During last week’s session of the Digital Storytelling Workshop, David (6) and Daniel (5) worked to produce a written script after Blaze and the Monster Machines, the popular cartoon that shows on Nick Jnr. The outcome was pretty impressive given I’d only just introduced them to the Digital Storytelling process.
Session 2 of our Digital Storytelling Workshop continued from where we left off in the introductory session. Gauging the interest and excitement of a kid is pretty obvious. Thus, when David walked in with an exercise book containing a fleshed-out version of the script he’d written during the previous session, I knew we’d scored a point with session 1.
For session 2, we had to come up with a storyboard of the script. Simply put, a pictorial representation of the written script. Ideally, a storyboard need not be pretty but let’s just say, it took a bit of convincing with the kids.
Teaching a kid to draw is easy. Getting a kid to appreciate a sketch is pretty challenging. There had to be a way to translate the written script into simple drawings. After much convincing that the sketches didn’t need to reflect the real characters in look and feel, David settled into his role of storyboarding. Daniel did do his bit too.
As some of us already know, virtually every drawing is a mock up of basic shapes – circles, squares and rectangles. That’s how we got the image of a Blaze the truck together. Same way we got the image of Ej too.
In hindsight, with the finished version of the workshop, we’ll come to appreciate these very sketches.