Writing and Text

Writing Visual Narratives

Below is narration written for a short (30 second) animation. When writing like this, A separate version with audio descriptions is not needed because the 'where' and 'when' is included in the dialogue or voice over. In this example a four part story and a three part social framework is also integrated.

Scene 1

I'm a local citizen walking in a parade, shaking hands and saying to anyone who will listen; "Vote for me and I'll work hard to provide a great education for our kids"

  • The visual narrative component is: walking in a parade, shaking hands
  • The story component is: Life in balance (the world in its normal state)
  • The social component is: Our tribal nature (the sense of belonging to a group, in this case, a member of the community, srtiving for leadership thorough participation in a local parade).

Scene 2

Woot! I got elected and here I am sitting at the far end of a really long table in my first school board meeting.

  • The visual narrative component is: sitting at the end of a really long table.
  • The story component is: Set up: the problem is presented (stuck at the end of the table where it is hard to be noticed).
  • The social component is: Our tribal nature (the sense of belonging to a second group, in this case, the school board... although, being sat at the end of the table where they are not yet part of the inner circle).

Scene 3

It's pretty tense. People in the audience are shouting at each other over a disagreement.

  • The visual narrative component is: People in the audience are shouting at each other.
  • The story component is: Body: the problem is exacerbated.
  • The social component is: Our primal (fight or flight) brains: this is the emotional connection.

Scene 4

But, I am looking cool and collected, using my superhuman capacity to remain calm so I can make an informed decision about the future of our local schools....

  • The visual narrative component is: I am looking cool and collected.
  • The story component is: Resolution: staying level headed despite the chaos of the situation.
  • The social component is: Our primal (fight or flight) brains: this is another emotional connection.

Scene 5

... Because the kids with their hands raised in this classroom are counting on me!

  • The visual narrative component is: kids with their hands raised in this classroom.
  • The story component is: Resolution (part 2): the kid's get a good education.
  • The social component is: The value proposition. This is the appeal to logic. The protagonist needs to be cool and level headed to accomplish that goal.


An Example With Its Associated Images and Animation

Emily Grush: Supreme Court Judge Animation

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