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Digital Storytelling


A short presentation on digital storytelling, created for the NetSquared event held by us at Happy Computers in April 2010

A short presentation on digital storytelling, created for the NetSquared event held by us at Happy Computers in April 2010

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  • Recap - What is Podcasting and how do they differ from audio online? 9:05 Podcasting – freedom of speech that’s a step too far… or the modern- day pamphleteers? A discussion of the issues outlined in ‘CASE STUDY: NEW TECHNOLOGY, NEW MEDIA – NEW WORLD’ 9:40 Storytelling - Using Audio Creative session to explore ideas and formats for audio, including listen-back to the audio students have found as part of the pre-class homework. Class discussion of what makes compelling audio content and what makes a good/bad podcast. Discussion of how audio features are made. 10:20 Interviewing - Putting your interviewees at their ease


  • 1. Digital Storytelling Tuesday 6 th April 2010
  • 2. Agenda for the day
    • Introduction
    • What is digital storytelling?
    • Who’s using digital storytelling?
    • Examples
    • Planning your slideshow
    • Things to remember
    • Top Tips
    • Possibilities
    • Equipment and Software
  • 3. Who are you trying to reach?
    • Visitors
    • Funders
    • Donors
    • Supporters
    • Trustees
    • Staff
    • Volunteers
    • Media
    • Partners
    • Corporate Sector
    • People Who Don’t Know Who You Are
    • Global Reach
    And how are you communicating with them?
  • 4. What’s changed?
  • 5. What is digital storytelling?
    • "Digital Storytelling" is an emerging term, one that arises from a grassroots movement that uses new digital tools to help ordinary people tell their own 'true stories' in a compelling and emotionally engaging form. These stories usually take the form of a relatively short story (less than 8 minutes) and can involve interactivity.
    • The term can also be a broader journalistic reference to the variety of emergent new forms of digital narratives (web-based stories, interactive stories, hypertexts, and narrative computer games).
    According to:
  • 6. Why Digital Storytelling?
    • Powerful
    • Cost Effective
    • Anonymous
    • Dynamic
    • Exciting
    • Real
    • Emotive
    • Controlled
    • Authentic
    • Passionate
    • Grassroots
    • Targeted
  • 7. Who is using Digital Storytelling and Audio slideshows?
  • 8. Examples
  • 9.
    • Picked up by The Guardian
    • Spun off a written report on the complex
    • Led to a video report being made by The Guardian
    • Sparked an online debate on the future of the complex
    • Increased website traffic
  • 10. Planning your Digital Story
    • Subject matter
    • Format
    • Style
    • Duration
    • Treatment of your subject
    • Audience
    • Script
  • 11. Scripting tips
    • Keep it simple
    • Short sentences
    • Your script is for facts – your interviews are for emotion
    • A simple introduction to set the scene
    • Always get your interviewees to introduce themselves
  • 12. Pictures
    • Storyboard the shoot
    • Landscape format far better than portrait
    • Good mix of photos – wide, mid range and close
    • ‘ Arty’ is good
    • Take several photographs of each ‘thought’
    • Too much posing is bad – try to get people looking natural, doing something then follow and just shoot, shoot, shoot…
    • Your ‘subject’ shouldn’t be in every shot, think laterally, or shoot close-ups
    • Think of good opening and closing shots
    • If you haven’t taken the photos, check what credits are needed – and web copyright clearance
  • 13. What makes a good story?
    • Story should be personal – thoughts, ideas, experiences
    • A single day or event
    • A definite focus
    • Structure – beginning, middle, end
    • Write the way you speak
    • The story is a journey
  • 14. Things to remember
    • Stories told simply – music not always necessary
    • Better to be short and to the point
    • Different locations, accents, voices, don’t always need a ‘presenter’
    • Think about different formats.
    • Quality of recording – doesn’t matter if it’s a bit raw… it may actually add to the atmosphere
    • Remember your listener/viewer.
  • 15. Recording Top Tips
    • Know what you want - ask yourself ‘What’s the story?’ before you set out.
    • Find a ‘Good Talker’.
    • Think of your listener. They want to be moved, entertained and amazed – just like you.
    • Make your guest feel at ease. Laughter is always good.
    • Don’t go on for hours – know when you’ve got enough material and press stop!
    • If you’re not getting what you want, press pause and tell them what you really need.
    • Ask open questions.
    • Flee from buzzing equipment, passing trains, blaring radios.
    • Perfect the pause – wait just that bit longer for a gem to drop.
    • Smile and nod, smile and nod!
  • 16. Think of the possibilities
    • BBC
    • Newspapers
    • Video sharing sites
  • 17. Equipment
  • 18. Software Audacity: Free audio editing software available online Windows Movie Maker: Free video editor with Windows computers. Also free online iMovie: Free video editor with most Apple computers
  • 19. [email_address] 020 7993 6340