Story Map Analysis

Jenna Raygor
EDIM 504
Story Map
The chef is running out of
food. He has to think of
something quickly! *Speed
of music and camera angles
draw audience in.
The customer asks for
items off of the menu.
*Camera shots do a nice job
of showing communication
between chef and customer.
On July 4, 1924 a man walks into a
restaurant of a hotel.
*Starts with a wider shot to open
up film. This shots is FAST; it quickly
moves onto start story.
Caesar Salad
Chef pulls out items he
does have available
and starts mixing.
Chef starts seeing
progress of salad and he
puts his ingredients
Chef goes from flustered
to confident and satisfied
with his new meal.
The chef used food items he did have
readily available, therefore creating a
new menu item- Caesar Salad.
*motions such as the rubbing of the belly
display to the audience the unspoken
words of the customer’s satisfaction
Story Map
While on the run, the girl has a
ball hit her. As she continues on
her run, several other out-ofthe ordinary things occur
including a hedge moving, her
shoe lace coming untied, a
branch falling on her, a horrific
noise coming through her iPod.
*I may not have used so many
different incidents occur; looses
audience attention.
A passerby in her
vehicle also makes eye
contact with the
“gnome” and has a
flashback to a previous
encounter with it. She
uses her vehicle to run
over it. *Great close-up
shots are taken at this
point. Also
uses text overlay.
Fall of the Gnome
Girl hears a random noise. She checks
her backseat, but shrugs the sound off
because she sees nothing.
Girl pulls off road and parks
car . She puts on running
shoes and prepares iPod
before working out.
As she runs to her car, she
accidently drops her keys and
makes eye contact with the
“gnome” *Several different
camera angles are used t build
The transformation is that of a
trusting citizen to run in the
area to that of a scared citizen.
This is assumed by the
audience through the actor’s
expressions, but not through
The “gnome” appears to be destroyed
and a single screen with the words “fin”
Story Map
My Feature Film
the retelling of
Gene Zion’s Harry the Dirty Dog
A few shots of Harry, up
close, being VERY dirty.
*Perhaps a change in music
could be applied here.
Little boy turning on water in bathtub.
Upon hearing this noise, Harry becomes
Harry finds the scrub brush before the
children, picks it up with his mouth and
runs with it.
Harry, the dog, is outside in yard playing.
Meanwhile, the little girl and boy are
inside house getting towels and things for
Harry’s bath.
Harry, lonely and even dirtier,
starts to see families
spending time together. He
also sees other dogs being
walked by their owners. He
starts to miss his family
When Harry comes back to
his home, he is disguised by
the dirt and filth he is covered
with. His owners do not even
recognize him. In order for his
owners to recognize him,
Harry :
1. Dances to prove that it is
2. Willingly digging up the
scrub brush .
3. Runs into the house and
into the bathtub, getting for a
Harry realizes that spending time with his
family , feeling loved, and being secure is
more important than running away just
because you don’t like the house rules.
Harry becomes his clean self again and
feels safe back at home. He feels so safe
that he is able to take a nap, but secretly
hides the scrub brush so his owners do not
get used to the idea of giving him a bath.
Works Cited
Story Map Analysis
Ochoa, R. & Madrigal, J. (Directors). (2011). Fall of the Gnome. [Motion picture]. United
States: SFETT.
Ruvalcaba, E. (Producer), & Ruvalcaba, E. (Director). (2011). Caesar Salad [Motion picture].
United States: SFETT.
Zion, G. (1956). Harry the Dirty Dog. United States: HarperCollins
I thought it would be easier to analyse movies that had already been produced,
directed, and uploaded for all to see. However, I realized it is much easier to do this
from the beginning, before even creating your project. Perhaps this is why Ohler
explains this as one of the most important steps in the Digital Storytelling process.
I am trying to make my story map as simple as possible for my students to understand.
Therefore, I stuck with a basic VPS model, which also ties in nicely with the retelling of
format students are required to know in my district.
The two movies that I analysed showed me how quickly the introduction needs to
occur. The main part of both of these movies are the problems and tension. I need to
consider this for my own feature film. I also realized that I should carefully focus on the
different shots that need to be taken in order to the movie to come “alive.” The angles
of the shots are key. Although the angles and shots at the beginning were short, I, as
the audience, still understood. I need to remember this... It is not so much building up
the story, it is the problem and solution itself that needs to be “built up.”

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