A Digital Story is a short, first person video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds.(Definition from the Centre for Digital Storytelling)
'Digital Stories' are relatively new, but are really easy to make and a great way of expressing yourselves and your clubs. Here, you will find all you need to know about making digital stories to upload to Taking the Field. Don't be put off by the 'digital' label - all this technology is really easy to use.
Digital Storytelling started in the 1990s in the US. The Centre for Digital Storytelling (CDS) is a non-profit organisation that promotes and creates digital stories. They were the pioneers of the format. In the UK, Digital Stories made their first impact when photographer and academic Daniel Meadows teamed up with the BBC to create a major Digital Storytelling project CaptureWales. Those fellow Welshies of you (Croeso i TTF!) may remember watching the digital stories on BBC 2W, back when BBC 2W was on the air. Digital Storytelling is now a worldwide phenomenon.
The appeal of Digital Storytelling is that anyone can do it - you don't need great technical knowledge to tell your story. We all tell stories throughout our lives, they're part of how we understand our world. At TTF, we want you to tell your stories around your cricket clubs, but theres no need to stop there...
As well as our Stories here at TTF, the CaptureWales website has a collection of hundreds. Click here to view their stories and get some inspiration!
On this site, I'll give you instructions on two different methods to make your Digital Stories. Whichever way you decide, there are some key things to remember:
The two methods vary slightly. The first method tells you how to make a 'classic' digital story following the CaptureWales method - this involves recording a prepared speech and building your photographs around that. The second 'TTF adapted' method is to create this narrative from snippets of oral history interviews, sometimes using more than one voice.
It is considerably easier to make Digital Stories using the first method, and in doing so you can make them pretty high quality. Some people, however, feel that the stories can sound rehearsed, and so prefer to use snippets taken from interviews. At TTF, we use a mixture of the two.
I would suggest that you start by using the simpler, CaptureWales method - perhaps using oral history interviews (or discussions over a pint!) as your inspiration. As you get more comfortable with the medium and the technology, then move on to the second method if you want to.
Either way, these rules should always be followed:
Making Digital Stories is really fun - I hope you all have a fantastic time doing so!