Create a storyboard

Once you know your story and have all your material at hand, it’s time to plan out your digital history. What do you want it to look like? What footage, audio, photos or animations will you include? Will you use a voiceover or narration or use text? Maybe a mix of all three? What order will everything go in? What will be the opening scene? Will it be short or will it go for the full three minutes?

There is no one right way for your digital history to look. It’s completely up to you and will largely depend on what material you have available.

Some ideas include:

  • A series of images with the interviewee telling the story in their own voice (see this example) or you narrating the story.
  • A series of images with text.
  • The interviewee speaking directly to the camera (with or without images shown at relevant parts). See this example.
  • Using animation software to bring together text and images and footage. See this example.
  • Any combination of the above – or something completely different. Be creative!

Use a storyboard

A storyboard is an outline of your digital history from beginning to end that shows what will be in each scene and in what order the scenes will appear. It’s a great way to plan your video and will make things a lot easier when it comes time to put everything together.

We’ve created a blank storyboard template (doc, 52KB) for you to download and print.

Here’s how to use it:

  • Each box represents a scene.
  • Draw a basic sketch (stick figures and rough shapes are okay, it does not have to be exact) to show what is happening in each scene. If you’re not comfortable drawing, you can write a few descriptive words (eg, close up of Mary talking).
  • In the space to the right of the box, add notes about what information is being given in the scene (eg, Mary talks about coming to Australia on the boat), how it is being presented (photos of Mary with her voiceover talking about the trip), how long the scene will go for, and any other relevant information.
  • Remember to include title screens and end credits.

Tip: If you need to get lots of information across, consider using text or a voiceover to give a summary. This is a particularly useful way to give background information at the beginning of your digital history.

Just remember that your digital history must not be longer than 3 minutes. This includes a title screen at the beginning, and credits at the end where you list your sources.

Everything in your video must be original work (created by you) or work that you have permission to use. See Using and sourcing material for guidelines.

Once your storyboard is complete, you can edit and upload your digital history.