For Film and Novel: Point of View in Your Story (board)

One of the major goals when creating a storyboard is to analyze P.O.V.

(point of view)

In a film: logical details included in a scene provide information to the audience.

In a written story: details given should also be logical and plausible to the reader.

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More from csu.edu here.

Consideration of the characters’ cone of vision applies to both film and novel storyboards.

When creating a storyboard for a novel or written work, it is not necessary to create graphics (unless you want to.)


Today’s Assignment:

1. Take a look at this article from psu.edu.

Note the use of the word chiaroscuro.

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Generally the term chiaroscuro refers to visual light and dark, however, in the

written word, writers should ensure that all characters possess some

characteristics of lightness and darkness (goodness and not-so-goodness.)


2. Write down a blurb about each scene/chapter in your novel. Indicate which character’s point-of-view the reader is sharing. (Perhaps different colored sticky notes will help you with this.)

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Above you see a sticky-note storyboard with each color showing a plot thread

from Erica Ridley. (Thanks, Erica!)

3. It is not necessary to use sticky-notes. A storyboard for your novel can simply be a written list. This list should give the following information:

Chapter and name

Whose point-of-view does the reader share for this chapter?

Briefly, what is happening in this scene/chapter?

Indicate the energy/action of each chapter. Is the character happy or sad at the beginning of the chapter? What is that same character’s situation at the end of the chapter?

Is it plausible? (Some suspension of disbelief is allowed in fiction.)

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