08 Framing Your Story

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Framing Your Story

The Readings

Some of you may have noticed the readings are more about film than static images. This is for good reason, as many of the same principles apply.

What's a Good Story?

  1. Parts of narrative:
  2. Theme
  3. Clear narrative
  4. Captivating images
  5. Good text+image relationship


Does your story have a theme that the audience can identify with? Not all stories have themes, but it can be helpful.

Clear Narrative

Conflict, resolution and interesting characters. Tell it in a way that builds drama.

Captivating Images

Images should create the story world for your audience, and should elicit an emotional response.

Text + Image Relationship

This should add depth, not repeat what is in the images. We should have to both look and read to understand.

The Arc of Storytelling

By Babette Buster

Spatial Connection

We should be able to mentally connect one image and the next.

Deductive Continuity

Deductive Sample

Establishing shot

Deductive Sample


Deductive Sample

Reverse Shot

Deductive Sample


Point of View

Consider who the audience should identify with in your panels.

Audience in Situ

Where is the audience in relation to the scene?

Panelling Exercise #1

Sketch the following:

Panelling Exercise #1

Discuss the following:


The patterning of panels helps convey emphasis and time.


Order of Reading

Please remember that in the English we read from left-to-right, top-to-bottom.


This helps us understand the causal connection between events. Otherwise known as cause, and effect.


How might changing the order alter our understanding of the narrative?

Panelling Exercise #2

Sketch the following:


Frames help convey progression of time. Different styles can help heighten the message.


Frames should help support the narrative.


What effect does no frame have?

Panelling Exercise #3

Sketch the following:


Remember that arrangement and order can help imply action for the viewer.


Working with arrangement and framing together can strengthen the narrative.


Working with arrangement and framing together can strengthen the narrative.


Sketch out a structure for your panels. Consider:

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