The Boords Blog

We're sharing practical lessons, insights and tips on working in the creative industry
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.
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.
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.
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
How to Tell a Story
It takes a lot of work to tell a great story. Just ask all the struggling filmmakers and authors, hustling away at their craft in an attempt to get a break.
The 12 Character Archetypes
In blockbuster films and best-selling books, there are certain types of characters that appear repeatedly. They're known as character archetypes.