Storyboarding and Mocking Up

Working on two digital pieces simultaneously will definitely not be an easy feat. As I said in my last blogpost, I am seriously technologically challenged. That being said, the process hasn’t been as terrifying as I expected it to be. For my remediation project, I’m working on a video ad campaign. Initally, I was using a website called Viddyad and the process was going smoothly. Of course, the process became less smooth when I realized I would have to pay 500 dollars to record a voice over (as I had planned) and share the ad. New plan: iMovie. Fortunately, I don’t really plan to change my storyboard because iMove can do everything (and more) that viddyad can do.

Remediation Project Original Storyboard
Remediation Project Original Storyboard


My mockup for my ePortfolio did not come as naturally to me as the storyboard for my remediation project. For the first half of class, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make the portfolio more professional–including my resume, other pieces of writing I’ve completed, and a link to my linkedin account–or more thematic. Part of me wanted to go the professional route; I’m going to be spending a lotttt of time on this, I might as well make it useful for more than class. But at the same time, I felt really passionate about continuing on with my criminal justice topic I’ve used throughout the semester. I went with criminal justice. I figured, my interests and all my papers for the minor revolve around criminal justice. If a future employer were to look at the portfolio in a professional style, it would still solely be comprised of things relating to criminal justice. 

Illegible categories include opening statement, examinations (direct and cross), and closing statement
Mock-Up of ePortfolio Home Page


I’m not very good at drawing…

To put it bluntly, writing movies is not for me. I like writing; don’t get me wrong. But I had never written anything like this and I don’t want to do it ever again. Alright, enough venting.

Just kidding. Essentially, storyboarding combined two of my least favorite things: writing movie scripts (or at least bits and pieces) and drawing. Just ask my mom: I never thrived in art class growing up. Anyways, I’ll stop venting now. I promise.

Drawing up the storyboard was shockingly helpful. It allowed me to visualize my video and really sparked the creative side (if there is one) in me. Through creating a storyboard, I was able to think about which parts of my original Michigan Daily story I wanted to use in my piece. This proved to be very helpful and made the decision process easy.

An ESPN 30-for-30 thrives on its creative interviews and scenes. The transitions prove to be critical to the story and the storyboard helped me visualize those.

Here is a lovely picture of my storyboard (hold your laughter):

This is a storyboard of my to-be 30-for-30 video
This is a picture of my lovely storyboard. Don’t laugh!




Planning isn’t my strong suit

If you want to see the hackiest storyboard ever, I’m your gal.

For my remediation project, my original intent was to take my short story (a criticism of social media) and create an infographic (or a series of infographics). I was going to make my own survey and everything – in fact, I spent a good hour coming up with a rough draft:

Screenshot of my survey.
Creatively entitled “Survey”

This was all before I realized that I hated my idea. Not that it was a bad idea, but I think it wasn’t the best for my exigence.

I started messing around with Windows Movie Maker, and I made a tiny 3 second clip that took forever to make because stop-motion animations tend to do that. Not that I’m at all familiar with making animations, but I saw the idea took shape in my mind more quickly than I could tell myself that it was a risky move that would probably take a huge time commitment in order to fulfill.

I spent the rest of the night making probably the worst storyboard you’ll ever see:

Screenshot of my storyboard. It consists of a few digital images and mostly blank boxes.
You can probably tell where I started to give up on making it visual. (Sorry you can’t read any of it. Trust me, even if you could it wouldn’t make sense.)

I learned a few things from this very wishy-washy evening of storyboarding (looks like “storyboarding” isn’t a word. It should be).

First, I hate making storyboards. Having to plan the fate of my project gives me anxiety. I know it’s supposed to get the creative juices flowing, but it has the opposite effect for me. Only when I jumped into my project (making the survey) did I realize that I didn’t like the idea. And only when I began my animation did I realize that I had an abundance of ideas for the finished project.

Second, I learned that my first idea is very seldom my best idea. I don’t need much explanation for this I don’t think.

Lastly, I discovered the difficulty of trying to make my exigence fit with a medium that just didn’t accommodate it very nicely. It would probably have been a better approach if I had embraced my exigence and chose a medium to fit it rather than picking a medium and trying to alter my exigence accordingly. This was probably pretty obvious to everyone else. Oh well.

I guess planning just isn’t my strong suit.

Can Wes Anderson Just Hire Me Now? (Storyboarding)

So I story boarded for the first time the other day for my remediation project video, and I’m pretty sure I can officially call myself a professional TV/movie screenwriting master (or not, yeah definitely not.) I haven’t really done a video for a class project before, and when I came up with this idea, I think I kind of expected to just wing it with a general script or outline of some of things I wanted my video to cover. Actually sitting down to storyboard my ideas for the first time was like the first time I actually learned to plan an essay. It definitely made me panic a bit to realize all of the details I hadn’t considered, but it was really helpful in getting my vision organized in my own head. As a self-proclaimed artist, I’m definitely a little bit embarrassed by the quality of the visual images, but they still helped me set up the scenes more easily in my head, and made me think about the best way to plan camera angles and locations for shooting. I was also forced to go back to models of videos similar to mine to get a better feel of what kinds of shots to set up and how to transition between scenes. It’s been really helpful to have a rough sketch of my ideas to reference for my script, which I can now write with clear ideas and add a lot of detail to. Maybe I should just switch majors to Screenwriting. Somebody hand me my Oscar. Kidding aside, even my rudimentary, pathetic, basic attempt at organizing my ideas has been quite helpful for tackling this project, and I’m looking forward to see it all translate to camera.

Storyboard for Remediation Project, six panels, stick figure drawings in each with captions at the bottom

Storyboarding for the Non-Artist

The very idea of storyboarding, or coloring pictures of how I want a project to eventually look like, is super intimidating to me. For one: I do not draw. I am truly terrible at it and was always that kid who was unable to draw inside of the lines (literally). Secondly: I am a terrible planner. I have broad ideas of how I want things to go but when it comes to planning things in detail, which storyboarding entails, I really struggle. I am much more the type of person to start playing with Wix, try out a format, realize I don’t like it, try again, realize I hate it, and keep trying until I get a format that I truly love. Starting out by showing how I want things to end up seems ridiculous because of how confident I am that I will change my mind.

That being said, I did force myself to draw a storyboard for my ePortfolio of one potential layout that I think represents my personality, and presents my pieces in a creative yet accessible way. I used a premade format and inserted my own photo (one of my sister blowing bubbles at our lake house this summer), inserted new text, and new names for tabs, however it is still very much a work in progress. Here is my shot at it:


Drawing of ePortfolio StoryboardFirst shot at Wix version of ePortfolio


For my remediation project, my “storyboard” hardly resembles a storyboard in that I opted out of the picture drawing deciding that a thorough text based outline would be more efficient in conveying how I want my iMovie to look. I included a rough script of text that I want to be shown on slides and different photos and video clips that I want to accompany them.

Working off of my story board and actually beginning to use iMovie has presented a new challenge. I have loved working with iMovie thus far, but after playing with it for a while, inserting different movie, tv, and news clips and intense background music, the product that I came up with ended up looking more like a movie trailer than the ethics class presentation that I had initially intended for it to model. Going forward I think I am going to have to keep trying out different fonts, sounds, and images in order to ultimately decide who I want the audience of this movie to be.

Me, the techie?

Not gonna lie, working with two unfamiliar tech platforms simultaneously this week was a little overwhelming. After settling on a Tumblr page for my remediation project, I got straight to finding and organizing content for my blog. As I said in my last post, finding advertisements, photos, videos, and news stories was the easiest part. Attempting to create an infographic about Sabra Hummus, on the other hand, was the trickier part. The latest issue I have run into is not being able to download my infographic as PDF without paying $20 plus. If anyone has any suggestions regarding how I can share my infographic for free by downloading it instead of solely sharing the link, please let me know! I’ve attached links to initial drafts of both my Tumblr page and my infographic below:

Remediation screenshot

Surprisingly, I’ve found myself enjoying the ePortfolio creation process. I came into it with a clear purpose and clear audience, which has shaped my mock-up. I want my ePortfolio to be clean, professional, and simple to navigate. I want it to be the kind of thing I can attach at the end of an email to a potential employer alongside my resume and cover letter. Thus, I definitely want to include extracurricular writing pieces as well. I’m a little worried about the challenges I’m anticipating once I start integrating actual content into my portfolio, but for now I’m liking the process of design and navigation. Here’s what I’ve accomplished as of now:!the-minor/cm8a


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No, seriously though, I’ve been playing catch up like nobody’s business for the last 24 hours. It’s really pathetic actually and I’ve realized that I need a serious turn around in my life next semester. This has gone so far past procrastination. There isn’t much I can say for myself except that I need to do better. So backtracking on this semester and following with the theme of unhelpful things I’ve done in the last three months is Storyboarding for the Re-Mediation project. Because I missed not one, but two posts about storyboarding (somehow. . . I really swear I did at least one) I just wanted everyone to learn from a mistake I made.

This is my awful storyboard:

Photo of Storyboard Photo of Storyboard

Okay, it’s not totally awful and in my head it was the greatest thing I was ever going to create. Until it wasn’t.

Sticky notes are lovely. I embrace them every chance I get. However, when it comes to storyboarding, perhaps they weren’t the best choice. I thought it would be really interactive and different if I took sticky notes and drew out the plot for my video on the front and then when you lifted them, there would be details about length of slide, transitions, music, etc. Well here was my first problem. Sticky notes are large. They do not neatly fit on a regular sized sheet of paper. But, of course I am in college and too cheap to get larger paper, so I just did this layout on three different pages. Now the rainforest hates me and my storyboard didn’t really help at all either.

The only thing I can say that went well for this idea was that the textual ideas I wanted to include were on the sticky notes. . .

Literally, that’s the only thing this format helped for. The music was in theory a good thing to include on the storyboard, but until you’re actually in iMovie, cutting together pieces, you’ll never know what’s going to fit and how long you should make the slide so it can be easily read. There was just so much I didn’t take into account and in the end it would have been better to use another method that was more suited for a video project. This would potentially have been helpful if there weren’t so many small details that I needed to consider.

But that’s life right? Live. Make mistakes. Learn. Yeah, this semester really didn’t go as planned, but I learned a lot about how to deal with next semester. I thought that by Winter semester of Junior year I’d have had that figured out. But I guess I’m learning that, too. I will likely never have it all figured out. I’m pretty sure that’s a fundamental thing about this life. You can never have it all figured out. And if you think you do, then you’re doing it wrong.

Storyboarding Part 2

MarleyKaltRemediationStoryboardI wrote before about loving the storyboard experience (mostly after the fact) of the e-portfolio, so I was actually looking forward to storyboarding my Re-Mediation project.  For this project, I was going to create a collection of animated GIFs, on the topic of gender socialization.

I planned to make a Buzzfeed-type article about breaking gender stereotypes, with most of the information presented visually through animated photos or video clips.  Creating my storyboard was pretty straightforward – I typed a list of what images or clips I wanted to find (ex: a female gamer, a boy playing with dolls).  I even had a title, “(#) People Valiantly Breaking Gender Stereotypes.”

But when I looked at my completed storyboard, I realized it lacked depth and context.  I felt that viewers would not get anything out of this project.  It left much open to interpretation and did not take a clear stance on the issue of gender stereotypes.

So, I changed my platform.  Instead of creating a single, static list, I will compile my animated GIFs into a Tumblr.  While many of the posts will still be visual, using Tumblr should give me more room to explain the issue, how the GIFs relate to each other, and will give my topic more of the depth and seriousness it deserves.

So, here’s my storyboard (please ignore the bad drawings – I promise there will be no stick figures, rainbows, or dog-like animals in my completed project).  This shows the basic layout I want to have.  It will be very simple; just one page where viewers can scroll through and see all the images I have animated/compiled.  I will also include short posts to bring in my thoughts and explanations of the topic.

If any of you have suggestions of what types of images I should include or how to make the most out of Tumblr (I had never used it before this project), I’d love your input!

Re-Mediation Story Board Screen Shots

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I chose to use a PowerPoint as the format for my story boarding process.  I thought PowerPoint would provide an easy, clear way for me to express my ideas.  I also chose PowerPoint because I originally planned to use the same format for my re-mediation; however, I think I decided that I am going to use Prezi instead.  I made this decision because I have never used Prezi, and I think it would be much more interesting to re-mediate using a program I am completely unfamiliar with, than using one I have worked with countless times throughout the years.

Back to my story board, in order to complete it, I used the research I found on marketing plans, including descriptions of what is valued in the genre, and marketing plans themselves.  Through this research, I learned that while not every marketing plan is identical, they are all generally made up of the same components.  I broke my story board down using these different components.  As you can see in the slides I attached to this blog, I explained the meaning and significance of each component and included what a company would want to see.  The Marketing Mix, and Missions and Goals are just two of the of the sections of my marketing plan.  Others include the Executive Summary, the Company Description, and the Target Market.  Although they are each presented on just one slide in my story board, my final remediation project will obviously have much more detail and information regarding each component.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with my re-mediation project, I am coming up with a fictitious small company and developing a marketing plan for them that focuses on a guerilla marketing strategy.  I have had a few ideas for a company and for a product, but I have yet to set my mind on one, which is why I did not go into greater detail in my story board.  I am close to making a decision, but any ideas and/or feedback would be very helpful


also, i can’t draw

I can’t read my own handwriting probably 72% of the time I look back on notes for school or shopping lists (I blame left-handedness) so reflecting on my storyboard should probably get me some…err… “visual literacy challenge” gamefied points…right? maybe? Okay. or not.

That said, I did enjoy the process of drawing out the overall structure and some details of what I want my infographics to convey. I thought I’d have more trouble translating the tone of my original piece (which was more anecdote-based) in graphs and pictures but it turned out to be a pretty natural transition. I was kind of inspired by Jessica Hagy’s diagrams, which were linked from one of the Digital Rhetoric Collective readings, and want to emulate that thought-provoking but funny and honest tone through charts and images. I still have some details to tweak and the actual construction will be another story but I’m excited to now work with something a little more tangible. In the midst of storyboarding I also decided that I’d like to display my final set of images on my e-portfolio in a simple slideshow format rather than using a Prezi or another presentation software (there goes software again, it’s like Big Brother), since I’d like to avoid any distracting components (transitions, voiceovers) and keep all the focus on the graphics themselves.

storyboard1And since everyone else is doing it I guess I’ll share my chicken scratch storyboard with you guys.