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Multimedia stories will look better if they have been planned out before being made.

You could sketch a simple storyboard to help decide what will be on each slide and what order or sequence they will be shown in.

Storyboards let you try out different ideas easily and so save you time creating things on the computer that will not be needed:
  • Do any pictures need captions?
  • Could a title at the start be helpful?
  • Are there too many slides that look similar?
  • Would any slide transition effects be needed?
  • How long would each slide appear on screen for (this is known as the editing rhythm)?
Planning for Sound

You should also consider the use of sound when creating a storyboard:
  • Does a commentary or voice-over need to be written?
  • Does piece of background music need to be found?
Sound effects can be added to make the pictures seem more real and believable. In film making, it is the job of the foley artist to use everyday objects to help add any missing sounds – such as banging empty coconut shells together to make the sound of horses galloping or scrunching up paper to make the sound of food sizzling in a pan.

Remember too that sounds don’t have to match the pictures (you could see a terrified face and hear a high pitched train whistle) and that no sound at all – silence – could also be very effective.
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