Digital Storytelling cannot be expressed without talking about storytelling. So, what is Storytelling? Storytelling is about the way we communicate with each other to tell about an event, idea, fiction or something that has happened in the past or present. Storytelling can be expressed in any form of narration, emotion, dance, gesture, drama, singing etc., Human beings are so obsessed of telling stories for many ages, that have made them think, entertain, be informed, knowledgeable, and sometimes even at their seat edges.
Storytelling is not new and has been since the cavemen time, where signs and drawings on rocks tell about human tales, nature, evolution, custom, habits, rituals and practices. Author Anne Lise Grandjean-Thomsen @AWE has cited about "Evolution of story telling" in Augmented reality. Storytelling has evoked so much interest among humans that even when there are no stories they go and create them.
Digital Storytelling is a new way or medium to tell stories. Making the story interesting and getting involved is done through full-motion video with sound media, presentation, documentary film, animation, stills, as opposed to actual paintings or photographs, sounds stored in tape, or ideas. The entire story narration is made into voice over and then into images, music, sound with special effects to unfold the whole story that is told.
Digital Story way of Storytelling can be outlined in easy steps:
- Start with an idea/concept
- Research on the concept/idea
- Plan the concept/idea
- Write the outline or Script
- Collate and create images, audio, and video
- Put it all together for edits
- Review and get feedback
In the recent years, Digital Storytelling has laid new strength to a rising communication mode to convey different messages. It has made great impact in education, entertainment, business, marketing and many more industries.
Stories can be about anything. Designing and communicating information through Digital Storytelling must deepen the audience understanding of the content, lay focus on living in the story and stretching out the lessons learnt. Stories can be about technology, culture, human habits, style, food, clothing, something about this decade or past decade which makes more sense for human survival or knowledge.
How to live in the story?
Great topics in digital stories doesn't matter. Howsoever, the stories can describe about an event or about someones life or about the author himself in the story. The real power of digital story telling encourages the writer to have a very personal emotional connection by shifting the thoughts using the given setting/scenario, details for telling your story with the feel and experience.
Sometimes, you may be part of the character in the story that you tell. In such situation, the story should make the audience feel or think what you feel or think or must make them recognize the way the situation has affected you.
Storytelling as a different kettle of fish
Good storytelling is often like a journey for the narrators, who does a deep dive for themselves and others. In this way, their stories tries to make others think about the interesting, unimaginable happenings that other people can relate to. Most of the stories narrated allow others to explore the lessons learned from their standpoint in many different ways.
A study was conducted by a middle school in New York. Students were given the task to explore their own personal stories to narrate while studying Robert frosts poem "The Road not Taken". In the beginning though the students found it very difficult to correlate a true connection to the poem, later with the effort of the story teller, the students were able to discover their own experience and emotions behind Frost's poem.
Attracting Storytelling using Story Maps
The art of storytelling has to convey the knowledge about an event or the happenings around an event. The knowledge has to pass from the teller to the listener in a simplified yet dramatic fashion designed to have maximum impact. We must learn, remember, understand, and wrap a great story around something that will make an impression on us that lasts a lifetime.
Narrating Stories through Story Maps
The way of telling a story form the narration. The way of telling a story from different characters point of view involved in the story create narratives. All stories revolve around a core that form the basic component. Story maps help to add something more that can accommodate a plot, detail, and movement. Story maps have been in existence right from Aristotle period to Hollywood and shall remain for ever.
In today's Digital age, story maps enable to creatively combine multimedia content that helps as an effective means of informing people about the many problems that we encounter. The recent story maps about a spectacular collection of bee portraits by USGS scientist Sam Droege in Storymaps uses the context of geography.
Holding Audience Attention
Memories of good storytelling is like catching the audience attention by striking a memorable ending. Good storytelling doesn't struggle to find the essence of the moral or the goodness the character experiences or a given situation that makes their lives better. The teachings maybe in the form of moral in the story, imparting wisdom, understanding got from the knowledge or experience.