Cognitive Comics

A Constructivist Approach to Sequential Art - Research Fellowship Grant from State University of New York at Buffalo. Fellowship recipient and author,


Teaching Cognitive Comics - Sequential Script Writing

Posted by cognitivecomics on July 28, 2010 at 7:05 PM


   We are at the stage in the Summer course where students of my Cognitive Comics class are transfering a 4 page script to rough layouts of their final pages. At this stage students are encountering the challenge of "thinking visually." A few of my mantras in class have been:

- Show me before you tell me.

- Your environment is another character in your story.

- What happens in the end? (This corresponds with Backwards Design.)

  Some of the student's difficulties with this stage have been staying on course with their own plot outline. Students with very complex plots tend to find it difficult to simplify and stay on course so I use focus questions to help them stick to their plan. Other students had difficulty finding story threads so I asked them basic questions based on the ideas they did have. The answers to these questions provided the plot for this project.

... More reports to come.

 - Donald

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Reply jas
9:27 AM on June 7, 2011 
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Reply jas
9:27 AM on June 7, 2011 
helow po