Now that you have had some experience in the converging of media in the Flickr Story, we want to take it a bit further. This assignment will ask you to use iMovie to add sound and motion to your narrative: think convergence.
Start with a small, simple narrative. You may use the images and ideas from exercise one, but you will be adding the following to them:
- At least 10 more images or several seconds of digital video
- At least one “found” object that adds significance to the narrative
- Music of some sort, either borrowed or composed with Garageband
- voice-over narration
The product should be a minimum of at least a minute, but not longer than 3 minutes. Here are some elements to keep in mind as you develop this project:
- Point (of View) — the angle from which the story is told, and the final point of the story, what you want people to remember or the reason for the story
- Dramatic Question — the tension that holds the audience from beginning to end, like will the boy get he girl?
- Emotional Content — genuine portrayal of emotional — a potential for negation or loss — contrast of desire with its opposite
- Your Voice — keep writing succinct; make several recordings
- Soundtrack — be sure it’s suited to your story’s meaning, in mood, tempo, and lyrics
- Economy — the interaction of the visual, the soundtrack, and the narration — let the three work together: do not try to use too much — keep it simple
- Pacing — the rhythm of the story — try to vary your approaches for a better effect — don’t forget to breathe
Consider writing your narration on the front and back of one 4×6 card; this will equal about 2 to 3 minutes of narration. Truth works well, as in genuine and honest, not necessarily factual. A strong story usually follows the shortest path to its destination, or the point of the story. Remember that every word, image, and sound counts: nothing should be superfluous, as it detracts from the effect of the narrative.
(Adapted from the Digital Storytelling Cookbook (PDF))
- Center for Digital Storytelling
- Capture Wales
- Caught in the Middle
- Dana Atchley Productions
- Do a Google search
- Express a strong belief you have and how it came to be so meaningful for you.
- Describe the most exciting moment in your life and why it was so significant.
- Explain a disappointment you had and what you learned from it.
- Recount a discovery you made and what led you to it.
- Make a digital postcard from a trip you’ve recently taken.
- Examine your favorite room and share what it reveals about you.
- Describe something you faithfully buy and why it is so important to you.
- Look at your family and its mealtime rituals.
- Consider your biggest mealtime disaster or triumph.
- Compose a narrative about your favorite food or beverage and why it became so.