Creating the story and voice recording

This stage of the process is done on digital voice recorders or tablets, and then edited with images on a laptop or tablet.  It is a good idea to start with a basic demonstration of the software, and back this up with simple handouts that describe the process. The final projects are then ‘rendered’ to give a self-contained movie file.

  • Telling your story and voice recording

The ‘voice’ in the digital story is central to the telling of the story. The way in which emotion is portrayed helps convey meaning to the audience, and the personal nature of this helps express the character of the storyteller. Participants can reflect on these aspects in the storyboarding process. When recording the script it is helpful to give plenty of space for practice, recording and playback so that participants have the opportunity to become familiar with the audio story they are trying to tell. A good quality digital audio recorder and a microphone are important considerations to ensure clarity in the voice recording.

Download Computer handouts on voice recording: Audacity and equipment

  • Creating the film

A production schedule can help people to keep track of the progress they are making towards completing their digital story, and can be useful in terms of seeing where help is needed. In terms of making the final editorial decisions, considering whether there is an audience for the story may help participants in making those last steps.

Creating the film is then done on the relevant technology chosen for use in the workshop. It is a good idea to start with a basic demonstration of the software, and back this up with simple handouts that describe the process. Participants use their storyboard to construct the film, and when complete the final projects are then ‘rendered’ to give a self-contained movie file.

Download ‘the production schedule’ handout: A training aid to help participants finalise their stories

Download Computer handouts on creating the film: 1. Process 2. Software application

Download Tablet handouts on creating the film: 1. Process, 2. Sonic Pics

 

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