What I did
I always like to include a sample storyboard in a proposal because it allows me to easily demonstrate what I initially have in mind for the project.
Since this project will rely so heavily on the experiences of our subjects, I decided to take a fairly unique approach to this process.
I need answers to prepared interview questions in order to create a storyboard and script, so I decided to sit down with an improv artist and conduct a mock interview with an imaginary subject.
For the mock interview, I created a character named Beth. Beth is a 34 year old former college athlete who was forced to retire from her tennis career following a rotator cuff injury. The experience caused her to shy away from caring about health and wellness in general. Eventually, a friend of her's encouraged her to get a membership at the wellness center where her personal trainer helped her rediscover her love for physical activity.
When I wrote the questions for this mock interview, I went at it as though I had already conducted a pre-interview with the subject; so, I had a basic understanding of what questions I would ask pertaining to the character's story. I also focused on getting the character to talk about their story in a way that ties it well to their experiences at the wellness center. I began with simple questions about what they do at the Wellness Center then went deeper into
What amenities do you take advantage of at the Wellness Center?
So when I'm at the wellness center mainly what I enjoy doing is working with the trainers to figure out a regiment that day by day is what I need
What amenities at the wellness center do you use that you initially didn't think you would use?
Well, I've never been much of a swimmer but there's actually a fantastic pool here where I actually love doing the laps and I love doing training with the wonderful trainers here at the center
How have your experiences here compared to those you've had at other gyms
I mean, compared to the last gym that I went to, which was actually quite a while ago, I found that the trainers weren't as personable and seemed more committed to walking me through a fixed program rather than seeing to my specific needs.
What was your collegiate athletics career like?
Well, I actually started as a tennis player for my university and after a while a started getting some serious attention and was beginning to consider making a career out of it, like, a full tennis career, but then I messed up my rotator cuff pretty seriously during a practice and had to take a fairly significant amount of time off to recover. Unfortunately that's basically where my career ended. I went to PT and was able to get most of my strength back but was never able to really get back, like, to that place I started out before I got my injury.
After your injury did you try to get back into tennis in any capacity?
After my injury, like i said, i spent a lot of time in physical therapy, and the whole process put me in kind of a bad mental state when it came to physical health and really health in general. Unfortunately, after my injury I didn't return to even a gym for years.
How has the wellness center staff been able to take your injury into consideration?
As far as my trainer goes, he's wonderful, he takes my injury into account and makes sure that the strength building that we do is tied in with my injury so that i get to work out the muscles that have been hurt in a way that won't re-hurt, or I guess, won't re-injure them. And also the spa here is fantastic. its been really great because i get a massage every few weeks and that really helps me deal with any lingering pain.
Do you have any advice that you would give to your younger self knowing what you know now?
Definitely to know your limits and not push yourself too hard and also know when to ask for help and admit that you can't do something quite yet.
What brought you to the wellness center in the first place?
I had a friend recommend that I try coming here. He really liked the trainers here and told me that I might enjoy myself. I was definitely skeptical at first because it's been such a long time since I've engaged in a gym, you know? and physical health, so I was so surprised in how quickly I became invested and came to love this place
What kind of memorable experiences have you had at the Cameron?
What kind of unique experiences have I had here at this wellness center? It was unique for me to continue coming to a gym. I've tried a few times to get reinvested in a sport or just my physical health. It's really unique for me to find somewhere that I can engage with my physical health consistently.
What was your relationship with health and wellness like before coming to the Wellness Center?
Well like I said, Its been a long time since I've really been able to devote time to my health and well being. The relationship being that it had been a long time. So that being said my relationship was sparse and I wasn't committed to my health and wellness
How had your experience here improved that relationship?
Its improved it in that I can consistently devote time to my health and wellness
How have you seen your life outside of health and wellness change since coming here?
It has to be a positive. Since I'm spending more time working out and utilizing my body. It's given me so much more confidence than I've had for years
Do you have any final remarks you'd like to make?
I'd say just that the trainers here make the experience worth while
Using the transcript from the interview, I pulled out snippets from the subject's answers to create a brief sample script in storyboard in a similar style to what I would use for the actual shoot. The text highlighted in green above is what I pulled for the storyboard.
(not all of it was used in this sample)
This is a example of how I would structure a video in this style using the mock interview from above. This is not a storyboard for a complete project and would be about the first 45 seconds of a video.
Stirring music rises as we fade in on the subject doing laps
The camera is located underwater looking up at the subject swimming overhead
The shot begins focused on the subject's face then pulls focus to a photo in the subject's hand of them in their college tennis uniform
The camera very steadily dollies to the right as the subject is massaging their shoulder
Cut to the subject addressing the audience directly as they introduce them self
Cut to a different angle of the subject in the interview set.
jump between different camera angles periodically to hide cuts
The music begins to well and become more hopeful as the subject talks about their experience with the Wellness Center.
Cut to shot of them working with their trainer
I actually started as a tennis player for my university.
after a while started getting some serious attention and was beginning to consider making a career out of it.
But then I got my Injury.
I messed up my rotator cuff pretty seriously and had to take a significant amount of time off to recover.
Unfortunately that's basically where my career ended
My name’s Beth and this is my Health and Wellness Story (not from interview)
After my injury, I spent a lot of time in physical therapy, and the whole process put me in kind of a bad mental state. I didn't return to even a gym for years. (Pause)
I had a friend recommended that I try coming here I was definitely skeptical at first because it's been such a long time since I've engaged in my physical health, so I was surprised by how quickly I became invested and came to love this place