When confronted with the assignment of creating a storyboard for my group’s final project, I was quite confused. Was the storyboard supposed to refer to the mechanics of the project (the WordPress site, the content), or what we were trying to convey in employing such mechanics? Luckily, one of my group members clarified; the storyboard was to refer to what we were trying to convey in employing such mechanics, the narrative of the project. Understanding this, we took to creating the storyboard, utilizing Google Slides. This is where all of our ideas came together.
While we were aware of the informative nature of our project, we were unsure as to how we would communicate such information, in terms of content. Creating the slides (what the organization is, what they do, how one can help etc.), provided us with an answer. Because our project is meant to inform readers, prompting them to take action, images and videos would be crucial in the project, for they provide the audience with the reality of the situation. Though I do find images useful, I hope that we utilize more video in the project. We can make videos of sites impacted by pollution, calling for our audience to volunteer. We can also make videos interviewing past volunteers, providing the audience with some insight to what volunteering is actually like. In the end, creating the storyboard allowed to flesh out our ideas and the materials that we need to employ them.
For our final project, my group members, Samuel, Dmitri, and I, have been tasked with creating a digital project that serves the needs of a nonprofit organization. Although we have yet to receive permission from them to do so (we are awaiting a response), we have chosen Clean Ocean Action. Clean Ocean Action is a nonprofit organization dedicated to, “improving the degraded water quality of marine waters off of the New Jersey/New York coast.” Though we are still brainstorming the aspects of our project, we have had some pretty great ideas. Because the organization already has a website, we were thinking of creating a WordPress site dedicated to volunteering (beach sweeps) with them. I hope the project takes this direction, for I believe it would prove useful in promoting the organization’s goal, as well as creating a sense of community. Having volunteered with them in the past, I can provide testimony to what the experience is like; perhaps we can capture this testimony in a video. Video will prove to be useful in our site, for it provides one with visual insight to what the experience is actually like. It will also serve as a great way to create a sense of urgency within our audience; in seeing the polluted sites of the beach sweeps, one will be moved to participate. Images will also prove useful, for we can utilize them to convey when certain volunteer events are happening.
(Image property of Clean Ocean Action)
In preparing for the project, we must create a storyboard. We can reflect this plan in our storyboard, by dedicating a number of slides to certain components of it. For example, we can dedicate a number of slides to the site (what the pages will be, the theme etc.) We can also dedicate slides to the pieces of video content we plan on creating. This will allow us to evaluate what we will need in order to fulfill our project.