Monday, December 21, 2020

Scene & Emotional Storyboards

 Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, they say. When writing a play (or story) you might find it useful to see what the action of your scene might look like. For those of you who need a more visual representation of the action, plot, setting, character arc, or character emotional journey in a scene or act of your play, try storyboarding.

Storyboards are used primarily in film to help designers "picture" what a shot or scene might look like. But we can also use them to see the status quo, the inciting incident, the rising action, the turning point, the dark moment, the enlightenment, the climax, the falling action, and resolution of our story. We can also use them to show the change in emotion for a character in a scene to help us create dynamic characters. These can be done with words as much as pictures, if you'd like (or are afraid of drawing stick figures). Emotional storyboards can be used to track the emotional journey of a character or characters in a scene. They can also be used to show the physical action of the characters or actors on stage for directors or writers. See the attachments below to help you set up your own storyboards if that will help you unstick and progress in your writing process.

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