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    Four things to do before saving the final version of your digital story

    You’ve reached the end of your digital storytelling workshop and everyone’s getting ready to render and output their finished digital story. Here are four things you need to think about: 1. Make sure each digital storyteller in the workshop watches their film from start to finish 2. Make sure there are no mistakes with narration or images: an image duplicated or in the wrong place, a piece of narration clashing with an image 3. Correct any typos in the titles or credits 4. Double-check the spelling of names Here’s a related article on Capture Wales about sharing your digital story. Written and first published by Gareth Morlais on 30 June…

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    Why you should keep movie titles away from the edges

    When adding titles and end credits to your digital story, use only the middle 80% of the screen. The central area is the TV safe area. If you creep too far out to the edges, there’s a risk letters will get lost if the story’s broadcast on TV. Old cathode-ray tube TVs trim the edges and on newer LCD screens, people often have their zoom set to ‘automatic’, which trims the edges. This TV safe area tip is one I learned from Rob Thompson. He used to be a video editor at BBC Wales but I think he now works with Avid in the Middle East.

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    How do you solve a problem like portrait?

    Showing landscape-oriented photos and still images in your digital story is straightforward. You just crop, constraining dimensions to 768 x 576 pixels, or whichever dimensions you use. But how do you crop and display portrait-oriented images in your story? If you want full control over the way your portrait-oriented photos are shown in your digital story, here are the steps I use when explaining cropping and showing them. In Photoshop… change background colour to Black (usually) Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool. When you click and drag out, you’ll notice the ‘marching ants’ around your selection On the top Menu bar: Edit > Copy Menu: File > New > Background colour…

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    Why naming conventions matter

    Here’s a tip that will make post-production, storing, archiving and finding individual digital stories easier. When working with workshop participants and individuals, ask them to make a final decision about which name they will use on their digital story. This seems so simple, but some people find it difficult because: they have a name like John Smith which makes it hard to identify or make themselves stand out in public the name by which they’re known is not their given name they think they may like to keep the option of telling an anonymous story etc Having decided on a name. Make one folder called, say, “joe-m-bloggs”. Spelling is important,…

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    Housekeeping for digital storytelling training workshop

    Here’s a cribsheet I wrote to remind me of what to say at the beginning of the first day of our three-day digital storytelling workshops around Wales: Fire drill Beware of tripping on cables. I’d let people know that I’ve written each person’s name on a PostIt on each computer. Planning the seating is something we didn’t leave to chance. Remind people to take regular screen breaks, change their seating position, be comfy… Let people know where toilets are Let people know start and end times and times of refreshment breaks. Ask people to drink and eat away from the computer please. Introduce trainers, storytellers, newcomers (at start of subsequent…

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    A Thousand Words

    A Thousand Words from Ted Chung on Vimeo. A year ago, I pondered about Stories That Work with the Sound Turned Off. Today I saw this four-minute movie: A Thousand Words. The movie’s by Ted Chung; thanks for the link to  @ShortFilmFest) It’s a personal story – albeit fiction, maybe – but it’s an utterly engaging ‘silent’ movie about a chance encounter. It’s got romance, zing and it leaves you wanting more. This four minute personal romance is a perfect form for civic screens, noisy pubs, tube escalators, etc. I love it.

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    DS4 Festival of Digital Storytelling 2009 cribsheet

    Telling stories of Llanberis slate and Hollywood features, more than a hundred digital storytellers gathered for the annual digital storytelling festival in Aberystwyth. Here’s my illustrated story of the day… L to R: Annette Mees, Dai Evans (holding the new-technology version of a teaspoon) and Bonnie Shaw. DS4 – 17 June 2009, Aberystwyth Arts Centre Huw Davies showed intergenerational stories based around old silent colour footage of farming in north-east Wales. And announced he’s secured £200k funding for a feature film mixing old and new footage, with the new being shot by 150 especially-trained film-makers/digital storytellers in Rhyl. Annette  Mees described how playing Big Ball Bingo and listening to community-members’…

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    Mrs Smoke shares 35 refreshing digital storytelling links

    What a great Desert Island Digital Storytelling links list on the Making Teachers Nerdy Blog today. The sections on Web 2.0 and Storyboarding are especially refreshing. Mrs Smoke is Dyane Smokorowski: a Technology Instructional Coach and Integrationist for the Andover Schools and an Intel US Senior Trainer in Andover, KS, USA. You can follow her on Twitter via http://twitter.com/Mrs_Smoke. I’ve been commentating on digital storytelling on Twitter for a few weeks now using the username @digitalst. Feel free to follow me there, even if you don’t know me personally. I’ve learned a lot about digital storytelling around the world from the Twitter digital storytelling community, all all credit to them…

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    The future of digital storytelling in public spaces

    This post is a response to a question asked on Museum 3.0 group about: “the future of digital storytelling in regards to broader social networking tools” by Angelina Russo, an Associate Professor at Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia. As this question’s related to museum of the future, I’ll begin with an editorial approach to applications of digital storytelling in museums, libraries, galleries and other public spaces before addressing technical issues. The teaching of the activity of digital storytelling in public spaces can form part of a museum’s educational program where: people learn about history, area, objects, etc. the learning spans curriculum areas media literacy is improved citizens get their voice ‘exhibited’…

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    Three digital storytelling ideas for museums

    If you work in a museum, library or archive and you’re looking for digital storytelling inspiration, here are links to three ideas in this blog: Archive Meets Storytelling – A step-by-step set of instructions on how to run a workshop which delivers short videos mixing considered but unscripted personal reminiscence with existing archive footage. What a Museum is – Pondering on museum paradigms: “Living-memory sections of museums are more to do with memories than artefacts. So museum managers can feel free to move away from traditional perceptions of what it is they’re doing. That’s when they’ll feel it’s OK to instruct their staff to spend less time on objects and…