Friday Freebie: Create a Storyboard with StoryBoardThat!

Yesterday, I had a wonderful day of training in my "Lights, Camera, iPad" class. I had ten teachers in the class and we explored using iMovie on the iPad to create original movies. In addition to learning the app, we also spent some time learning about "movie making".

Together we explored camera angles, camera shots, panning and zooming, lighting, and frame composition. We also talked at length about the power of storyboarding your movie first.

Wikipedia defines storyboards as "graphic organizers in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence." I define it as good planning!

When given a video project, I find that too often students jump straight to filming figuring they can "wing it" and "make it up as they go along." By asking them to storyboard first, we emphasize good planning and development and the resulting videos will reflect that.

Now, if you're anything like me, your storyboards end up being a lot of stick figures and poorly drawn bakgrounds! This morning I did a quick search and came across a great site to create storyboards online. The site is StoryBoardThat. It allows you to easily create panel style storyboards and comes loaded with a slew of backgrounds, characters, outfits, dialogue call outs, direction boxes, and more. You can even upload your own images for use in your storyboards!

Your final product can be saved (after you create your free account). It can then be printed, downloaded as image files, or even downloaded as a PowerPoint file! A free account only lets you create three storyboards a week, but that's still a lot of storyboarding!

Of course, there are some paid premium options. One them is especially inviting for teachers. For only $24.95 a year you can create a class account for up to 50 students or $29.95 annually for 100 students. If you're an Edmodo user, you can purchase the app for your Edmodo account!

So, get to StoryBoardThat and get planing!


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