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Week 5 | Due Sunday, April 10th

Your job for this week is to make a storyreel for Act 1 of your story.

Here's a worksheet

Kickoff Video

Week 5 Deliverable: Act 1 Storyreel (1-2 hours)

Roughly sketch the images needed to tell Act 1 of your story and put them together in a video.

Record necessary audio for your story—you do not need to add sound effects or music. Act 1 is generally the shortest part of the Story Spine, so try to keep your video under two minutes.

For more direction, try watching the examples from our Fall session.

Past Week 5 Submissions

Each team should upload one Week 5 deliverable below.

Only one individual from each team needs to upload.

Read and discuss the Story Spine feedback you received last week.

Make any changes you think will help improve your story.

Here are some exercises to help you:

Now it’s time to create your Week 5 Deliverable.

Keep in mind your story can still change in the following weeks.

Exercise 1: Minor Beats (30-60min)

Major beats are the steps in your Story Spine. You've already made these—a major beat would be something like this: "A bank is robbed."

On the other hand, minor beats are the series of events that occur in and around each major beat. 

The minor beats for that previous example would be something similar to these:

  • "Someone in a disguise walks into a bank."

  • "They sneak back to the safe and input the code."

  • "They stuff the money into a bag."

Now, look at the first three steps of your Story Spine—this is your Act 1. Take this Act 1 and flesh out each major beat into two or more minor beats. You can think of this as a first draft of your story's opening:​

  1. Once upon a time _____ 

    • Minor beat​

    • Minor beat

  2. Every day _____

    • Minor beat​

    • Minor beat

  3. Until one day _____

    • Minor beat​

    • Minor beat