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<ul><li><p>8/2/2019 Digital Storytelling Resources and Tips</p><p> 1/2</p><p>GNMC / Digital Storytelling Resources for Eng 293by Per HoelContact Per if you have digital story-related questions:pkh9@georgetown.eduGelardin New Media Center homagepage:</p><p> Visitatomiclearning.comfrom a library computer.- Request a consultation AUDIO PRINCIPLES- Record in a quiet space (a sound studio or car interior work really well)- The microphone should be close to the sound source (but not immediately up against it)- One simple equipment solution is the combination of the following equipment: (a) Sony MP3 Audio Recorder, (b) XLR tomini adapter cable, and (c) Sony Wired Lavalier microphone.ADDITIONAL MEDIA- Extreme Music Library ( CDs 2175 and 2176 -- available at Gelardin)- Gelardins Coypright/Multimedia section: downloading Youtube media) CONSIDERATIONS- How can you creatively arrange the story?- What is a tension, problem, or central question that you can evoke and set out to address or resolve?- What is the train or narrative spine of your story? Examples:</p><p> in Super Size Me, the train is the narrators 30-day McDonalds diet. In Roger &amp; Me, Michael Moore sets out to get an interview with the CEO of GM, Roger Smith, about the effect</p><p>on tens of thousands of Americans losing their jobs to overseas companies.</p><p> In Daughter From Danang, a woman and her Vietnamese mother who gave her up, are reunited. Their reunion</p><p>is the vehicle for exploring the cultural and political story of the vietnam war.- Introductions matter! Examples:</p><p> This is a story about the rise of the machines, and why no one believes you can change the world for the betteranymore (All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Graceby Adam Curtis)</p><p> "I used to be the next president of the United States... " -- An Inconvenient Truth... the personal narrative aboutGore,</p><p> "150 years ago the business corporation was a relatively insignificant institution. Today it is all pervasive, likethe church, the monarchy, or the communist party in other times and places. The corporation is today'sdominant institution." - The Corporation</p><p>- Other ways to start a video: Cold Open - start in the middle of the action / drama / important moment -- then back up a bit and fill in the</p><p>story.</p><p> Visual Montage - if you have some compelling content, open with that along with music or clips in thebackground. No need to start narrating right away!</p><p> Quote - do you have a prescient quote that might effectively set up your piece? Paste the quote into a textobject and display at the start of your piece. This method can be trite, but it is often effective!</p><p>MISCELLANEOUS Make sure there are pauses, moments of lingering so that the audience can better absorb key information or</p><p>moments. Put yourself in the audiences seat and ask, "am I making too many assumptions"? Don't overuse effects (graphics, "special effects") Really work on the writing / narration</p><p>o Write the way you would speako Keep it simple -- shorter words that don't jar in the ear AND shorter sentences.</p>mailto:pkh9@georgetown.edumailto:pkh9@georgetown.edu</li><li><p>8/2/2019 Digital Storytelling Resources and Tips</p><p> 2/2</p></li></ul>


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