Here’s another storyboarding assignment. This one, we were given a fable, and told to make a faithful modern interpretation of it. The rules were:
- The characters don’t have to be animals, but they must maintain the characteristics of the animals given.
- The story must be faithful in spirit and in moral to the original – no fractured fairy tales.
- It does not have to be slavish to the original dialogue, and there’s plenty of room for re-interpretation.
- Try to flesh the story out.
So I’m going to present my storyboards without comment, followed by the original fable prompt. Then I’ll talk about what worked and what didn’t.
As one of the first assignments for a storyboarding class I’m taking, we had to make a scene based on the prompt that a baby loses a helium balloon and a grown man wants to get it back for the baby.
The restrictions were as follows:
- No dialog
- Must have a clear beginning, middle, and end
- Stakes must be raised throughout
- There must be no way out for the protagonist
I was one of two people to actually complete the assignment, and although I had a huge number of technical mistakes (due to not understanding the format of the medium), I thought I’d still put it up here. I’m going to post the pictures, without explanation, and then provide a description of the scene, afterwards – as people are supposed to be able to glean everything from the boards themselves. Granted, the boards are supposed to have some description and sound effects on them (a fact I neglected, as I misunderstood the “no dialog” edict as much stricter), but hey. See if you can follow.