Telling My StoryDigital StorytellingKira MacGregor
TITLE: Beautiful DisregardAUTHOR: Kira MacGregor Beautiful Disregard is a collection of works by Kira MacGregor. The works are inspired by a personalpassion with collecting old objects and recreating them into new pieces of work. The concept refers to transforming disregarded objects into objects of beauty and pleasure.The simple discovery of a single disregarded object has been the inspiration to much of my work and I will continue to be inspired by ‘the old’ to create ‘new’.Story Line: This Digital Story is a documentation of the process of a collection of artworks from acarefully developed concept. The Digital Story follows the journey from the inspiration, through to theplanning stage and finally resulting in the exhibition of the art collection. However, the story is narratedfrom the unique perspective of a scrap piece of metal that eventually becomes a piece of the collection.Story Outline:Who – a characterized piece of scrap metalWhat –the scrap metal becomes a piece of an artworkWhen – does not have a particular time setting but is rather the shortened documentation of a lengthyprocessWhere – Begins at a local dump, then to an art studio, eventually finishing in a gallery.Why – to take an audience on a journey through the development of an art collection for an exhibition.The story includes the concept, the stages and steps and the emotion that encompasses such a process.Content: All images were originals taken by the author. The Narration was also by the author and nomusic was used throughout the story.The Process:Step 1: I developed a thorough andperfected storyline on WORD whichbecame the narration. This gave methe planning document for my storyright through the entire process.
Step 2: I then mapped out theimages I would need against theplanning document. Which Icollated into a folder along withall my other material.Step 3: I then edited andadjusted the images to suit thestoryline, mood and character ofthe digital story.Step 4: I then imported all theimages into Windows MovieMaker and narrated thestoryline all in the sameprogram.
Step 5: I adjusted the imagetiming to suit the narration andadded appropriate transitionsbetween each image.Step 6: To enhance thestory and convey each stepand main point, I also usedeffects on particularimages. These included‘fade’ ‘zoom’ ‘ripple’ etc.Step 7: After reviewing the story to ensure it flowed well and communicated the concept and processsuccessfully, I began to add titles. On significant stages in the story or on particular phrases in thenarration I emphasized these parts with text on simple black backgrounds to not inhibit the feel of thestory.
Step 8: I then again added aneffect that I had previouslycreated on an earlier story which Inow use as a ‘trademark’ forinterest.Reflection: For the final Digital Story, I have certainly become more familiar and precise with theprocess.Previously, I would begin taking images rather than planning. By now I have concluded that planning inthe beginning has been the most useful tool to creating a precise and strong Digital Story. Hence, Ibegan with a perfected storyline and narration right from the beginning.I also found through this early planning the collection of images was a less time consuming process as Ialready knew what images I would need for the digital story. In addition to this, in previous stories I hadused a separate program from the Windows Movie Maker to record the narration. But with the exactnarration already developed, the images selected and the correct microphone, there was less need toadjust the narration. Consequently, I was able to record the narration directly on to the storyboard inWindows Movie Maker.After reviewing the story I still found when I added some ‘effects’ it compromised the quality of theimage which was occasional throughout the story, unfortunately not to the standard I would havehoped. But I believe this may be due to the saving of the image in fewer pixels which was unable to beadjusted. In conclusion, I was satisfied with the process overall and certainly enjoyed the entireproduction.