Sketching a Story: Movies on Paper

If you think about it, every story is really a collection of smaller stories, or moments, that influence each other. Each scene might reveal information, or clarify something from another scene, or introduce a character or a problem. All of the scenes come together, like a web of information, in the order and style that the author intends.

Here is an example of a small story, or moment, that I sketched out yesterday and today... mostly over breakfast. This is done in Sharpie and pencil.

It's essentially a bit of a movie drawn on paper. There are establishing shots, shifts in perspective, and continuity of action to think about.

In the scene, a young graffiti artist paints a dragon on a wall and then gets something she didn't bargain for...