Using Graphic Organizers Extends (the Ability to Produce and Use) All Sorts of Media


The use of Graphic Organizers to extend the production of media goes back to whoever introduced the storyboard concept.

With a storyboard, scenes are mapped out, and notes are attached.

This eBook contains several sample storyboard formats.

Links to Storyboard Graphic Organizers and Resources

Storyboards are used to design and produce a performance. presentation or complex communication. The storyboard keeps the writing and production on track and focused.

On the reading and receiving of the performance, presentation or communication; the audience or critic used the storyboard to map out sequence, plot and other features.

The storyboard focuses upon clarity, relationships and understanding.

An electronic presentation application (such as PowerPoint(TM)) is actually a storyboard program.

One of the issues facing paper storyboard writing is, what happens if we want to squeeze in another scene, and we have already filled up the paper? The answer is to create the initial storyboard panels on cards.

Computer technology allow us to insert one (or any number) of virtual cards into the virtual stack, or to re-order the cards at any time.

The power of revision

There is one other issue in making the transition from storyboard plan and design to production.

That is, in production, the scenes may be created in a different order than will be seen in the final version. For example, if one scene is a chance meeting in the public library, and another meeting there a year later; the production crew will shoot both scenes while they are set up. In this way, the storyboard conceptualization and flow is turned over to the project management process to optimize the actual production.

The actual production is based upon logic, not the story. For example, if the hero has a shaved head because he is in the army for one scene, and the second scene calls for him to have long hair a year later. The logic of how hair grows means that the "year later" scenes should be shot first, then the hero's head is shaved, and then the "year earlier" scene is produced.

With any complex, sequenced development, the use of Graphic Organizers is mandatory to maintain focus and to ensure that crucial components are not skipped over.