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 experiment for Remembrance Day, facilitated by Video Nation’s Melanie Lindsell. In a dignified and wholly respectful way, two people from Newport – Jamie Winchester and Gareth Leaman – reflect on what remembering WWI means to them. I’m fascinated by the use of rapping and personal storytelling in films like this.

The Flash movies served by is geo-blocked to the UK only, for rights and delivery cost reasons. If you want to view from outside the UK, and you have RealPlayer, try altering the URL as below and clicking the Real link on the old pages.
The same is true of almost any DS on the site.

I compiled this list for Simona Bonini Baldini who’s studying mixes of home movies and personal storytelling.


  • PatrckB

    In “Take” Ashley Shuyler creatively used some home footage very effectively to help tell her story.

    I shot some footage specifically for “Dominoes & The Game of Life” but I’m not really happy with it.

    It seems to be very tricky to find just the right footage to augment the point of the story.

  • melyn

    Thanks for sharing those two digital stories Patrick. Both use home movies really effectively. Ashley’s addresses the guilt many of us who’ve helped others tell a story feel, that we’re ‘taking’. I’ve heard unkinder terms, not in DST but in news journalism. Terms like Pump’n’Dump!
    The footage in your Dominoes story was interesting to me, not least for the layout of the tiles. I’d never seen them arranged like wheel spokes before. I wouldn’t personally agree with your Godly take on your winning streak but the fact that I’ve heard your philosophy is great. It’s a nice metaphor, dominoes. Thanks so much for sharing Patrick.

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