Saturday, November 21, 2009

Video Storytelling in 10 Easy Steps

Targeted for nonprofit organizations, this Digital Storytelling tutorial on TechSoup -- subtitled "Expert tips on creating a polished, professional digital video" -- is chockablock with good advice. It is designed to jumpstart beginners and remind intermediary-level practitioners of the basics.

Though some of the technology has been upgraded since it was originally published, the underlying principles are sound. It is written by Ourmedia executive director J.D. Lasica, who has an impressive editorial and Web tech background, and fleshes out these topics:

Step 1: Decide on the Story You Want to Tell
Step 2: Gather Your Materials
Step 3: Begin Writing Your Script
Step 4: Prep Your Equipment
Step 5: Create a Storyboard
Step 6: Digitize Your Media
Step 7: Record a Voice-Over
Step 8: Add Music
Step 9: Edit Your Story
Step 10: Share Your Story
Tip of the hat to Storytellin (sic).

1 comment:

Rosenblum said...

HI Ken
I read this, but I don't agree with it. It's old linear story telling shoved into a non-linear world. It obviates the power of nonlinear, which allows you to dip in and out of the story and be really fluid with the media. The whole notion of writing script before you digitize strikes me as similar to my father-in-law who writes out his emails longhand before he types them out.

Rather I would say digitize everything first. Then drag it down on the timeline, in order of what you find the most powerful and important. Then massage the images on the timeline until you have the 'storyboard' you want to tell, but using your own images. In very rough form.

Once you have the storyboard, you can start laying in the soundbites where you want them. Feel free to move stuff around.

Now you are ready to start narration. Watch the rough cut go by and narrate as you watch it, laying the audio directly onto the A3 track.

Once you have reached this point, you have finished the rough cut (and created a digital script), now you can fine tune to your heart's content.

Trust me, this works much much better.