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Digital Storytelling

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Genevieve Allen

on 11 February 2014

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Transcript of Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling
Why do we need stories?
oral history
build identity
life lessons/self-discovery
connect to a collective narrative
communicate values/beliefs
evoke empathy
overcome trauma/healing

Digital Storytelling
Stories + Multi-media technology
Multi-media components =
audio (story recording, music, sound effects) +
visual (photos, video footage, text, special effects)
Based on the following principles:
Everyone has a story to tell
Everyone has the capacity to tell their story
We construct meaning through stories
Using a digital medium is a powerful way to reach people
Three Stages:
Story Creation
Digital Production
Brainstorming & discussions
Scriptwriting & interviewing
Recording & editing
Gathering Media Resources
Creating a Storyboard
Compiling components
Getting Approvals (if necessary) & Uploading
Brainstorming & Discussions
Share your ideas with a story circle or second readers
Use feedback to help your story mature
If interviewing someone, have an initial discussion with them about what they'd like to share. Be sure that you find a focus before you start recording.
Your script may go through several revisions
Ask yourself 'why is this story important to share? How does this story show who you are?'
Play with the style of the script
Tap into your emotions
Read your script out loud
Come prepared with questions
Find a private, quiet, comfortable space to record
Let the interview flow naturally, like a conversation
Don't talk over the interviewee
Leave space for silence
Ask interviewee to clarify or expand when necessary
Remember OCC
Don't push the interviewee. Allow them to offer information freely
Recording & Editing
Create a comfortable atmosphere
Be mindful of voice
Try to stay within the timeframe (if scripted)
Don't worry about mistakes - they can be edited!
Explain to interviewees that their story will be edited
Gathering Media Resources
Collect audio/visual features to complement the story
Ask yourself 'how does this image add another layer of meaning to the story? How might this image be interpreted?'
Images can be cropped, panned, or be used with other special effects
Explicit vs Implicit imagery
Remember that less is more. Let the audience sit with images or use different effects with one image for deeper meaning
Lay out narrative, visual, and audio components on a timeline
Write narrative cues along the timeline
Place post-its of images/sounds along timeline
Consider other special effects such as slide transitions (a slow fade out, etc.)
Consider pace (where do you want the story to linger, etc?)
Compile Components
Keep things simple
Remember to title your story and acknowledge the storyteller and any other contributors in the credits
Only use royalty free music unless given permission otherwise (playfreemusic.com)
Get final approvals from contributors
Be patient with technology and read software instructions/view tutorials when needed
what media components are used in this story? How do they affect the story?

Asset mapping
Place-based understandings of communities
Regional history
How Digital Stories are being used
Create Project Framework
Identify partners & representative communities
Set Goals/Parameters
Consider ethics
Draw up contracts/consent forms
Project Framework
Involve participants from the outset
Establish shared control/authority/ownership with participants
Code of ethics
Find balance between the needs & goals of participants and the broader community
Sharing worldviews/perspectives
Adult education
Digital literacy skills
Preservation of stories
Capturing personal histories
Giving voice to marginalized communities
Engaging communities in creative practices
Promotional tool
Awareness building
Personalization of social issues
Kings County Cultural Map
City of Memory
Arts informed method of research

High Rise
Regent Park Revitalization
Pier 21
charity: water
Product vs Process
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