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Creative iMedia

This page is part of an archive of the old iMedia spec – the one that existed until Summer 2023. People seem to find the resources helpful and I've had a number of requests to put them back online. I should think they'll stay here until I'm confident that the new spec is properly covered. Please be aware that this is out of date material and may not apply in the same way to the new iMedia syllabus.

R081 - Pre-production Skills - exam unit


PDF iconStoryboard Key Learning slides - slides to tell you everything you need to know

The Key Learning slides can be used to answer the questions:

PDF iconStoryboard Questions - just the questions

PDF iconStoryboard Workbook - the same questions with spaces for answers

PDF iconStoryboard Knowledge Summary - a printable sheet which summarises the key learning from the slides

An example storyboard might help:

World iconExample Storyboard - for an interview about a kayaking event for a news report

There's a video to show you how to make this:

There are other videos linked at the bottom of the page.

There are two quizzes you can try to test your understanding:

Quiz iconQuiz 1

Quiz iconQuiz 2 (T/F)

Key Jobs and Camera Shots

Storyboards are most often used for video or film products.

It's useful to know some of the key jobs to do with video production. This can come up in the exam.

PDF iconKey Jobs Slides - tell you the key points

PDF iconKey Jobs Questions - use the slides to answer these

Camera shots also come up on the exam from time to time. There are some things you need to know about these.

PDF iconCamera Shots Slides - tell you the key points

PDF iconCamera Shots Questions - use the slides to answer these

Quiz iconQuiz version of camera shot questions

You can find exam questions about storyboards on the exam questions page. There's a link to the answers for the questions about jobs and camera shots as well.

Example Storyboards

It's important to think about the notes that would need to be added to these storyboards in order to make these helpful for a commercial video shoot or animation.

Video Resources

A really good video from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image about how storyboards are used. Short (2:10) and well worth watching:

Some other YouTube videos you might find helpful:

Storyboard templates

There are plenty of storyboard templates available on the web. Exam storyboards always use the same template:

World iconBlank exam style storyboard - for printing

The exam board produces one that you could use in a portfolio if you needed to:

This is a template produced by OCR which you are allowed to use. I'm providing it here because it's easier to do that than put it somewhere else. I'm not claiming it's mine and haven't changed it in any way (not even to make the header rows work properly...)