How does FICTION: Storytelling work?

You can choose from five inspiring genres that fire students’ imaginations and help them develop their story ideas. With the help of our expert team at Sky, students will learn about character creation, storyboarding, dialogue & plot, as they polish their creative writing skills, and create a compelling trailer to communicate their story to the audience.

FICTION: Storytelling supports the English curriculum, helping students to understand the elements of great storytelling (e.g. character, dialogue, plot). It also develops students’: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Story writing, Decision-making.

1. Choose your location

2. Choose your genre


A group of young people laser through a window on the 94th floor of a city skyscraper, which they’ve just climbed. Silently, they slip into the building and break into a high-security safe. As they steal a file from the safe, an alarm


Three business people (in suits and with briefcases) wake up in the middle of the jungle. Wild animal calls can be heard all around. They look at each other, confused as to how they got there.


A father tells his teenage children he has enrolled them in catering college, so they can take over the family restaurant business. One teen is thrilled but the other storms out of the room in a fury. The teen’s bedroom walls are covered in rock posters, revealing a dream of playing in a band.


At midday in the year 2030, every smart phone, laptop and tablet on Earth suddenly displays the words: ‘People of Earth, prepare to surrender'.


For years, the abandoned mansion in the middle of the woods has been thought to be haunted. A group of young friends dare each other to spend a night there.

3. Prepare for your day

Your visit to Sky

During your visit, students will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of Sky. We also give students the opportunity to get hands-on and use some cutting-edge technology, working with talented professional studio staff in a bespoke TV studio. All the technology is intuitive, easy-to-use and suitable for ages 8 and up. After working in four studio teams to create their story trailer, the class will gather for a final screening of their work. Sky Academy Studios is designed to be a springboard for opening students’ minds and unlocking creativity.

Download the FICTIONStorytelling Teacher Guide for all the information you need about your visit and how to prepare for it, as well as information about the preparatory lesson plan and other supporting resources.

Download Teacher guide: Fiction - News and reporting (PDF)

4. Divide your group into four teams

Each team will be responsible for creating their own pitch based on your chosen challenge, they will create their pitch ideas, storyboard and then film and edit their pitch ready for broadcast

5. Choose your roles


The Producer oversees the whole project and makes sure that it’s completed on time.


The Director manages the filming in the studio, giving direction and advice to the Actors in front of the camera.


The Scriptwriter creates the words that will work with the pictures to tell the story and keep viewers interested.


The Cinematographer is the visual storyteller. He or she decides what we see on screen, composes the shot, and records the action on the camera.


Actors express and perform the story in front of the camera, listening and responding to the advice of the Director. (If additional actors are needed for the story, other roles can double up.)

Special Effects Technician

The Special Effects Technician adds in the extra layers to make the story interesting and exciting. He or she oversees the sound design, score (music) and visual effects of the project.


The Editor reviews and selects green screen backdrops and voiceover videos on the touch screen edit table before recording and then edits all recorded takes after filming.

6. Behind the Scenes Tour

Our Make, Shape, Share video tour will explain how TV is created at Sky. Students will see behind the scenes clips showing each step of the process from writing the script and filming to how we use the latest broadcast technology to edit programmes and transmit them out to people's homes through satellite signal. We will leave the picture as is for now but will swap out in the future

7. Work with Sky staff

Each group will be supported by a member of our team who'll train them on the studio equipment and make sure they deliver their section of the programme in time for transmission. 

8. Use the latest in technology

We're giving students the opportunity to get hands-on and use some cutting edge technology. All of our studios are kitted out with broadcast quality microphones and cameras that have been specially modified for use in Sky Skills Studios. We've also developed touch screen editing software that can be used to flick through the green screen backdrops available for your topic, drag and drop clips on to the timeline and crop them to size.  All of the technology we've designed is intuitive, easy to use and suitable for ages 8 and up.

Three images of our touchscreen technology

9. Watch your programme

Each team will be responsible for creating their own story based on your chosen genre, they will create their story ideas, storyboard and then film and edit their story ready for broadcast.


Image of a young reporter sat at a news desk