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CMWP - digital storytelling

  1. 1. CMWP the one about digital storytelling by jenny weight CMWP your digital story project by JennyWeight RMIT University
  2. 2. Digital storytelling • Stories created for distribution on the internet which make great use of digital production tools. • Not just video!
  3. 3. Digital storytelling • You have a great deal of freedom • However, having a lot of choices doesn’t make it easy • And a lot of the technological options are too amateurish • As with any storytelling exercise, you need to have a plan • You also need to accept that whatever you do, it must be very short. • Teams – work in a group to do a bigger project. • There are also more marks available in you’re in a group • You can only do video and animation if you’re in a group.
  4. 4. Fiction or non-fiction? • Planning your story will be different depending on this decision
  5. 5. Fiction • Character, plot, location • Motivations, problems -> write a synopsis
  6. 6. • Then write the script • And the storyboard. I recommend: • Accept that you are not going to use actors. It’s too much work for such a small project. Plus you probably don’t yet have the skills to direct. • Your storyboard should have less than 6 scenes • Consider at the start what the visual style will be (but don’t lock it in yet, see the slide ‘aesthetics and technology’).Your plot needs to be practically achievable. • You can do an audio project or a mainly textual project and avoid needing many images
  7. 7. Non-fiction • Not so much a story, but a problem/issue you want to explore • You need to locate and foreground the human interest in the problem • Structure – the beginning should establish the human interest. Perhaps an interviewee? A problem we can all relate to? Maybe put yourself in the frame – it’s personal and instantly dramatic. • The middle explores the problem. It’s not an essay, don’t be too dispassionate.You need to keep your audience emotionally engaged • The conclusion – you may or may not have a solution, but you need to wrap it up somehow. • Your storyboard should be less than 6 scenes. • To inspire you to do non-fiction I recommend this: by Michaela Hackner
  8. 8. Linear or non-linear? • A linear work is the traditional beginning – middle – end. Non-linear might be interactive or hypertextual. Different readers can have different experiences. Both are possible with digital storytelling. • In a non-linear work, your viewer may never reach your conclusion • Some platforms encourage linearity (eg video) and some encourage non-linearity (eg wikis). Some do both, for example, you can have a choice on endings in aYoutube video
  9. 9. autobiography • history futuristic genre fable allegory Children’s comedy satire Social media issues biography
  10. 10. Cultural difference • Cultural difference Cultural difference Cultural difference Cultural difference Cultural difference Cultural difference Cultural differenc Cultural difference Cultural difference Cultural difference However, whatever genre you choose, it must somehow be about
  11. 11. Why? Because we this program is very international. The sooner we find ways of working together, the better…
  12. 12. A dream • mythology international students diaspora cinema food Work history travel music social issues Home life
  13. 13. Your digital story proposal • You need to submit your proposal to your tutor. Here are the details: • • Discuss your idea with your tutor before you submit the proposal • You should get feedback on your proposal before you start production.
  14. 14. Options Be careful ! • You have to rely on production skills you already have. • You should only use simple equipment at this stage, unless you have good pre-existing skills. • You need to experiment with options you have not used before. Give yourself time for testing!Work in a group! Distribute the workload!
  15. 15. Do you want to do video? • Use skills you already have (ie, don’t do video unless you already have video skills) • publish it inYoutube orVimeo (better quality) then embed it in your blog • Or consider using Popcorn • Video projects must be group projects
  16. 16. Interactive video adventures usingYoutube, for example Read this for more Great video tips and production techniques: Some ideas for video…
  17. 17. Do you want to do animation? • Use skills you already have • You’d publish inYoutube orVimeo (better quality) then embed it in your blog • Animation projects must be group projects • Lots of online animation tools – however some of them are very amateurish.Test them!
  18. 18. Do you want to do Photography? Photojournalism? A video made up of a sequence of photos? An instagram story? Can be hard to sync audio and transitions, for that reason you may want to compile it all in iMovie (or similar) and output it in a video The visual style becomes very important.You may need good Photoshop skills
  19. 19. What about a textual project? • However you should incorporate still images • And graphic design elements • Text alone is boring on theWeb • Includes wikis, blogs, micro blogging, twitter and other forms of social media
  20. 20. Text-centric
  21. 21. Text-centric
  22. 22. Text-centric
  23. 23. What about drawing? • It is likely you’d incorporate either audio, text, or both • It is important, and time-consuming, to develop a consistent aesthetic when using stills. • There are lots of little apps to help you make comics using their characters and sets. However, many of them a squarely aimed at children and they may not offer you enough creative freedom. • Perhaps you’ll need to expand your Photoshop, Illustrator (name your software here) skills? • If you have an ipad, it’s great for drawing
  24. 24. Warning: steep learning curve! Some free drawing tools
  25. 25. Howabout an ebook • Mainly text, but • Much more powerful to have images as well • However, combining text and image is a design challenge • How you do it may depend on your structure – hypertext? Non-linear?Or simple linear? • Simple blogs likeTumblr and Posterous • Or a pdf? • Or a zine publishing platform?
  26. 26. Ebooks and zines
  27. 27. Ebooks and zines
  28. 28. Ebooks and zines
  29. 29. Audio projects • You can do a mainly audio project • podcasts • SoundCloud • Perhaps embed the audio in your blog, then incorporate images
  30. 30. Audio-centric
  31. 31. A bit of everything
  32. 32. A bit of everything
  33. 33. Not an exhaustive list • You can go beyond my suggestions • The web is all about recombining, synthesizing BUT WHATEVER, You need to discuss how you’re going to do it with your tutor. His or her main worry will be whether you’re taking on too much. Complexity is easy. Simplicity is art.
  34. 34. Actually Everything is complex, the art lies in making it look simple.
  35. 35. 3 cants and 1 must • You can’t break copyright (including music copyright) • You have to credit everything you use, and everyone that was involved • You can’t do anything with minors without parental consent • You can’t video/photograph private property without owner’s consent
  36. 36. The story is the difficult part, not the digital digital-storytelling-how-to-tell-a-story-that- stands-out-in-the-digital-age/ Tips for telling 6 second stories:
  37. 37. Some inspiration • _the_story.html • Missing: • The last hunt: hunt-a-stunning-piece-of-digital-storytelling/ • Student work:
  38. 38. Credits • Chilling by 1BobHolt cc some rights reserved Thanks to ‘Stories on the go’ by Sherlly Ferrell (tiny.url/shellyferrell)