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

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

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