New local TV station in Wales wants your films and digital stories

Today – 31 January 2012 – 3VTV is launched. It’s a local internet-based TV channel for the three valleys that make up Blaenau Gwent in south Wales, UK.

On the website there are videos made by 3VTV themselves as well as from partner organisations like Breaking Barriers Community Arts, Made in Tredegar, etc.

Viewers are invited to upload or suggest embed links to their own films.

I especially like the navigation of films by map. That’s after all what local and hyperlocal are all about.

To keep up to date with developments you can follow @3VTV on Twitter.

Here’s a taste of the output. It’s a video called Pins and Things about a mother and daughter – Zoe and Jay – who run a haberdashery shop in Ebbw Vale.

Please help to spread the word about 3VTV because it’s great to see a new local TV channel like this launching.

Date of DS7 #digitalstorytelling festival announced by George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling

I’ve just had this note from Karen Lewis, project lead of StoryWorks and co-director of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling:

“The seventh annual Digital Storytelling festival is happening in Cardiff this year, not Aberystwyth. It will be hosted by the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling (University of Glamorgan), and will be held in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff on Thursday June 7th.

“There will be more publicity out in due course, but I wanted to give you all the date for your diary now as you may be interested in attending.”

Learn how to shoot for the web and edit video archive mashups

Welsh media trainers Cyfle have two tantalising training courses which are open for registration now:

1. Archive Mashup
Learn how to mix diverse archive video clips and sounds.
A part-time course beginning 26 March 2012

2. Shooting for the web
Learn how to plan, script, shoot, edit and upload footage specifically for the web and mobile devices. Using Sony EX3 cameras, the trainer is Simon Walker. A three-day course from 12-14 March 2012

For details of course fees, application and selection process, go to Cyfle’s website. The courses are held in Wales.

Using your mobile phone as a digital storytelling tool

My friend Bethan is planning a workshop to train artists and business people in using their mobile phones to tell stories about the work they do and she asked me for some ideas. I had a chat and then sent her these four links and I thought I’d share them with you here too:

Vlog tutorial This short video tutorial is from one of the pioneering video blogging sites.

Great tips from the Video Nation archive.


Citizen media network Witness Video Advocacy offers craft and safety tips here.

The old BBC Scotland digital storytelling project Highland Lives offered this valuable PDF document with useful tips on planning your shoot and advice about getting good sound.