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1. Introduction to Storyboards


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Hey, animators.

Welcome to activity two of Google CS First animation.

In this project, you will create a storyboard with four animations and review how to use Scratch.

You will use the computer science concept of broadcast to create this project.

Broadcast sends messages from one sprite or part of a program to another, telling them to start running code.

This project will use broadcast to move from one storyboard animation to the next.

In animation, a storyboard is a set of drawings used to convey the main idea of a story.

Storyboards are usually unfinished sketches that convey the main actions that will take place.

Animators use storyboards to quickly sketch out the main scenes, concepts, and characters in a story.

Storyboards set the initial design of an animated piece, so animators can plan their work.

Storyboards originally started as a series of paper drawings.

Today, animators often use software built by computer scientists to create their drawings.

The software then loops through the drawings into a film story.

Storyboards are used throughout the creation process.

Once the animators determine the main aspects of a story, they fill in the scenes between each sketch making more and more storyboards.

In this project, you will create a storyboard with four panels.

The four panels represent the four typical parts of a story.

The introduction, rising action, falling action, and conclusion.

Use one panel in the storyboard for each part in the story.

The introduction sets up the story, the rising action presents the problem, the falling action solves the problem, and the conclusion wraps everything together.

The starter project contains a series of backdrops.

Each backdrop has four panels that you will use as settings for the story.

To begin working on the storyboard, open the starter project by clicking on the link next to this video.

This opens Scratch in a new window.

Sign into Scratch using the sign in information in your CS First passport.

Click the remix button.

Take a moment now to make sure you are signed in to the CS First website using the username and password from your passport.

If you are not signed in, you won't receive a digital badge for completing this activity, so be sure to sign in.

Now it's your turn.

Click the starter project link next to this video and sign in with the information from your passport.

Click the remix button.


  1. Click the starter project link.
  2. Click remix and sign in using the username and password in the club passport.
  • "Animator Joanna Quinn on Drawing" by National Media Museum ( -- Licensed by Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (
  • "Comment Qu'On Fait Un Storyboard de LASTMAN [TUTORIAL]" by balak ( -- Licensed by Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (
  • "Animated first half of moving storyboard period 7" by Danique Welmer ( licensed under CC-BY 3.0 (
  • "Moving Storyboard Period 7" by Danique Welmer ( licensed under CC-BY 3.0 (
  • "Norman McLaren drawing on film - 1944" by Jack Long/National Film Board of Canada ( -- Licensed by Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported (