Storyboards: the Graphic Organizers used to Structure Scripts, Programs, Plays and Videos

The Graphic Organizers that are used to plan, design, manage and produce all types of performances are called "Storyboards."

Storyboards are reusable tools that provide a "detailed plan-and-design overview" of the program or performance.

This dual view may seem like a paradox, but it is not. This is not a paradox because Storyboards provide both an inductive (general to the specific) and deductive (specific to the general) vantage point for performance and program planning. (Talk about value and benefits. Wow!)

Storyboards are the design tool that keeps the performance in focus.

Storyboards are the communication tool that ensures that all members of the production team understand both the top, wide and panoramic view; so that they can (flesh out, work out, harmonize) the details of the project.

Comprehending the project's "Overview," means that project team members can...

  • Perform their individual jobs (Application)
  • Solve problems and make decisions (Analysis)
  • Put together their own mental maps so that they can anticipate needs and trouble [mitigate risk] (Synthesis)
  • Predict and judge audience needs so that they can provide benefits from the performance (Evaluation)

If you judge that we value the Storyboard as one of those complex Graphic Organizers that needs to be used all the time in almost every classroom, you inferred correctly.

You can start now, using the Storyboard tools that we provide in this eBook.

You may develop other Storyboard formats and templates as you gain experience.

Be sure to integrate "Brainstorming" using concept maps into your Storyboard planning.

Then, use project management skills to map out the steps for the production.

A Low-Tech/ High-Tech Process

A blending of Low-Tech and High-Tech procedures seems to be the most efficient method of building the Storyboard.

Low-Tech components include: index cards, sticky notes, string, tape, sticky-tack putty, markers, chart pads, etc.

High-Tech components include: word processing, presentation, and graphics software...even script writing software.

Links to eBook resources

Cards (PDF)
Storyboard planning cards
Other resources