Getting your story told
What do you want?
Decide what you want – is there a particular story you want told, or is it the process that is going to benefit you? Read about this in "Why make stories?" »
What can you afford?
Contact me and together we can work out what is possible within your budget.
What is on offer?
I will support people with stories to tell through the whole process of making digital versions of those stories, ensuring they are happy with the results and have had as much or as little involvement on the digital aspect of the process as they want.
Whether it's a series of stories – maybe a celebration or commemoration – or a special tale of a much loved Grandparent that deserves to be remembered, get in touch and we can work out how to make it happen.
It is also possible to link stories together to create a single piece out of separate individual stories, creating a 'bigger picture' of a place or an event.
There are many stages in telling a story digitally.
Training is available for every stage of the process – story generation and scripting, digital photography and image manipulation, voiceover recording and editing, video-editing and post-production.
You can commission either a complete training package, with the resultant output of high-quality digital stories, or you can select one aspect of the process for stand-alone workshops.
With extensive experience of working in schools, projects can be tailored to your unique situation to fit with any aspect of the life of the school or curriculum that you wish to enhance.
Storytelling has traditionally referred to the telling of myths and fables — fictions that make sense of the 'factual' world we perceive and remember.
Traditional digital storytelling has focussed largely on autobiographical stories.
Much of my work in schools has bridged the fact/fiction divide.
Traditional digital storytelling has focussed on one person, one story. Although I do work with this model in schools, I have also developed a version in which groups of pupils work together to come up with stories.
Cardiff Libraries Read a Million Words Literacy project »
The aim of the project was to boost the boys’ confidence in using words and encourage creative writing.
Three fictional stories. View scripts »
Ten boys from each of three different schools joined the scheme for one hour a week for five weeks, a total of thirty boys.
Week 1: Story circle followed by boys choosing books to take home and read
Week 2: Report back on books and brain-storm to develop a story
Artist drafts the agreed story scripts
Week 3: Finalise script, plan and begin taking photos
Artist takes off-site photos and arranges extra lunch-break photo-shoots
Week 4: Record script, complete photography, introduce video-editing
Artist does basic video-edit of films, leaving best bits for boys to do
Week 5: Edit film, credits and titles
Artist finalises films and produces DVDs.
The stories were completed using Adobe Premiere Elements, since this allowed the interesting special effects that the stories deserved.
Treorchy Primary School intergenerational project »
6 stories from choir members. View choir stories »
25 stories from individual children
1 group story from 9 boys.
Preparatory research sessions:
Two evenings with artist, choir and children
One hour in school time with artist and children
6 artist days in school, taking ¼ of the class (8/32) out at a time.
Session 1: Children met, interviewed and recorded their invited choir member.
Session 2: Children selected which part of their choir member's interview to make into a story, brainstormed ideas for their own stories and wrote draft scripts.
Homework: Children had to finalise their scripts and locate photos.Artist: Cut the interview recordings into the stories the children had selected, located and prepared images for use in these stories.
Session 3: Children recorded each other reading their scripts and uploaded the photos for their stories.
Artist prepared these voiceovers and images for the video-edit.
Session 4: Children edited the choir members' stories in Windows Moviemaker.
Session 5: Children each edited their own story using the skills learned the previous week.
Session 6: Children devised and recorded a video response to the project and the stories were shown to the class.
Extra: Celebratory screening session.
Post-production: 1 day artist post-production to finalise and create DVD.
Wattstown Communities First intergenerational commemorative project »
30 minute film comprised of stories contributed by 10 older members of the community linked by contributions from chidren at the Primary School.
Members of the community were invited to 2 open days. During these days, artist made contact with potential storytellers.
Artist spent time in Wattstown recording interviews and collecting photos from individual members of the community.
Artist edited the interviews to create distinct and complementary digital stories that covered the span of the Institute's life.
First day in the primary school: children met the artist and the local historian, then worked on scripts to respond to their new knowledge. Preliminary photo-shoot.
Artist developed the full script of a parallel story that held the stories from the older people together and used the words and ideas of the school-children.
Second day in school: children recorded their part of the story and completed photo-shoot.
Artist finalised everything as a movie and prepared DVDs for distribution around the community.
Celebratory screening of the DVD on the Centenary day to which many members of the community came.
DVDs given/sold to interested people.
References available on request.