is a digital story made?
story is the start and the heart of the process. Each skills
workshop starts with a Storycircle. Participants discover
the joy of storytelling and learn the basics of script writing
using simple exercises. The story they create forms the basis
for the rest of the workshop.
visual content of the story is usually based on still photographs
selected and scanned during image capture. Additional
material may be generated from video, scanning and digitally
photographing objects, documents and simple graphics. The
images are captured to the hard drive of the workshop computer
in preparation for the production workshop that follows.
coaching and recording come next to lay down the voice
track. At this point most of the ingredients of the digital
story have been gathered. The process of compiling them into
a short movie is what follows. Each step begins with a short
tutorial and hands on exercises in the use of the hardware
processing. The captured images are resized and cropped
during the first stage of the production workshop ready to be
imported into a video editing programme. Story titles and
credits are created during this day too.
editing starts by importing the assets or ingredients
- sound track, images and any video - into the video editing
software. The soundtrack is placed in the timeline first and
images arranged to produce the first roughcut or slideshow.
the workshop advances new images are gathered or
generated to complete the sequence on the timeline and effects
are introduced to turn the slideshow into a movie.
workshop concludes with a presentation or world premiere
of the films. Friends and family are invited to join the audience
as everyone applauds the hard work of the participants.