Creative Teaching & Learning

Using visualisations to teach creative writing

The techniques of storyboarding a film (breaking down stories into shots, sequences and visualisations) is a great way to support children’s creative writing, Nick Handel demonstrates.

When I was a boy, my father bought me an 8mm movie camera. I was fascinated by it and, every school holidays, took a little band of thesps to carefully chosen locations to make adventure movies, which I edited together with evil-smelling glue. I soon learned to use a camera to amuse, amaze or terrify an audience – my first step to becoming a professional storyteller.

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