• citizenship,  digital storytelling,  education,  empowerment,  inclusion,  media literacy,  people

    Premila Gamage, Sri Lankan Digital Storyteller

    It’s International Women’s Day today. This year’s theme centres on Empowering Rural Women. So today’s the day I want to talk about a digital storyteller I met in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in December 2011. Premila Gamage works at the Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo; in her spare time she’s taking the tools of digital storytelling to rural areas of Sri Lanka, encouraging people to tell their stories, publishing them online and helping people realise the dreams they outline in their stories. I’d been was introduced to Premila via email by Sarah Copeland who’d met Premila because they were both studying at Leeds Metropolitan University. So Premila and I made arrangements…

  • conference,  digital storytelling,  links,  media literacy,  story,  Wales

    DS7 digital storytelling festival ticketing and speakers announced

    The main speakers and registration details for the DS7 Digital Storytelling Festival 2012 have just been officially announced. DS7 will be held at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales, on the 7th of June 2012. Tickets for the day cost £40, available from the DS7 website. Here are the details from the mail-out from Karen Lewis of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, University of Glamorgan, who are hosting this year’s festival. This year’s speakers include: Annie Correal of the Cowbird storytelling community http://cowbird.com Natasha Armstrong of the Historypin mapping-meets-storytelling project http://www.historypin.com/ Patrizia Braga and Steve Bellis of pan-European digital storytelling partnership DeTales http://www.detales.net/wp/partners/united-kingdom/ Alyson Fielding of the Tower of…

  • conference,  digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  Wales

    Call for Speakers: DS7 #digitalstorytelling festival in Wales

    The organisers of the DS7 digital storytelling festival in Wales have a new website and there’s a call for speakers. Here are the details from the site: “If you would like to contribute to the festival, please email klewis (at) glam (dot) ac (dot) uk with an abstract of 200 – 300 words outlining what you would like to present. Please submit by February 25th 2012” source

  • digital storytelling,  hyperlocal,  inclusion,  links,  Wales

    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…

  • conference,  digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  Wales

    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.”

  • 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…