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C A P I L A N O U N I V E R S I T Y - ANIM 201 - Visual Storytelling - week 4

Assignment #4a - Rough Storyboard 1 of 2 - Fable

(1/2 of grade for “assignment 4 - rough storyboard 1” - worth 15% of overall
course grade)
due at the start of next class (in 2 weeks)

YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Rough board an updated version of one of

Aesop’s fables. A number of these fables can be found on the other side
of this sheet.

· To be done handed in on either official 1 panel storyboard templates

· The assignment is to rough board an updated fable, but it doesn’t have to be by
Aesop specifically. You may even write your own fable if you’d like a challenge. In
order to be a fable, you must have a “moral”, which is also the story’s theme.
· Please update fable to modern times. you may use whatever character or style
you like. Try to make story as relevant to your personal experiences as you can

· Understand the ”moral” or “underlying idea” to get across. Use this as a basis to
organize your approach to the story.
· Explore the possibilities - thumbnail your various ideas quickly & clearly.
· Keep in clear. Think though compositions you need to tell the story
· Keep it simple. Every shot needs a purpose to be included
· Keep it entertaining.
· Use visual storytelling over verbal when you can.
You will be evaluated on the clarity and relevance of story you have
boarded, professionalism of your compositions, ideas, and labeling of
Here’s a check-list of what needs to be labeled (if applicable):
· Your name
· The production name
· Shot numbers
· Panel numbers
· Locations (note int. or ext. location and time of day)
· Transitions between scenes
· Hook-ups
· Action notes
· Camera move descriptions
· Dialogue notes

fall 2018 - instructor: Andy Bartlett email: andrewbartlett@capilanou.ca

C A P I L A N O U N I V E R S I T Y - ANIM 201 - Visual Storytelling - week 4

Some Fables of Aesop (abridged from Wikipedia)

The Tortoise and the Hare

A hare one day ridiculed a slow-moving tortoise and in response, the tortoise challenged
his swift mocker to a race. The hare soon left the tortoise far behind and, confident of
winning, he decided to take a nap midway through the course. When he awoke,
however, he found that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, had already won the

The Boy who Cried Wolf

A bored shepherd boy who entertained himself by calling out “Wolf!”. Nearby villagers
who came to his rescue found that the alarms were false and that they had wasted their
time. When the boy was actually confronted by a wolf, the villagers did not believe his
cries for help and the wolf ate the flock (and in some versions the boy).

The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs

A man and his wife had the good fortune to possess a goose which laid a golden egg
every day. Lucky though they were, they soon began to think they were not getting rich
fast enough, and, imagining the bird must be made of gold inside, they decided to kill it.
Then, they thought, they could obtain the whole store of precious metal at once;
however, upon cutting the goose open, they found its innards to be like that of any other

The Grasshopper and the Ants

A grasshopper who has spent the warm months singing away while the ant worked to
store up food for winter. When winter arrives, the grasshopper finds itself dying of
hunger, and upon asking the ant for food is only rebuked for its idleness.

The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

A hungry wolf came upon a sheep's fleece lying on the ground in a field. The wolf
realized that if it wore the fleece, it would look like a sheep from a distance. That would
enable the wolf to sneak up on a flock of sheep and steal a lamb for its supper, before
the shepherd noticed his presence. The wolf put on the fleece, and approached the
flock. Just as it was about to pounce on a lamb, a shepherd came by, looking for a
sheep to slaughter for supper. Thinking the disguised wolf was a sheep, the shepherd
quickly grabbed and killed the wolf.

fall 2018 - instructor: Andy Bartlett email: andrewbartlett@capilanou.ca