select images from the web, how can you represent the same two people if many of those images will be of different people. Any image of a young man will represent John, a young lady will be Linda, an older lady might be Linda’s mom, and police, mechanics, truck drivers, hookers, psycho killers, vampires, zombies, and aliens will be denoted by their uniforms, clothing and/or appearance. You may execute this assignment by finding PHOTOS (not cartoon images) on the web, drawing your own illustrations, or staging digital photographs with yourself and your friends—be sure to set your camera’s resolution to medium or low—high or extra-high will result in a file that cannot be uploaded due to storage and bandwidth limitations.

Purpose:

To create a visual storyboard for a narrative involving a couple stranded on a road trip. The following skills and knowledge are essential to success in your professional life beyond this course:

Skills:

  • Selecting and arranging images that express the plot, theme and characters in the story.

Knowledge:

  • Selecting images that communicate emotions.
  • Selecting images that express action.
  • Selecting images that express the passage of time.
  • Selecting images that express intangibles, such as hunger.

Task:

Create a visual storyboard expressing what happens to a couple stranded on a road trip. Select and arrange images that complete the story from the point where the opening narration leaves off. DO NOT STORYBOARD THE OPENING NARRATION. All steps are highly unique to your specific project, therefore problem-solving and critical thinking skills are necessary.

  1. Please view LinkedIn Learning: “Learning Graphic Novel Storyboarding” with Ben Bishop and “The Storyboard Artist’s Life” with Darin McGowan, (Links to an external site.) “Psycho Shower Scene StoryboardActions” and “Comics—Not Just for Laughs (Links to an external site.),” before starting this project.
  2. Read the paragraph below. It sets the stage for you to complete the story using a visual storyboard—a sequence of still images deliberately arranged to represent the events of a story to be filmed, in the order they will be finally edited and screened; for example, as in Saul Bass’s Psycho Shower Scene Storyboard.
    • Memorial Day—the unofficial start of summer. John and Linda had been anticipating the time off from work. John is a teacher and Linda is a bank teller. They live in Miami. They had made plans to visit Linda’s mom in Orlando and maybe go to Disney World or Universal Studios during the three-day weekend. On Thursday night, they had packed their bags for a three-day excursion, and as soon as they got off from work on Friday afternoon, they were on the road. It was a trip they had made many times before, but this time it would be different. Sawgrass fires forced I-95 and the Turnpike to shut down for long stretches. They had to get off the main highway and seek alternative routes. With heavier than usual traffic on a holiday weekend, what was normally a four-hour trip extended late into the night. Then the car’s left front tire blew out, and they had to pull over in an unfamiliar town. Both John and Linda’s cell phones were not working…
  3. Write an outline expressing what will happen to John and Linda FROM THE POINT WHERE THE NARRATION LEAVES OFF—THIS OPENING NARRATION WILL NOT BE STORYBOARDED. ALSO, DO NOT INVENT A DIFFERENT OPENING SITUATION (PLEASE CONTINUE THE STORY OF THE STRANDED COUPLE).
  4. The goal of the story is to create an emotional experience for the audience by identifying with the main characters by creating empathy. Be sure to include emotions and experiences that might be familiar to the audience—mostly young adults in college, like yourself.
  5. Conflict occurs when the main characters encounter, and must overcome, obstacles. The story winds down after all the conflicts are resolved. In the movies, the guy and girl live happily ever after—The End. Make your story resolve the conflicts in the plot—or not, the couple might be unable to reach their destination due to unforeseen circumstances. Don’t end the story abruptly after the required number of slides (24), but let the audience understand what happens to them.
  6. Think about how you can reveal time, wind, or hunger—things that cannot be naturally shown in visual form.
  7. Search Unsplash.com, Pexels.com, Google Images, flickr.com, iStockPhoto.com, or other online sources of photographs for images to complete the story. Alternatively, your storyboard may be hand-drawn (as was Saul Bass’s storyboard for Psycho), then digitized. As another alternative, you may stage some of the scenes of the story with your friends, then photograph with a digital or mobile phone camera (at medium or 1024×768 resolution—NOT HIGHER). In any case, import the images to PowerPoint, where they are to be arranged in sequence to express the details of the story.
  8. The story must make sense visually, WITHOUT the use of verbal messages.
  9. You must show a sequence of events—for example, a sunset to symbolize day turning into night, or people walking to signify that they are going somewhere. Show all the steps; don’t abbreviate anything. For example, don’t just show the couple walking through the woods, and then suddenly they’re in their hotel room. Instead, take time to flesh out all the steps, showing a hotel exterior, then an interior of the hotel lobby, the couple talking to a desk clerk, and the bellhop taking them to their room. This is only an example. Your story might not even involve the couple making it to a hotel room. The point is to not skip any steps.
  10. Select and arrange images that express the subtle nuances of your story’s events LITERALLY and UNAMBIGUOUSLY. Symbolic images, such as clip art, logos, or icons (like a lightbulb expressing a bright idea) are NOT ALLOWED!!! Don’t use smiley faces, the “no” symbol (a red circle with a diagonal red bar through it, used in “no smoking” and in road signs), or other symbolic images. Don’t use cartoons.
  11. The first slide must contain the following information:

Student’s NameVIC3400—Visual Design for Globalized MediaProject Assignment 6—Visual Storyboard NarrativeModule 11, Assigned Week of _______ (start of Module 11)<<The title of your visual story>>

  1. The second slide must contain the opening narration from the bullet point immediately after step 2 (see above). DO NOT STORYBOARD THE OPENING NARRATION. YOUR VISUAL STORYBOARD MUST BEGIN WHERE IT LEAVES OFF. DO NOT INVENT A DIFFERENT SITUATION (ONE NOT INVOLVING THE STRANDED COUPLE). PLEASE USE THAT ONE SPECIFICALLY.
  2. Use at least 24 frames to complete the remainder of your story outline. Arrange them in sequential order in a PowerPoint presentation.
  3. Use ONLY ONE image per slide.
  4. Upload files in the following formats only: Microsoft PowerPoint documents (.ppt or .pptx), Apple Keynote (.key), Adobe Reader files (.pdf), or a series of numerically-named JPEG image files (.jpg). If the file takes too long to post to the discussions or assignment drop box, please upload it to your Google Drive, click Share (Anyone with the Link), and post the Sharing Link in the discussions and assignment drop box.
  5. Post your first-draft storyboard in the Module 11 Discussion Forum for reciprocal, constructive feedback from classmates and instructor.
  6. Incorporate any changes suggested by your classmates if you feel it will improve your work, and post a revised draft storyboard in the Module 12 Discussion Forum, for more reciprocal, constructive feedback.
  7. Incorporate any last-minute changes before uploading your final storyboard to the Assignment 6 submission button (click “Submit Assignment” above).

Criteria:

  • Solution is a visual storyboard, completing the opening narrative of the stranded couple WITHOUT storyboarding the opening narration, and WITHOUT inventing a new situation (you MUST use the storyline involving the stranded couple).
  • Storyboard consists of at least 24 slides (found images, original drawings, or staged photos with friends) to complete the story of the stranded couple.
  • Storyboard must display ONLY ONE IMAGE PER SLIDE, and continuing the storyline involving the stranded couple.
  • Images must express the action, events, and emotions LITERALLY, not symbolically (clip art, cartoons, logos or icons are NOT allowed), and slides contain NO VERBAL MESSAGES, and continuing the storyline involving the stranded couple.
  • Sequential narrative must not abbreviate any steps, but rather show all steps that take place in an event; for example, entering a hotel and renting a room—not a jump-cut from walking in the woods straight to a hotel room, and continuing the storyline involving the stranded couple.
  • Sequential narrative must convey empathy (emotional connection to the human characters), conflict (problems that need solving) and resolution (whether good or bad).
  • Sequential narrative “wraps up” after the conflict is resolved. The storyboard does not continue long after the conflicts have been resolved.
  • Student posts first- and revised-drafts in the Module 11 and 12 Discussions, respectively, and participates in a critique.

Rubric – Attached

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