• conference,  digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  inclusion,  japan,  media literacy,  mobile,  people,  story,  technology,  Wales

    DS8 digital storytelling conference review 2013

    Digital storytellers from as far afield as Japan to Norway and from Egypt to Canton gathered together in Cardiff on 14 June 2013 for the DS8 digital storytelling conference. The host, Karen Lewis, co-director of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling thanked the sponsors – the Arts Council of Wales – welcomed everyone on behalf of DS Cymru and introduced the first guest speaker. (All speakers’ biographies are on the DS8 site) Personal factual participation & collaboration are themes running through Mandy Rose‘s Video Nation, Capture Wales and academic career. Speaking of her time with BBC Video Nation, she said: “I think the veto we gave Video Nation diarists to opt out of…

  • capturing assets,  conference,  media literacy,  mobile,  timeless

    The guilt every photographer feels

    Photographer guilt stems from the disarray of our photographic collections on various devices and  lack of legacy archive planning. Back in the day when we used film and had our photographs developed and printed, there were two things that were different from today’s digital image world. We were more careful about the images we captured because there was stock and production to pay for. We could put our hands on our proudest images because we’d move them from the developer’s envelope into photo albums and scrapbooks. Today, we snap more images. They’re kept on different places: phones, cameras, storage cards and drives, hard drives, laptops and in the cloud. It’s…

  • conference,  digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  mobile,  story,  Wales

    DS7 digital storytelling conference review 2012

    The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling hosted this year’s annual Digital Storytelling Festival DS7 at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, on Thursday 7th June 2012. It has been held in each of the previous six years at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. This is my annual cribsheet, looking back at the day. There are links to past festivals at the end of this post. Annie Correal Cowbird, opened the batting at DS7 and she made everyone gasp when she revealed that her father had been kidnapped and held hostage in Colombia. You can hear about what happened in Episode 409 of This American Life. Cowbird was hatched when Annie met Jonathan Harris…

  • digital storytelling,  education,  media literacy,  mobile,  story

    Center for Digital Storytelling’s Joe Lambert teaching iPhone storytelling in London 2-4 June

    Joe Lambert, CDS Founder and Director, is coming to Cardiff to DS7 on 7 June 2012. While he’s in the UK he’s leading an iPhone workshop in London on June 2-4. Here’s the info from CDS: “Join CDS Founder and Director Joe Lambert on a weekend walk through the old City of London to explore your story against the backdrop of London streets. Using iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch, you will shoot, record, edit and complete a short film. See http://www.storycenter.org/iphone-workshop/ for more information. Special offer – Sliding Scale $100-$300/participant. Limit 15 participants.” For details, email workshop@storycenter.org This sounds like a diamond opportunity for UK Digital Storytellers to learn about…

  • capturing assets,  education,  links,  media literacy,  mobile,  technology,  Wales

    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.

  • capturing assets,  digital storytelling,  education,  instruction,  links,  media literacy,  mobile

    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…

  • audio,  digital storytelling,  mobile,  story,  Wales

    Digital Storytelling as a marketing tool

    This post is about how audio storytelling has been used to publicise a radio play. On Friday, I attended an industry screening by Cyfle’s Digital Delta multiplatform writers. Cyfle began as a training organisation for TV in Wales and – starting with its landmark Dimension 10 course – it has diversified into digital multiplatform too. The project that most caught my eye was an audio digital story project called A Shoebox of Snow. AudioBoo was used as the publication platform and the brief to participants was: “what do you keep hold of in your home because of the stories that are attached to it?” The concept’s sponsor was Justine Potter…

  • digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  education,  instruction,  media literacy,  mobile,  story

    One-hour digital storytelling?

    Is there a form of digital storytelling that can give people a taste of what’s possible in just one hour? That’s the question Nicky Getgood and I wrestled with when we met earlier today. Nicky works with Talk About Local and edits the Digbeth is Good hyperlocal online site. The 1 October 2011 #Storycamp in Ludlow is what Nicky was inspired to organise after she attended DS6. Nicky and I began by looking back at the Capture Wales project, then we wondered about what kinds of video outputs might be produced at the Ludlow #Storycamp. The model we’re considering piloting consists of: – four images, including titles; – half a…

  • citizenship,  digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  education,  inclusion,  media literacy,  mobile,  museums,  story,  technology,  Wales

    DS6 digital storytelling conference review 2011

    For the UK’s digital storytellers, a trip to Aberystwyth Arts Centre has been something of an annual pilgrimage for some years now. DS6 took place on Friday 16 June 2011. In keeping with previous years, here’s my review of the day. First on the DS6 stage was Angeline Koh of Singapore-based Digital Storytelling Asia. I first became aware of the interest in digital storytelling in Singapore when I wrote this blog post entitled 6,000 Storytellers four years ago. I could tell from hearing Angeline speak just how much of an inspiration Denise Atchley – wife of the late Dana Atchley – had been. Angeline says digital storytelling is still quite…