Design / Presentation Skills / Storytelling

Class 50: Visual Storytelling (I)

Today we will do the following:

Watch and provide feedback on any student films. So far we have one:

Next we will check out our infographics and provide feedback to each other on our techniques and topics.

I will distribute the rubric for the video project reflection.

AND….we will take a look at visual storytelling:

Gettysburg (as delivered in Powerpoint)

President Lincoln’s presentation notes

Presentations as Storytelling

(material here comes from the book resonate: present visual stories that transform audiences, by Nancy Duarte (Wiley, 2010):


One reason presentations are boring to watch: no identifiable stories. Here is a recognizable story pattern:

Relatable and Likable Hero

Situation: Jake Sully is a paralyzed ex-Marine who is selected for the Avatar program, which will enable him to walk through a proxy Na’vi body in the land of Pandora.

Encounters and Roadblocks

Complication: Jake falls in love with a Na’vi woman, Neytiri, in Pandora. As the humans encroach on the forest seeking valuable minerals, Jake is forced to choose sides in an epic bottle.

Emerges Transformed

Resolution: Under Jake’s leadership, the Na’vi defeat the humans. Jake is permanently transformed into a Na’vi and gets to live on Pandora with Neytiri.

Duarte describes other story forms, including The Hero’s Journey Structure. Star Wars is a wonderful example. Mr. Darvasi addresses these story types in his grade 11 media course.


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