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:
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:
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.