Visual Story Structure

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The following information was adapted from Bruce Block’s The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media chapter 9 starting on p. 218.


  • Understand and demonstrate film story structure

Terms and Concepts

Block, Bruce. The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media.



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  1. Create a blog post titled, Visual Story Structure
    • Create the following headings
      • Summary
      • Seven Visual Story Components
      • Visual Story Film: (COMPONENT NAME HERE Ex. Tone)
      • Responses
      • What I Learned
  2. Copy and paste the seven components into your blog post under the Seven Visual Story Components
  3. Study each component and look for examples in films
  4. Review the Visual Story Template (PDF)
  5. Use the  Story Visual Intensity Structure Scene Worksheet (PDF) to plan out the Visual Story component
  6. Use the Story Visual Intensity Structure Film Worksheet (PDF) to plan out the complete production
  7. Take notes under each component
  8. Create a short film with the visual story structures, EX, CO, CX, and R,
    • Pick one of the visual story components (Space, Line, Shape, Color, Movement, Rhythm) to demonstrate
    • Use the Marking The Shooting Script (PDF) as your script
    • Storyboard based on the shooting script
    • Create a shot list
    • Block the scenes
    • Light the scenes
    • Use an audio deck for production sound testing and planning
    • Use the Canon T3i for test shots and planning
    • Create production schedule
  9. Edit the film
  10. Upload to YouTube
  11. Write what you learned
  12. Embed you film under the Visual Story Film: ???? heading
  13. Complete the Summary
  14. After having the film reviewed, write what you people said under the Responses heading
  15. Write what you learned and at least one problem you solved under the What I Learned heading
  16. Invite someone edit your blog post
  17. Turn in a blog post feedback form


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