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Storyboarding and Script writing

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Storyboarding and Script writing
by Brant Knützen - Monday, 2 July 2018, 11:06 AM

Hello SDG Asia participants,

I added the following description of the task for the Storyboarding / Scriptwriting unit:

This unit will focus on tools, techniques, and workflow for creating a storyboard and writing a script.

Creating your Storyboard and Script

The reason we are storyboarding is to develop a plan for our video, or perhaps the overall multimedia essay, which might include the video and a supporting website with additional information (contact email, address, list of sponsors and key contacts, etc).   

Your storyboard should lay out a progression of scenes you plan to shoot.   You can script out the lines first and then do a storyboard of scenes, or do a storyboard and then write the script lines to match the scenes.   This is a personal choice: do you think more visually, or more in the written form of dialogue?

Obviously your storyboard / script / video / multimedia essay should address some issues in your project that relate to the four SDGs, but the main thing is that you are telling YOUR STORY, the story of your group project:

  • What do you want to tell people?
  • What SDG issues do you want to address?
  • What solutions or vision for a better future do you suggest?
  • What do you want people to do or feel after seeing your video?
  • How will your project make the world a better place?

Your video should probably start with a Title screen, and end with closing Credits.  What sort of transitions between scenes should you use?

  • no transition, just new angle on same scene
  • fade to black between scenes
  • "pixelate" to new scene
  • "turn the page", or spiral, or ???

Bottom line: your video and multimedia essay together should present the Who, What, When, Where, How and Why describing your project.


I have also added a link in the unit to Final Draft script writing software (with a 30-day free trial), as well as a link to 10 free script writing applications.

Also: your team should be working with Johannes at KAS to work out a list of things you want financial assistance to rent or buy.  This might include camera rental, tripod, flash / lighting, etc.  We are working out how to help you with some type of video editing software, so after you capture video you can edit the footage into a coherent story describing your SDG-related project.

Waqas has posted an example of a storyboard on the SPO group section of the Storyboard and Script creation Team Discussion forum.  Take a look and start sketching out your storyboard, or writing the dialogue for your script!

Producing a video or multimedia essay is not a simple task, but a long journey begins with simple steps towards your goal...

Best wishes for your success,