Digital Storytelling Workshop: Day 3 (August 8, 2012)

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Notes for Day 3 of a workshop I led at CU Boulder in August 2012.

Notes for Day 3 of a workshop I led at CU Boulder in August 2012.

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  • Allow a reasonable amount of time for students to work on each stage of the creative process.


  • 2. WEDNESDAY OVERVIEW Morning Session Afternoon Session9:30-10:15 12:45-2:00 • Brief workshop feedback • Continue working on lining up • A few tips: teaching DS, visuals & applying effects storytelling, and audio recording • Sign up for individual help 2:00-2:15 sessions • Export a “rough cut”10:15-11:30 • Copy rough cut onto thumb • Your choice: drive • Workshop revised story draft • Work on producing final audio 2:15-3:00 narration • Watch and discuss rough cuts,11:30-12:00 with lots of applause! • Review how to import audio into video editing software • Start working on lining up visuals
  • 3. A FEW WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT• Keep your expectations realistic, in terms of: • Time available • Level of technical skill • Limitations of free software• Be patient with yourself (and your students!) • You’ve been composing with written text nearly all your life, and yet it still takes a lot of work to produce writing • This is likely the first time you’ve composed in a visual medium, with multiple layers of input, so it’s bound to be difficult at first• Google is your friend! • If you get stuck, search Google to see if anyone else has posted a solution
  • 4. TIPS FOR TEACHING DIGITAL STORYTELLING PROJECTS• Teach the genre, not the technology • Your job: help students develop ideas and effectively use composing strategies • Someone else’s job: train students how to use the technology (Dave, Tim, or me -- and/or web tutorials)• Clarify your expectations • Show samples of strong and not-so-strong projects • Emphasize: not just a photo slideshow• Draw on knowledgeable students • Create workshop groups based on level of skill • Devote some class time to letting students help each other• Have a “showing” for the strongest projects
  • 5. STORYTELLING TIPS• Resist the urge to answer all the questions • It’s OK to pose questions without answering them • Give the viewers something to chew on• Consider how you want to draw the story to a close • A neat and tidy ending won’t feel as authentic as something open ended• Send your inner perfectionist out on some errands • You won’t have time to make the visuals line up perfectly to the audio, so just do the best you can • Focus on learning the strategies and thinking about how you might implement them when you have more time
  • 6. REMAINING STEPS• Record audio narration• Import audio and add effects (volume, fade, ducking)• Line up visuals to match audio• Add title card and credits• Export a shareable versionYou need to produce an audio recording of your story assoon as possible (ideally before lunch)Would you rather: • Get feedback on your revised story draft? • Work on producing an audio recording?
  • 7. TIPS FOR AUDIO RECORDING• Pause for at least 10 seconds before starting to speak (and before ending the recording)• Place your mouth about a foot away from the mic• Speak to the side of the mic instead of directly on it• Speak at a natural, conversational pace, as though speaking to a friend• Record plenty of silence, as it’s easier to delete extra than to add it in• See more: Tips to ensure a good audio recording
  • 8. AUDIO EDITING• GarageBand • Show how to apply female podcasting vocal effects • Show how to edit out portions of recording• Audacity • Show how to reduce the volume on a single track • Show how to edit out portions of recording
  • 9. WORKSHOP STORY REVISIONSQuestions for peer reviewers:• What is the story about?• What emotions does it evoke in you as the viewer?• How do the visual and audio elements help you understand the story?• What questions does the story leave you with? • What would you like to know more about? • What would you prefer the storyteller leave open ended?
  • 10. COMPONENTS OF A DIGITAL STORY• Title card with story title and storyteller’s name • Very beginning or a few seconds in• Images and audio narration• Closing creditsTo export a shareable version:• iMovie: Go to the Share menu and choose Export• MovieMaker: Click on Save in the upper right corner