When you are completely caught up in something, you become oblivious to things around you, or to the passage of time. It is this absorption in what you are doing that frees your unconscious and releases your creative imagination. – Rollo May The Courage to Create
Digitial Storytelling Definition: “It is an emerging term, one that arises from a grassroots movement that uses new digital tools to help ordinary people to tell their own ‘true stories’ in a compelling and emotionally-engaging form. These stories usually take the form of a relatively short story (less than 8 minutes) and can involve interactivity.”
EduTech Wiki contributors, “Digital,” EduTech Wiki, A resource kit for educational technology teaching, practice and research, http://edutechwiki.unige.ch/mediawiki/index.php?title=Digital_storytelling&oldid=52308 (accessed November 15, 2017).
The digital soul story – How to create a storyboard:
1. Take your time, find a space when you won’t be interrupted. Reflect on the guiding Qs below. Allow those first images and impressions and whatever is evoked to come through. Jot them down, draw them, create music to them, whatever format you feel most comfortable using. Do not judge your process. Move slowly through each of the questions. Review what has emerged. Let your initial work sit.
The following Q’s are meant to guide your digital soul narrative:
Q. Who are you?
Q. What do you hope for, or want?
Q. What is your purpose in life?
Q. How is your soul awakened?
Q. How is spirit working with your soul to assist your growth?
*The guiding Qs are meant to be broad*
2. Map out your ideas, play with what emerged from the questions. You can write your thoughts out or draw or paint them, whatever method works for you.
Sketch out where you will transition. How do you want to demonstrate your story? For example, using only words, narrated over photos, drawings, through a piece of musical work, you playing an instrument, or with background music, the ideas are endless. Do what feels right for you and will express your soul’s story.
3. Once you feel comfortable with the arrangement of your story, begin to add a narrative to each of the frames.
4. As your soul’s story begins to take shape go back and forth to the Qs above to ensure what your soul wants to express is covered in your narrative. What you create is your soul’s work and will be unique to you.
5. Consider how you want to layout and present your story. Practice moving your frames around while you read the narrative that goes along with your story.
One format is to use several pages for your layout. Title each page, for example: “My soul’s beginnings”, then move through the prompts, “Who am I?” “What I do I hope for?” “What I do I want?” “What is my purpose?” and so on. You are free to address some, all, or recreate your meaning of these questions.
Lay out the Storyboard several times to see if you like the flow.
Some planning is required. Write out your storyboard. Here is template that may be useful: a pen and paper with this printable template Or, you may prefer to develop your story using PPT: PowerPoint to plan your video scenes
Whatever method you use to plan out your soul story, be sure you align with the content of your digital story, to show and tell the narrative in the background. Or, if you are using music you will transition from one song to the next, etc.
Frame: the layout, the design
Narrative: this is how you account your soul story, through spoken or written content
Images: a visual artefact: photo, painting, drawing, a physical image captured in a photo
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