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Digital Storytelling

  1. 1. Digital Storytelling Ms. Nestico - Problems of Democracy MOUNT CARMEL AREA HIGH SCHOOL
  2. 2. What is a Digital Story? <ul><li>A story told utilizing various types of media: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scanned drawings/pictures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital video clips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital or scanned photos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice narration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Titles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transitions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The author chooses what media to use and how the media will be arranged. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling <ul><li>Main Point </li></ul><ul><li>A Dramatic Question/A Hook </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Content </li></ul><ul><li>The Gift of Your Voice </li></ul><ul><li>The Power of Soundtrack </li></ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><li>Pacing </li></ul>
  4. 4. Element 1: Main Point/Focus <ul><li>All stories are told to make a point. </li></ul><ul><li>You, as the author, need to figure out what you intend the viewer to “get.” What message are you trying to convey? In other words, what is the theme? </li></ul><ul><li>Identify something typically unknown about your president. “Hey did you know?” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Element 2: A Dramatic Question <ul><li>A good story has a “hook” that will hold the attention of the audience until the story is over. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Element 3: Emotional Content <ul><li>A story that deals with our emotions, - such as loss, love, loneliness, courage, acceptance, rejection, hardship, etc. - will help the audience maintain their attention. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Element 4: The Gift of Your Voice <ul><li>The way you use your voice can impact the story you tell. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tone of Voice: Slow, Fast, Loud, Soft </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The tone of the storyteller’s voice provides the drama and sets the mood, while engaging the reader. It draws the reader into the plot development through the use of story elements. </li></ul><ul><li>Caution: You don’t want your final project to sound like you are reading your paper. Practice! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Element 5: The Power of Soundtrack <ul><li>Music sets the mood. </li></ul><ul><li>The goal is to match the music to the story. </li></ul><ul><li>Instrumental music, without words, works the best to create an appropriate mood. </li></ul><ul><li>The focus should be the narration and the music should support and enhance the storytelling. </li></ul><ul><li>Use only copyright-free music! (Soundzabound has pre-made OR we will make one in GarageBand!) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Element 6: Economy/Organization <ul><li>Use the least amount of images required to tell the story. </li></ul><ul><li>Your selection of pictures and drawings should illustrate the theme without becoming a distraction. </li></ul><ul><li>Too many images tend to confuse the audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Be selective! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Element 7: Pacing <ul><li>Changing the pace of the story can be very effective. The narrative can have pauses, the music can change tempo, and the images can be set to enter at different rates of speed. </li></ul><ul><li>Changing pace allows the audience to concentrate, think, and maintain interest. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Components of Project to be Turned in for Assessment: <ul><li>One to two page draft of story (50 points) </li></ul><ul><li>Due _______________ </li></ul><ul><li>Storyboard (100 points) </li></ul><ul><li>Due ______________ </li></ul><ul><li>Outsource Request (50 points) </li></ul><ul><li>Due _________________– request to be posted on wiki </li></ul><ul><li>The actual Presentation itself (240 pts.) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Technology Components of the Project <ul><li>Downloading digital camera photos </li></ul><ul><li>Scanning still photos and drawings </li></ul><ul><li>Importing digitized media into iMovie </li></ul><ul><li>Creating digitized voice-overs (narration) </li></ul><ul><li>Editing/timing photos to correspond with narration </li></ul><ul><li>Making, Capturing and Importing musical soundtracks from Soundzabound or GarageBand </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Research, Word Processing, Music Composition </li></ul><ul><li>Exporting to a wikispace website </li></ul>
  13. 13. Questions to Think About <ul><li>What wouldn’t most people know about your topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Think of it as “Hey did you know?” </li></ul><ul><li>How does your topic have a direct impact people’s lives? </li></ul><ul><li>What emotions did people experience? </li></ul><ul><li>What lesson/s have you learned from this experience? </li></ul>
  14. 14. The First Draft <ul><li>You will create a one page script in Word of your organized ideas in the form of a story. </li></ul><ul><li>You will first introduce your topic and the “hook” to draw in your audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Next, you will present your ideas and thoughts on your topic. </li></ul><ul><li>The conclusion should include the lesson or lessons learned from your experience. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Development of Script <ul><li>Turn your script in to your teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback will be provided. </li></ul><ul><li>Once your script is approved by the teacher, you can begin collecting media. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Selection of Media <ul><li>Collect and/or create images to include in your digital story. You need to have more than you will use. </li></ul><ul><li>Select/sort the images, choosing those that enhance and do not detract from the script. More is not better. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Putting Script and Images Together <ul><li>Creating a Storyboard </li></ul><ul><li>A MS Word storyboard will be used to put the selected images with the script. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that your script has a clear beginning, middle, and end as you organize your images with your script. </li></ul><ul><li>You may find that the script will need to be revised to fit with the images that you have chosen. </li></ul><ul><li>Turn in your completed storyboard to your teacher. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Production <ul><li>You’ll digitize all selected images. All drawings and photos will be scanned. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Putting it all together with iMovie: <ul><li>Import digitized media </li></ul><ul><li>Add voice-overs/narration </li></ul><ul><li>Editing timings of photos </li></ul><ul><li>Add title </li></ul><ul><li>Add transitions and special effects </li></ul><ul><li>Add credits </li></ul><ul><li>Add soundtrack (Soundzabound) </li></ul>