Film and Visual Storytelling Audition Instructions

Film and Visual Storytelling is a new department at the Baltimore School for the Arts, now in its sixth year.

We are seeking students with a passion for film and the collaborative art of movie-making. At the core of the program  are the principles of visual storytelling and an emphasis on writing.

Only current 8th grade students may apply.


Storyboard – (Hansel and Gretel, 6 panels. You can draw with a pencil or use any material to make it.) Create a storyboard for the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. The storyboard has to have 6 panels, not more or less. We are looking at your imagination and creativity in telling the story visually, not your drawing expertise. (Storyboard definition: a sequence of images, typically with some directions and dialogue, representing the shots planned for a movie or television production.)

Optional – You may bring in some of your work that is film related, for example:

  • A screen play or script
  • A video (no longer than 2 minutes)
  • Up to 3 photographs
  • Up to 3 visual art works (drawings, models, costumes)

Please note: In order to view video or other digital work, you must provide us with a link to view the work online or bring your own device to present it.


Picture Story – You will look at 6 pictures and write a story based on the pictures. You will have up to 60 minutes to write the story. We will provide a google document for you to type the story.

Compose an image – Take one picture of a still life that we have prepared. We will provide an iPad for you to take the picture.

Conversation – You will sit with a couple of film faculty members to have a conversation about, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Your Hansel and Gretel storyboard
  • The photograph you took of the still life
  • Your favorite film
  • Your favorite book
  • Any video work you have done
  • Any work you have created in a team
  • Film-related items you brought with you
  • A short clip from a film we provide

Students will be evaluated based on the quality of the audition elements and their enthusiasm for this field.