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Ponga & the Storyboard

The perfect backdrop for your pictures and stories. Set the stage.

Creating a scene…setting the stage…
I became the director of my family stories.

Exploring a storyboard in the Ponga interface about the Black Dog on Church Street in Belmont, Lancashire, England.

Here, I’ve collaged John Joseph and Esther Alice as they looked after they migrated. Along with photos of The Black Dog Pub and Maria Square in Belmont Lancashire England. Both significant places in my family story. Ponga recognizes faces and does it beautifully. I wanted my scene to give some of the back story for John Joseph and Esther Alice.

Look at the curser moving like a magic wand, revealing tiny tidbits of history.  The Black Dog image showcases an article from 1841 about a dinner for Druids! Imagine finding that article and matching to the photograph, then sharing it with family members who had no idea that our ancestors were publicans. 

The next shows my grandmother, Esther Alice Helme and her three sisters in travel dress of the day. I set the scene for their Atlantic crossing from Liverpool to Montreal. I had the ship’s manifest, and a postcard of the ship named the Grampian to complete the stage decoration. Ponga recognizes the faces and I fill in the story.

The sidebar open on the storyboard Migration to Canada inviting family and friends can add their own comments and memories.

Last but not least… the 4 sisters in 1914 and then again in 1974. Behind the two photographs is an image of the High Street in Belmont Lancashire. Home to the girls before they migrated. The stage is set.


Storyboard 60 years and still together: 60 years between photos-the 4 sisters celebrating my Grandmother’s birthday.


How did I do this?

It’s not difficult. I’m not a graphic designer. I’m more like a surgeon with a piece of string and a popsicle stick.

I used PowerPoint to create my Storyboards…

1. Open PowerPoint (or whatever program you like to use. Paint works too)

2. Start a new Presentation

3. Choose a design, add a background image or even a coloured or textured background

4. Add all the images that you want to include in your storyboard, including the images of the people. (you’re creating a new image for Ponga to work its facial recognition magic on)

5. Go wild with it, have fun, play with it

6. Once you have it exactly right… save the presentation as a jpg. Simple. Now you’ve got a whole new image to upload to Ponga

Ponga will either automatically recognise the faces, or you will need to identify them yourself in the Gallery. Same as always.

Now it’s time to add comments, links, information, and the special stories for the other images in the storyboard, tell the story, bring your personal storyboard to life.

Why do this? Why Storyboards? There may be people, young or old, who you share these storyboards with who will learn for the first time about the story, the scene will be new, and the entire show will entertain.

Ponga has it... it is the Original Show and Tell... Let me show you.

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