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Scottish stories

The first of BBC Scotland’s Highland Lives videos and audio slideshows are now live at http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/highlandlives/.

I watched two videos – To Catch a Lobster and Love to Grow. They were mainly video with some still images. They had some really rare moments and certainly revealed something special about the authors and their lives. Having the camera still – on a tripod – when the author was in shot yet often moving when they were out of shot reciforced the image of the author holding the camera and ‘calling the shots’. Having some still images in the video worked well too. The storyteller edits their own video in the workshop.

The audio slideshows I watched -  Travelling Post and Drawn to Water – were digital stories. The script is written and read by the storyteller. Duration’s a little longer than the 250 words used largely in Wales at 3’00”. There were cross-dissolves in places; I didn’t see a zoom;  simple is good. There was a lovely use of music on the ones I watched.

As a web viewer, being able to enlarge the video window to 200% is nice and I like the fact the storytellers retain copyright of their story.

Highland Lives have workshops soon at Grantown on Spey and Alness.
Congratulations to Liz Leonard, the Highland Lives team, partners and storytellers on the publication of these first stories.

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