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Tools for Digital Storytelling


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Tools for Digital Storytelling webinar with Erika Padilla-Morales of Streetside Stores and Melissa Jun Rowley.

This event is part of the TechSoup Digital Storytelling Event 2011:

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Tools for Digital Storytelling

  1. 1. January 20, 2011 11am Pacific/12pm Mountain/1pm Central/2pm Eastern
  2. 2. Audio is only available by calling this number 800-379-4140
  3. 3. Using ReadyTalk <ul><li>Chat & raise hand </li></ul><ul><li>All lines are muted </li></ul><ul><li>If you lose your internet connection, reconnect using the link emailed to you. </li></ul><ul><li>If you lose your phone connection, re-dial the phone number and re-join. </li></ul><ul><li>ReadyTalk support: 800-843-9166 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Empowering learners to constructively share their voices on the global stage! This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial - NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License .
  5. 5. We are working toward a time when every nonprofit and social benefit organization on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge they need to operate at their full potential.
  6. 8. Last week’s webinar
  7. 9. Today’s Speakers Melissa Jun Rowley Facilitator: Kami Griffiths , TechSoup Global Assisting with chat questions: Becky Wiegand, Evonne Heyning & TechSoup Online Community and Social Media team Erika Padilla-Morales
  8. 10. Poll: What motivates you to take on the digital storytelling challenge? <ul><li>Raising money </li></ul><ul><li>Growing membership </li></ul><ul><li>Shifting public perception </li></ul><ul><li>Creating staff/internal alignment </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging tribe of supporters </li></ul>
  9. 11. Where do you start?
  10. 13. Once the Script Is Written… <ul><ul><li>Production Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How much time do you have for the project? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet your deadline </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work backwards </li></ul><ul><li>visualize the piece you want to before you create it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide on story format (narrative, interview, poetry, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide on story media (stills, video, combo) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare interview questions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  11. 14. Script/Story Plan <ul><li>Story/Script </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep pieces to < 2 minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your story should have a beginning, middle, & end </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Storyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The plan for the images/video that will illustrate your story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple two column layout breaks down the script and what images/video matches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TOOL SUGGESTION: Create a simple storyboard with paper </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  12. 15. Sample Storyboard Script/Sound Effect/Music Image/Video <ul><li>Mary had a little lamb </li></ul><ul><li>(Sound: birds singing, girl humming tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb) </li></ul>Drawing of Mary with her lamb in a field with flowers. <ul><li>Whose fleece was white as snow </li></ul><ul><li>(Sound: girl continues to hum  Mary Had a Little Lamb) </li></ul>Drawing of snowflake. <ul><li>And everywhere that Mary went </li></ul><ul><li>(Sound: girl continues to hum  Mary Had a Little Lamb) </li></ul>Drawing of Mary walking into the mall.
  13. 16. Sample Storyboard
  14. 18. Voice Over <ul><li>Read your story to convey the emotion of the story </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Be mindful of ambient sound (machines, traffic, air conditioners, alarms, cell phones, other people).  </li></ul><ul><li>Ears tune out white noise; recording devices pick up white noise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>--it will distract your audience. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>TOOL SUGGESTION: Digital Voice Recorder, Mobile phone recorder, Audacity (free editing software) </li></ul>
  15. 19. USB Digital Voice Recorder $25 - $300
  16. 20. Audacity
  17. 21. Image/Video <ul><li>Create, Capture & Collect Images to Tell Your Story     a. Capture HIGH Quality still images </li></ul><ul><li>- (300 dpi scanned, or at least 3 MegaPX) </li></ul><ul><li>    b. Be careful of cell phone images/video </li></ul><ul><li>    c. Video: at least 400x300 pixels </li></ul><ul><li>- Let the setting be known </li></ul><ul><li>- Shooting techniques: wide shot, panning (left to right) tilting (up/down) </li></ul><ul><li>   d. Visual Effects (overdoing can distract from your images and story) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>TOOL SUGGESTION: Flip Video Camera,  </li></ul><ul><li>                               Kodak EasyShare, zi8 </li></ul>
  18. 22. Digital Camera + Tripod $50 - $200 $10
  19. 23. Video Camera & Tripod $150 $10 Flip Video on TechSoup : 2 cameras + tripod=$175* *check organization eligibility
  20. 24. Sumopaint - Online Free Image Editor
  21. 25. Creative Commons Search
  22. 27. Video Editors (Free with your operating system or camera) <ul><li>TOOL SUGGESTIONS: </li></ul><ul><li>Powerpoint, </li></ul><ul><li>Movie Maker (Windows), </li></ul><ul><li>iMovie (Mac), </li></ul><ul><li>FlipVideo Editor (cross-platform) </li></ul>
  23. 28. Import Your Assets <ul><li>Import audio and images/video into your project </li></ul><ul><li>To upload in most editing software: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect device </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload assets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drag and drop into project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  24. 29. iMovie: Importing IMPORT VIDEO 1 . Attach device 2. Go to File > Import 3. Select Source 4. Import IMPORT STILLS/AUDIO 1. Select Asset 2. Drag/Drop it into the work area GO TO THE HELP MENU, tutorial, or online resources for more hints!
  25. 30. Editing Your Story <ul><li>Put the clips in order of the storyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Match the images to your audio track </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Story Format        a . Opening Credits introduce the piece        b. Clips/Footage are the pieces of your story        c. Closing Credits acknowledge roles/resources </li></ul><ul><li> * Transitions - Move the audience from one part of the story to another - Enhance the tone of your piece, coincide with music </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  26. 31. iMovie: Interface Key: 1. Playhead 2. Clip 3. Transition 4. Crop/Ken Burns Tool 5. Preview Panel with Sample Title 6. Editing Tools 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 4.
  27. 32. Polishing Your Story <ul><li>Video & Sound Effects/Background Music </li></ul><ul><li>Use effects to emphasize the emotion of a piece </li></ul><ul><li>Don't OVERDO sound/music </li></ul><ul><li>Fade audio in/out </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>TOOL SUGGESTIONS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Free Sound Project, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flashkit,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative Commons Search </li></ul></ul>
  28. 33. The Free Sound Project
  29. 34. Flashkit Sound Loops
  30. 35. Creative Commons Search
  31. 36. iMovie: Exporting 1 . Name Your Project - Include Date - Meaningful Name 2. Select a location to save it 3. Choose a format/size 4. Export & Save 5. Save a duplicate copy to a backup location (not on the same drive)
  32. 37. Common Video Formats .WMV Window Media Video File .AVI Audio Video Interleave File .MOV Apple QuickTime Movie .M4V iTunes Video File .MP4 MPEG-4 Video File .MPG MPEG Video File
  33. 38. Vimeo's Video School
  34. 39. Current TV Producer Resources
  35. 41. Share Your Story <ul><li>HAVE A SHOWING </li></ul><ul><li>Get a response to your work </li></ul><ul><li>See how the audience connects </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate your work! </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>TOOL SUGGESTIONS: </li></ul><ul><li>Projector </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Celebration snacks! </li></ul>
  36. 42. Get People Talking <ul><li>Distribute by Building Buzz with Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Share your story with others </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage audiences to share it…and so on </li></ul><ul><li>Optimizing your video for search: include title, description, tags </li></ul><ul><li>TOOL SUGGESTIONS: Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr </li></ul>
  37. 43.   Recapturing the Process
  38. 44. Examples of What You Can Do Fierce Light: When spirit meets action Bus Stop Love
  39. 45. I Want to Know More... Aberth Digital Storytelling
  40. 46. Need to Get Started? <ul><li>Webinar: How to Tell Your Digital Story </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  41. 47. Erika @epadillamorales | Melissa @MelissaRowley What will you create? Now that you have the tools…
  42. 48. Questions? Submit your questions using the chat box.
  43. 49. Brainstorm/Inspire Ideas <ul><li>Ads of the World </li></ul><ul><li>I Am Poems (examples) </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons Search </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Thinking Strategies </li></ul>
  44. 50. Training/Lesson Resources <ul><li>Video Monkey </li></ul><ul><li>Acting Out </li></ul><ul><li>Creating Podcasting with Students </li></ul><ul><li>MixCraft (Podcasting software for windows) </li></ul>
  45. 51. Digital Media Outlets <ul><li>The Modern Story   </li></ul><ul><li>Current TV </li></ul><ul><li>New America Media </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Radio </li></ul><ul><li>KQED </li></ul><ul><li>Bay Area Video Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>Education Podcast Network </li></ul><ul><li>BBC’s Telling Lives Project </li></ul><ul><li>This American Life </li></ul><ul><li>Snap Judgment </li></ul>
  46. 52. Resources <ul><li>Digital Storytelling Challenge: </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Storytelling Event Video: </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Storytelling Event </li></ul><ul><li>TSDigs Event Partners: </li></ul><ul><li>Ask further questions you have in the event forum: </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit Video Toolkit: </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Storytelling Around the Web: </li></ul>
  47. 53. The Challenge is On! <ul><li>Submit your 60-second or less YouTube video or 5-panel image story on Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Win great prizes including ones from Flickr, FlipVideo, Adobe, Citrix, and more </li></ul><ul><li>Hurry--deadline to submit your story is January 31st </li></ul><ul><li>More details on the Challenge page: </li></ul>
  48. 55. Thank You! Kami Griffiths,, 415-633-9392 Please complete the post-event survey!