07 Visual Narratives

Close All Laptops Please

Only the back half of the class may use their laptops.

Close all laptops please

Visual Narratives

What is a Visual Narrative?

Any narrative where we use visuals to convey the majority of the story.


Visual narratives 101.

The Photo Essay

Conveying a message or narrative purely through photography.


Just a series of images in sequence and speedy.

A03: Telling a Story

Using images and text in a series of frames, you will convey a narrative.

A03: Process

How we expect you to step through A03:

  1. Select or develop a narrative
  2. Plan your images
  3. Adapt the text to work with images
  4. Find images (from any source; but cited)
  5. Assemble in panels as story

A03: Rubric

The rubric for A03 is a bit different:

Remember Narrative

  1. Parts of narrative:
  2. Exposition
  3. Turning Point
  4. Rising Action
  5. Climax
  6. Falling Action
  7. Resolution



Our narrative sample for today.

Thriller Lyrics

What are the narrative parts?

Verse 1: It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes,
You're paralyzed

Verse 2: You hear the door slam and realize there's nowhere left to run
You feel the cold hand and wonder if you'll ever see the sun
You close your eyes and hope that this is just imagination, girl
But all the while you hear the creature creepin' up behind
You're out of time

Verse 3: They're out to get you, there's demons closing in on every side
They will possess you unless you change the number on your dial
Now is the time for you and I to cuddle close together, yeah.
All through the night I'll save you from the terror on the screen,
I'll make you see

Narrative Sampler

Working with pieces of the original narrative, assemble a larger work.

Brainstorm some variations on the narrative you found.

Anyone Can Storyboard

Storyboarding does not require an artist's skill.

Sketching Thriller

Please sketch your ideas for Thriller, and then submit them at the front.

Finding Your 'Song'

For A03 you are welcome to work with a song as inspiration, or come up with your own narrative. Do keep in mind:

Brainstorming Session

To get you started, you will now have __ minutes to come up with potential narrative ideas.

Storyboarding Session

To continue getting started, you will now have __ minutes to come up with storyboards to illustrate the narrative.

Feedback Time

  1. Discuss:
  2. What is the narrative?
  3. How is it visually conveyed?
  4. How can the narrative be made clearer?
  5. What might visually strengthen the narrative?

For next week

Please remember!

  1. Bring a camera to next week's lecture
  2. Complete A03 Draft

Framing Your Story

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