Digital Storytelling

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This is the first digital storytelling "textbook" originally created for students in the Center for Digital Storytelling's workshops and has been used throughout the years to help those new to digital storytelling understand the medium and begin the process of making their own digital story.

You can download the first five chapters of the cookbook:

1. Stories in Our Lives: Discusses the importance of stories in our lives and how to find the story you want to tell.

2. Seven Elements: Describes the basic elements of multimedia story, from writing a considered narrative to choosing an appropriate soundtrack.

3. Approaches to Scripting: Writing exercises and ideas of how to start telling your story.

4. Storyboarding: A guide to matching your script to images, sounds, and music.

5. Digitizing Story Elements: Outlines how to digitize the various elements of your story: scanning images, capturing video and audio, and recording your voiceover.

You can download the PDF created by Joe Lambert and the Center for Digital Storytelling here.

Movers and Shakers

Joe Lambert

A 5-minute interview with Joe Lambert, co-founder of the Center for Digital Storytelling, about the digital storytelling movement.

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Daniel Meadows

A 9-minute video interview with Daniel Meadows, founder of BBC's Capture Wales Project, about the power of digital storytelling.

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Capture Wales Project

Capture Wales is the BBC's award-winning Digital Storytelling project which came out of a partnership formed in 2001 between BBC Wales and Cardiff University. BBC Capture Wales ran monthly workshops from 2001 - February 2008, facilitating people in the making of their digital stories. In this section you can watch the wealth of stories that were created on workshops during that period. To watch the stories, install Real's free player for Win 98/XP/2000 or Mac/Win'95. Get help with the player or with watching video online.

Example of his work can be seen in his BBC Capture Wales Project.

His direct personal website with hundreds of videos can be found PhotoBus.

From his personal website:

Digital Stories are multimedia narratives Short, personal and written with feeling there's a strictness to their construction: 250 words, a dozen or so pictures, and two minutes is about the right length. Considered narratives which subject themselves to strictures of form tend to elegance. Digital Stories -- when properly done -- can be tight as sonnets: multimedia sonnets from the people. I started working with this form in 2000 when, following a research trip to the USA, I borrowed a Californian model of Digital Storytelling (all links open in a new window) and, together with a team at BBC Wales, began developing it as a new way of making broadcast television. I believed then and I believe now that this form can be used to open up the airwaves for a wide range of users, in short to give a voice to all those who, until now, have thought of themselves -- in a broadcast context anyway -- only as part of "the audience". Democratic Media Digital Stories are best made in workshops where participants come together to share skills and benefit from the assistance of facilitators. A workshop gives its participants courage, for making a Digital Story isn't easy. It can, though, be remarkably empowering and, when imagined as a tool of democratised media, it has I think the potential to change the way we engage in our communities. At the BBC we created an itinerant workshop, a lab we could take out on the road: to miners' institutes and welfare halls, community IT suites and arts centres, schools and colleges. Our project was called BBC Capture Wales. It ran from 2001 until 2008. Nearly 600 stories were produced and it won some awards including a BAFTA Cymru.

KQED Digital Storytelling

Blurb on their Digital Initiative Project.

KQED Manual

"The Art, Skill, Craft, and Magic of Digital Storytelling: A How-Come, How-To Guide"


Chapter 1: Finding the Experience Chapter includes discussion on Story Styles, Narrative Theory, The Restorying Process

Chapter 2: Telling the Story Chapter includes discussion on Creating a Storyboard, Digitizing Assets, Organizing Your Computer

Chapter 3: Creating the Piece Chapter includes discussion on Hardware and Software, Editing Video, Editing Audio

Chapter 4: Publishing the Work Chapter includes discussion on File Formats, Export the Finished Project, Using Digital Storytelling as a Resource

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