You better put that camera in manual and make the f-stop as low as it can go. And then just get two objects and put them at different positions and simply just turn the focus ring on your lens. I know that Magic Lantern has to do this automatically with the autofous. Choose "Rack Focus" and you will be able to choose your two focus points and then go in between them.
I knew that Celtx has a storyboarding app for iOS called "Celtx Shots" for free. The downside to this app is you can free draw; you can only create lines, arrows, circles, rectangles, and text. It also does include a number of preloaded pictures (i.e. people, trains, cars, lights, arrows) for the type of people that aren't so good when it comes drawing such as myself. You can always get another app that lets you draw and then load it out as a picture and import it into that app so you have them all in the same area. But if you're going to go with android tablet, there is an app called Storyboard Studio for $4.99 which has much of the same functions as Celtx Shots but allows you to free draw.
I would watch the beginning of some of Edgar Wright's movies, especially Shaun of the Dead. He has mimicked at times, something I remember clear from watching the Hot Fuzz commentary, of assembling a gun. Essentially it's loud and distinct sound effects for things that don't need loud and distinct sound effects. What I would do, is I would film like 4 simple things that happens each day in the life of the character that could have distinct and loud sound effects, such as an Alarm Clock, honking a horn in traffic, scanning an item at a supermarket (the character's job), and then turning on the TV at the end of the character's day. At first you'd want to do longer takes of those things and then speed it up until they all blend together and then stop at one of those locations to continue on the next scene. It shows that the character's days get blended together and are relatively boring.
I currently have the Canon T3i (upgraded from the Canon T3 this summer) and it fits my needs perfectly. Of course I'd rather have a 5D or a GH4 or a A7S or other expensive cameras, but I just want them and don't need them. Something you should know for the difference between the T3i and the T5i is that the T5i has continuous video autofocus but the T3i has more Magic Lantern features. Something else to keep in mind, is that you could have a super nice camera, such as the Red Epic, but if your lens was the kit lens for Canon cameras, it wouldn't be impressive. You will use your glass a lot longer than your camera. I have the 18-55mm kit lens and the 50mm f/1.8 "plastic fantastic" (both made by Canon) and they are excellent for beginners (including myself). You also want to consider getting a good, solid tripod and a microphone. But, remember, it's experience not the gear.