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Digital Storytelling
Process Walkthrough

Literacy: creating and curating faith-based media artifacts

Digital storytelling brings together words, pictures, and sounds in an online video or other digital medium. Stories can be as simple as an evocative slideshow with voiceover and as complex as an interactive narrative video game.

For our purposes, a digital story is a 3-4 minute video that communicates a faith insight or experience.

Encounter

First, check out some digital stories:

Next, get some training in how to create them:

Storyboard by Guilherme Caldas via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)
"Storyboard" by Guilherme Caldas via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Design

Before you begin writing, collecting, recording, and editing, do some planning. Consider the following questions:

  1. Who is the intended audience for your story?
  2. What is the central message you’re trying to communicate?
  3. How do you hope your story will change the hearer?

Implement

Create your story using media and tools of your choice. Please be respectful of your audience and of others’ intellectual property. You may wish to make use of this search engine for reusable media (Creative Commons).

Tutorial videos like the one at right are your best friend for learning editing tools. Just search YouTube for the name of your software (and sometimes its version or year) and what you’re trying to do.

Bear in mind that your first creation probably won’t be perfect, and it will probably take you longer than you hope.

Persevere!

Finishing a digital story is a tremendously rewarding experience.

If you don’t have access to iMovie, here’s a tutorial of the same operations demonstrated in the WeVideo browser-based editor.

Contemplation by NightFlightToVenus via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
"Contemplation" by NightFlightToVenus via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Reflect

Along the way, bear in mind that this is a learning experience. We learn better when we reflect throughout and especially afterward.

  1. What did this experience teach you about storytelling?
  2. What did this experience teach your about yourself?
  3. What, if anything, did this experience teach you about your faith?
  4. How would you do things differently next time?

Share

And now the fun part: publish your story somewhere online! YouTube and other video-hosting services are perfect for this.

You may also want to upload to Facebook to help your video reach a wider audience (but usually for a briefer period of time).

If you use this guide to create a digital story, drop us a line so we can check it out! We’ll feature some on this page.

Video submitted by tutorial user Day Smith Pritchartt.

Background image: “The Editing Deck” by Leon Terra via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).