• citizenship,  education,  empowerment,  story,  timeless,  Wales

    How to get your short film seen by 500 million

    When Newport University film studies lecturer and social action broadcast specialist Peter Watkins-Hughes went to Tredegar Comprehensive School students with an idea for a short film about teenage drink driving they said: “It’s not drunk driving that’s the biggest problem; it’s texting while driving”. Peter didn’t have much of a budget, so he asked Gwent Police for help. They gave advice, use of their helicopter, their vehicles and their officers as ‘extras’. When the film was shot and edited, Peter put it on You Tube so he could send a link to BBC commissioners. Within a week, the film had had 50 views. It then rose to 200. Then Peter…

  • digital storytelling,  education,  instruction,  links,  story,  timeless,  tips,  Wales

    Seven articles about helping participants capture their story in digital storytelling

    The person who’s taught me more than anyone about helping people find their story is Gilly Adams. She was the main story facilitator of BBC Capture Wales and she shaped the Story Circle day so it was a close a fit as possible for the digital storyteller in Wales. At DS3  in 2008, Gilly spoke in her keynote of the gift culture of digital storytelling “…where no money changes hands but the currency is the generosity of grace in sharing stories”. The person who hears the story gains two benefits: 1. they get a unique glimpse into the heart of the teller 2. they can often say: “hey, that’s about…

  • citizenship,  digital storytelling,  empowerment,  inclusion,  story,  Uncategorized,  Wales

    Life as a transgender person – digital story

    Jenny-Anne Bishop explains what life was like as a transgender person growing up and living in Wales. She talks about the difficult experiences she has had with her family as a result of her transition. It’s one of four digital stories made by StoryWorks for the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales and I first saw it at their workshop for journalists and programme-makers called ‘Not just another statistic‘ on 17 January 2011 in Cardiff. Guardian columnist Juliet Jacques spoke about trans-related portrayal challenges and Romani journalist Jake Bowers called for the media to stop being so shockingly racist when covering Gypsy and Traveller Community stories. Jake works with the…

  • digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  Wales

    DS6 digital storytelling conference advance notice of date and call for speakers

    DS Cymru has announced on its blog that the “DS6 International Digital Storytelling Festival will take place on Friday 17th June 2011 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales“. DS Cymru’s Esko Reinikainen is calling for “suggestions for our speaker and breakout sessions long list”. Deadline for submissions is Monday 14th February and the form is at http://goo.gl/aBelk. Booking details for delegates will follow. I met DS Cymru member and head of Aberystwyth Arts Centre Alan Hewson over the weekend and he’s really looking forward to this sixth annual get-together. Another digital storyteller who’s looking forward to the event is Daniel Meadows who’ll be in Aberystwyth this summer. All in all, DS6…

  • digital storytelling,  technology,  Wales

    Hacio’r Iaith – hacking the Welsh language

    I spent Saturday in Aberystwyth at Hacio’r Iaith – the second annual Welsh-language code camp. Highlights included: A fantastic one-hour crash crowd-sourced creative session aimed at translating newly-out-of-copyright Welsh poet Gwilym Deudraeth’s work into multimedia, digital stories and more. This session was very  well facilitated by Carl Morris of NativeHQ. Here’s a summary of the work, including a ten second video based on Deudraeth’s englyn about Gandhi which took me twenty minutes to make and publish using Zoom H2, JayCut and YouTube. The announcement of a Welsh-language PhD scholarship at Aberystwyth University, researching local and hyper-local Welsh language multimedia for Golwg360. Meeting some enthusiastic people, including Telsa Gwynne, who translated…

  • Wales

    Aberth Digital Storytelling site changes

    I just wanted to let you know that I’m redesigning this site and relocating it from my old server to a shiny new one. Hope you can bear with me while I sort out the site maintenence over the weekend. Crossing fingers…

  • digital storytelling,  story,  Wales

    StoryBank, Cancer Genetics, StoryWorks and old friends

    Thanksgiving Day (USA) was also the day of the launch of StoryBank Cancer Genetics digital stories at the University of Glamorgan’s Atrium building in Cardiff, Wales.  It was a fantastic event. First Minister Carwyn Jones AM, who formally launched StoryBank, told a moving story about a serviceman posted home who discovered from military records that he’d been sent home because his mother had cancer and wasn’t expected to live very long. Carwyn said: “That man was my father”. What a way to discover such bad news.The health professionals who spoke from the stage said stories are a much better way than pamphlets to: persuade people with a significant history of…

  • citizenship,  empowerment,  Wales

    Plant – 100,000 trees

    How can one child’s idea change a country? Here’s an example. The 100,000th tree has been planted in time for National Tree Week. That’s one for every child born or adopted in Wales.  Here’s how it happened: “The original idea for the scheme came from a Cardiff schoolgirl, Natalie Vaughan, 11 who wrote to her Assembly Member, Sue Essex, suggesting that planting a tree for every child born or adopted would be a good way to make young people think about their environment and the role they have in preserving it. The Welsh Assembly Government decided to run with the idea and it is now being delivered on their behalf…

  • digital storytelling,  story,  Wales

    Digital stories containing home movies

    Here are some links to digital stories shown on the BBC website which contain home movies, archive film and especially-shot video – i.e. not just stills To Know Someone by Canadian student Nicole Lavergne Smith mixes home movie footage of her grandmother as a young woman with Nicole’s story of her grandmother’s dementia today. Another effective, albeit brief, use of home movie in a digital story by Gill Jones from the Breaking Barriers project. This Rhondda Lives! story by Les Rees is remarkable for its use of 1926 carnival archive footage from the National Library of Wales. Les was actually at this carnival and remembers it well. Here’s a seldom-screened…

  • citizenship,  empowerment,  story,  Wales

    See how trees could improve your local area with a new tool that helps get them planted.

    The Woodland Trust has launched a new civic campaigning tool called MyView that will be of interest if you feel your neighborhood could benefit from having some trees planted there. Step 1 take a photo of an area near you which you feel would benefit from some trees Step 2 upload it to the site and drap-and-drop some virtual trees to the view to make it look nicer. Caption your work by maybe adding a story about why this is a place that’s special to you. Personal stories are a powerful tool in getting things implemented, as we learn from Patients’ Voices’ health-related stories. Step 3 send a link to…