The Boords Blog

We share practical lessons, insights and tips on working in the creative industry.

A guide to Gagné's Nine Events of Instruction

Gagné's Nine Events of Instruction model is a nine-step process for good instructional design.

The Guide to Writing Learning Objectives

Before you dive into writing your course, it's important that you're super clear about your learning goals.

A Guide to Foreshadowing in Film

Foreshadowing is a literary device where a writer gives a sneaky hint about what's going to happen later in the story.

How to do an eLearning Needs Analysis

Performing an eLearning needs analysis takes time and costs money but is a fundamental step in creating eLearning content.

How to Use Color Theory in Film

When cinematographers pick a color palette for their movie or animation, it's about more than aesthetics. In fact, they're probably using color theory to stir up your emotions as you watch the images onscreen.

What is a Foil Character?

In movies, TV shows, and books, a foil character is someone who contrasts with another character – usually the main character – to highlight their qualities.

How to Write a Logline

Before you start work on your Hollywood-busting screenplay, you'll need a logline. It's a one-sentence summary of your movie that entices someone to read the entire script.

The Pre-Production Process Explained

Pre-production includes the creative and logistical work needed before shooting a film, TV show or video. Explore each step in the pre-production process.

How to Write Dialogue

Good dialogue is the thing that makes your story ring true for your audience. If it's believable, they'll be on your side. If it doesn't sound like real life, you'll probably lose them.

The Three Types of Irony

Lots of people know what irony is but find it hard to explain. So here's an irony definition. It's a literary device that highlights the incongruity (a fancy word for 'difference') between one's expectation for a situation, and the reality.

How to End a Story

You’ve invested weeks (months! years!) of hard work writing your story, and it all comes down to this... The end. The last line. No pressure.

What is an Epilogue?: 4 Examples from Famous Books, Movies, & TV Series

An epilogue is a nifty device that acts as an additional – but separate – part of your story