Storyboarding a Silent Story

This project is a bridge between the work you’ve been doing with graphic design and websites and the work you will do with video.


On a professional movie a storyboard shows every shot. This is because shooting a movie is expensive. Most filmmakers can’t afford to make decisions as they go along. They need to plan in advance. By having a storyboard they know what the location is, who/what is in the frame, and the framing of the shot (close-up, medium, over-the-shoulder, wide shot, etc.).

You will generally create your storyboard by drawing with pen or pencil. You do not have to be a great artist to create a storyboard. There are two important things you need to show: Size of the Figures in the Shot; and Screen Direction. Mr. Machtay will show examples (


  • Go to pickupdropoff > machtayh > pickup and get the file called storyboard.psd.
  • You will fill your storyboard file with images you find on the internet.
  • Create a story using 8 images. Re-size and crop the images so they fit within the 8 frames on the page.
  • NO WORDS! Mr. Machtay should be able to follow your story without reading any words.
  • Make sure your name is on the file.
  • When you are complete save your file as a JPG and put it in dropoff.


  1. The class will form into 4 person teams.
  2. You will work together with your teammates to create a storyboard for a short video.
  3. This video will show someone going from one side of the courtyard to the other side. Something happens to that person as they head across the courtyard. Make it interesting.
  4. You must include the following shots in your storyboard (as explained by Mr. Machtay):
    • Wide Shot (establishing shot)
    • Medium Shot
    • Close-up
    • High Angle Shot
    • Low Angle Shot
    • Point of View (2 shots)
    • Pan
    • Tracking Shot