Example Script: Before Visuals

[Author: Bill Fischer]

An Extensive Example Script Written Before Images Are Created

Below is narration written, using the I. S.E.E. U. framework for a short (30 second) educational animation called "The School Board Member". It is part of the "We The People" YouTube channel currently being produced as part of The EPIC Project. 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 four part socio-emotional 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 socio-emotional component is: Our tribal nature (the sense of belonging to a group, in this case, a member of the community, striving for leadership through participation in a local parade).

Scene 2

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

  • The visual narrative component is: sitting at the end of a long table.
  • The story component is: Set up: the problem is presented (stuck at the end of the table where it is difficult to be noticed).
  • The socio-emotional 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 socio-emotional component is: Our primal (fight or flight) brains: this is the emotional connection.

Scene 4

But, I am looking cool and collected, drawing confidence that I have done the research on the topic. 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 socio-emotional component is: Our logical brains (a deliberate process in this case) : Being prepared brings calm confidence.

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 socio-emotional component is: Our knowledgable brains. (framing a world view). We need to be willing to sometimes engage in highly charged situations to work with others to accomplish a goal.