• digital storytelling,  media literacy,  timeless,  tips,  Wales

    Five ways to make your digital storytelling project more sustainable

    1. move away from the ‘once in a lifetime experience’ approach. Make it feel like a process that can become more of a ‘routine’ than a ‘treat’ event. 2. get people making stories using accessible tools. E.g. free web-based editing tools they’ll be able to continue using after you’ve moved on. 3.reduce the resources participants need to take part. If people don’t have an archive of their own photos, help them take bespoke contemporary ones; if people don’t have much time, offer a form they can create in less time; meet people where they already gather; etc. 4. scale up activities. E.g. hold training the trainers workshops so you get…

  • story,  Wales

    Vulcan Pub, Cardiff

    Stories are as much about the place where they’re shared as anything else. The walls of the old Vulcan Hotel in Cardiff have heard some gems over the years. My favourite Cardiff writer is John Williams who, I believe, is a regular drinker here, along with other Anglo-Welsh writers like Des Barry (who himself is a fan of digital storytelling). The pub’s been marked for demolition to make room for car parking in January 2009. There’s objection here to the removal of an important Cardiff landmark. There’s been talk of re-building it brick by brick at St Ffagan, the Welsh Folk Musem. The Vulcan was packed to the gunnels just…

  • digital storytelling

    Call for entries for best use of archive footage award

    Dec 1 is the deadline for submission for the Focal International Awards 2009 for best use of archive footage in all kinds of productions, including short films like digital stories. According to the rules: 1. they’ll only consider entries containing moving-image archive, not stills 2. there’s a £57.50 submission fee per entry. David Puttnam will present the awards to the winners in London on 5 May 2009.

  • digital storytelling,  Wales

    Remembrance stories

    Here are two stories made especially to mark the fact that 90 years have passed since the end of World War I: Rappel – this is a music collaboration between Newport’s MC Gareth Leaman (Versatile) and DJ Jamie Winchester, Pentalk Lab, at the Riverfront in Newport. I’ve always been drawn to the storytelling aspect of rap and I think the mixing of rap with images of WWI by these two musicians gives a respectful contemporary reflection on the horrors of the Great War. My River – children from Llandogo Primary School in Monmouth remember their relatives who fought in WWl. The device of children holding their old family photos up…

  • digital storytelling,  links,  media literacy

    Evidence of benefits to support funding bid

    I was asked earlier today for links to reports outlining benefits of digital storytelling to communities by someone drafting a funding bid. I thought it might be useful to share these links with you. Many of these link to PowerPoint and PDF files: Case studies about DS and older people ssrg.org.uk – scotland victas.unitingcare.org.au Case study about working with second-generation immigrants: http://www.mediabiotope.com/ English at bottom of page Health therapeutic-effects-of-digital-storytelling where I posted a blog entry urging people to feed into Arts in Health Strategy Unfortunately, there’s no mention of DS in the strategy. Young people: you may be able to pull out a quote from ELI7021.pdf Education/public service archimuse.com ……