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.
First, check out some digital stories:
- Las Abuelas by Anna Vigran (embedded above)
- Who Is My Neighbor by Jason Chesnut
- Tazria by Jennifer Traig via G-dcast
Next, get some training in how to create them:
Before you begin writing, collecting, recording, and editing, do some planning. Consider the following questions:
- Who is the intended audience for your story?
- What is the central message you’re trying to communicate?
- How do you hope your story will change the hearer?
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.
Finishing a digital story is a tremendously rewarding experience.
Along the way, bear in mind that this is a learning experience. We learn better when we reflect throughout and especially afterward.
- What did this experience teach you about storytelling?
- What did this experience teach your about yourself?
- What, if anything, did this experience teach you about your faith?
- How would you do things differently next time?
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.