Digital Storytelling is a form of digital media production that combines audio, images, and video clips to tell a story or present an idea in two-to-four minutes.
Digital Stories can be used to:
There are three main types of Digital Stories:
This tutorial has multiple modules to help work your way through the steps below, including
Because Digital Stories are typically two-to-four minutes in length, it is important that the topic of your story is well focused and scoped appropriately. Think about digital stories as a single chapter in a book, rather than an entire novel.
When planning your digital story, consider the following:
Beginning your Digital Story:
Scripting and storyboarding will help you plan out both the narrative and the visuals for your video, making the production phase more seamless.
Writing tip: To establish a connection with your audience, write your script like you are speaking to a friend to make it sound more casual rather than academic.
It can be hard to hear people’s opinions about your work, but taking the time to get feedback can truly make a difference in the final product. As you are getting feedback, remember:
To help frame the feedback, and make it more helpful for your purpose, come up with specific questions:
You can also have more general questions:
Also feel free to give parameters to your reviewers:
Remember, getting feedback is to help you understand how someone else is experiencing your script and storyboard. It is opinion and you can take it or leave.
Depending on your script and storyboard, you may need to:
When creating your own media, start to visualize what your story looks and feels like.
You may have done some of this work during your researching and storyboarding steps. In this step, you make decisions about what works best and if you need to find or create additional media.
Gather all your media together and bring it into whatever tool you use to edit video.
Tip for assembling your video: Be flexible. Sometimes the way something looks in your head ends up looking very different when you actually try it. Video making requires that you rethink, revise, and make changes as you go. Allow yourself to play and don’t be afraid to let go of what doesn’t work.
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