Storyboarding is a crucial tool for filmmakers before the camera is even turned on, whether for documentary, animation, live action or interactive projects.  The purpose of a storyboard is to translate your initial ideas and visions into a cinematic language using specific cues, notes and symbols that inform you (or your camera operator) what images to capture.  Is this a close-up, or an extreme close-up shot?  From what angle do you envision this shot--a high or eye-level shot?  Is this a static shot, or is the camera moving at all for a pan, tilt or tilting shot?  What music or dialogue do you want for this sequence, if any?

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I was invited to teach at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario this past week to teach 60 Photography students how to Storyboard their first film through their "Expanded Image" class, and I was thoroughly impressed with their creativity.  It was a challenge for many of the students to understand camera movement, as they are far more comfortable with the static image, but what a rich array of film projects and ideas.  Their completed films are all due this week, and I cannot wait to see them all. :)  A big thank you to Elisa Gonzalez for inviting me, and to Clare Samuel for hosting.

This Friday I will be a guest teacher for 50 Cégep students in the New Media program at Cégep Champlain, where I will be presenting my past radio journalism work with CBC and a variety of community radio stations, plus presenting a sample of radio and podcast formats, which will help inform their future radio journalism projects.   I'm really excited to meet them all, and hear what they have to say about what I'll have them listen to.

If you are interested in learning about having your own media workshop with Hands On Media, please contact us at #514.659.3814 or info@handsonmediaeducation.com and we look forward to hearing from you!