Close All Laptops Please

Only the right section of the class may use their laptops.

Project 1 Concerns

Common issues that came up

Project 2 Questions

Any lingering questions or concerns?

Telling it Visually

What is a Visual Narrative?

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


Visual narratives 101.

Remember Narrative

Parts of narrative:

  1. Exposition
  2. Rising Action
  3. Climax
  4. Falling Action
  5. Resolution

What's a Good Story?

Parts of narrative:

  1. Theme
  2. Clear narrative
  3. Captivating images
  4. 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.



  • What visual elements tell the story?
  • How do we know they are all one story?
  • What elements of narrative do we see?

The Arc of Storytelling

The Arc of Storytelling (Bobette Buster)

Spatial Connection

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


  • Creates clear 'mental map'
  • Establishes and re-establishes setting between shots
  • Can feel slow or boring if not used with interesting angles

Continuity Sample

Establishing shot

Continuity Sample


Continuity Sample

Reverse Shot

Continuity Sample


Panelling Exercise

Sketch yourself three panels that establish and re-establish a setting.

Point of View

Consider who the audience should identify with in your images.

Today's Participation

Getting feedback from your peers!

Pull out your sample work for this week. Find at least two other classmates to sit and discuss your work with. Who you haven't chatted with before.

Step 1

Introduce your topic or message, along with your audience.


Step 2

Show your drafts.


Step 3

Summarize your peer's thoughts.

Post to Canvas

Post your peer's comments to Canvas with a photo or image of your draft for this week.

Anyone Can Storyboard

Storyboarding does not require an artist's skill.

Sketching a Story

Please sketch a short 5 to 10-panel story including an exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.


The patterning of panels helps convey emphasis and time.


Adjust your storyboards to include a sense of '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.


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


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?


Integrate at least one expressive frame into your storyboards.

Implied Action

Remember that one cell can imply action for the viewer.


Working with arrangement and framing together can strengthen the narrative.


For next week

Please remember!

  1. Complete P03

Making Things Move

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