Plan Your Storyboard Let's Get Sketching


A storyboard is a graphic organizer in the form of illustrations or images displayed in a sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence. The storyboarding process, in the form it is known today, was developed at Walt Disney Productions during the early 1930s, after several years of similar processes being in use at Walt Disney and other animations studios.

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Develop Your Story

We’ve provided a storyboard template for you to use as a part of your project. Remember, you only have 50 seconds to tell your story! You will need to focus the attention of your audience, as well as entertain and inform them: a challenging task!

Before you begin creating your storyboard, consider the following questions:

  1. What are the most important points of your presidential decision to show in your documentary? Hint: What was the issue that captured the nation’s attention? Why did the decision rise to the level of the president of the United States? Who opposed the decision, or what were the alternatives the president considered before making a final decision? What was the result? How does the decision impact citizens today?
  2. What is the role of the White House in your documentary? As a setting for important actions and decisions, how can you represent the President's House?
  3. Think about your audience. How can you make your topic interesting to the audience at a Washington Nationals baseball game? At your school? To an online viewer?
  4. How can you incorporate yourself or your student team and the Racing President into your documentary? This can be as simple as an introduction or wrap-up shot.
  5. Do you want to film any of your shots on location? If so, these locations need to be in the Washington, D.C. area. Keep in mind that many locations require special permission for filming. This is a typical part of planning for any filmmaker. You do NOT need to seek these permissions to submit your project but keep in mind that, generally, filming on public property (like a park or at a memorial) may be easier to do.
  6. How can you incorporate your primary source research into your documentary? Not all five primary sources need to be represented in your final product, but try to think of ways to tie in your research through images or the narration/dialogue.

Remember, your storyboard is just a starting point! If your Challenge entry is chosen as a winner, you may have to work with the White House Historical Association and Washington Nationals to make some changes when it comes to the actual production of your film.

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