Storyboards and mock-ups, mock-ups and storyboards…oh what tantalizing fun. For my remediation project, turning a short story into 2-3 film trailers, the storyboards are crucial. Having an outline of the kind of shots I want to have and what I want in the shots gets me decently far along. Making my mock-up for the ePortfolio was another really important process, giving me much clarity into exactly how I want my website to look.
Making a storyboard for a film trailer is no easy task. Though it’s much shorter than an actual movie, there are still a large amount of shots – they just only last for a couple of seconds. Including when words appear on screen, there are roughly 25-35 shots in each trailer, all with different camera angles and lengths. For this reason, the storyboard is incredibly important. I at first had no clue how I wanted to match up my short story onto a trailer. Did I want to do it chronologically? How much of the plot could I give away? These were questions I struggled with before making the storyboard, but became much clearer thereafter. Having that solid framework to go off makes the process much easier, so now it’s just a matter of figuring out how to actually do it.
When I made my ePortfolio proposal, it was essentially a broad description of what I wanted my website to be like. There were no specifics, so when we were told to draw our “dream” ePortfolio onto a poster I was basically a deer in the headlights. I thought about it for a bit – my basic ideas of a simple, elegant homepage with a quote I liked perhaps – and then just started drawing (if you can call it that). I had my basic headings and such, then my name, then my quote, then my horrendously drawn picture of a beach (see to the right), and all of a sudden I had a semblance of a mock-up. Then, when I went back to the website to work on it, I had a much better picture in my mind of what I wanted to do. In conclusion – go storyboards!