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T351 Storyboard / Continuity Exercise

In this exercise you will create a 6-8 frame storyboard, capture footage, and edit a sequence that demonstrates your understanding of continuity. The project should also highlight your camera skills and framing techniques. Please note that this project should illustrate your mastery of continuity (not-discontinuity). In other words, no jump-cuts, split screens, or complexity-style editing.

You will shoot these during your lab time in small groups (2-3 people) If you have three people in your group, you will shoot 3 sequences, one for each group member.) Plan on shooting your own storyboard and having your group members serve as talent if needed.

Start with an idea that's do-able and tells a story- something you can shoot in an hour during lab. After you show the instructor or AI your storyboards, your group may go out and record all of your sequences. Your completed production will be due at the end of the following scheduled edit session.

Be sure to use a tripod unless you have a very good reason not to.

You will be graded on the following:

  • 6 – 8 frame storyboard. (5 points) It helps to use a template and to include a one-line description below each frame. Upload a copy to Oncourse and bring a copy to lab (Place a copy in the Oncourse/Resources folder: Storyboard/Continuity)
  • Production & edited program (15 points - shared via your IUBox 351 folder)
  • 1-page (minimum) critique (5 points - uploaded to Oncourse/Resources/"Storyboard/Continuity")

Technical Requirements

  • Minimum 6 shots - maximum of 8 shots
  • Natural sound must be used. Dialog & sound effects may be added if desired but are not required.
  • For the editing phase, import some music and make sure you can adjust levels and fade in and out as needed.
  • The show will start and end in black.

Hints for a stronger project:

  • Use the storyboard templates (available on tyhe T351 website)
  • Draw neatly (even if using stick figures)
  • Use close-ups to show key elements/story points
  • Repeat and overlap action when shooting (E.g. same action shot two different ways)
  • Don't use unmotivated pans & zooms

Oututting & turning in your Storyboard / Continuity Sequences:

You will turn in an HD-sized (1920 x 1080), self-contained Quicktime (H.264) movie saved as your username

  • Be sure not to include color bars, countdown and a slate. (I recommend setting an in point at the beginning just before you fade up from black and an out point at the end right aafter it fades to black. Once you've set an in and out point choose file -> export -> Quicktime Movie
  • Be sure it starts in black and ends in black.
  • Be sure to name the movie after your login name or IU id. (jarkraus.mov for example)
  • Place your edited, self-contained movie, in the T351 dropbox for your lab.


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