Monkey's Paw

Monkey's Paw
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  • Goodbye son!
  • Herbert will have some more of his funny remarks, I expect, when he comes home.
  • I dare say, but for all that, the thing moved in my hand; that I’ll swear to.
  • I say it did. There was no thought about it; I had just—What’s the matter?
  • You thought it did.
  • Mrs. White calls goodbye to Herbert. Herbert waves to her and continues walking toward the camera. Pale standard lighting, no added color. Mrs. White stands in the background. Make sure the frame cuts off halfway down the road.
  • Is anything the matter? Has something happened to Herbert? What is it? What is it?
  • Sit down, and don’t jump to conclusions. You’ve not brought bad news, I’m sure, sir.
  • I - was asked to call. I come from Maw and Meggins.
  • Mrs. White is speaking to Mr. White. Zoom in to Mrs. White's face toward the end, then pan over to the window. Warmer lighting than the previous scene, but not overly so.
  • I was to say that Maw and Meggins disclaim all responsibility. They admit no liability at all, but in consideration of your son’s services, they wish to present you with a certain sum as compensation.
  • Is he hurt?
  • Thank goodness for that. Thank -
  • Caught in the machinery.
  • He was caught in the machinery.
  • I'm sorry -
  • Badly hurt. But he is not in any pain.
  • Cut to an outside view of the house, a man by the door. Pan around to see the man's profile as he knocks on the door, zooming in as you do so. Cut to Mrs. White opening the door. Bright white lighting, getting darker as the scene continues.
  • How much?
  • 200 pounds.
  • Slightly dim, warm lighting, as thought the fire is slowly burning out. Mrs. White's face should gradually fall as more information is revealed. Full room shot.
  • A gust of wind blows out the fire, and plunges the group into darkness, the only light coming in from the window. The light's tinged blue, giving off a melancholy feeling. There's a pause between when Mrs. White realizes and when the man speaks (It'd be it's own scene, but if I want more panels, it costs money.) Dialogue was cut due to the director's inability to add panels without paying for them. The background is dark, with the characters in focus.
  • Mr. White slumps out of his chair and lands in a heap on the floor as the scene fades to black. The camera should follow Mr. White as he falls and Mrs. White screams should be in the background.The only times that I changed the story was to save room for the conclusion. I kept faithful to the original to accurately portray the theme of this part of the story.
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