Monday, September 29, 2014

Creating A Digital Story Tutorial - Pre-Planning

So, how do you get the story out of your head and on to the video? The same way you build a building or physical structure;
  • you have a idea
  • you map it out
  • tweak the idea a bit more
  • find out what you need and go get it
  • start from the bottom and work your way up.
Simplistic? Yes.
And no. Because you have to get that sucker out of your head and put it in a fixed form. There are a number of ways to do it.

You don't have to write; you can use your smartphone or mobile device to dictate your story or sketch it out. You can use a flow chart, a presentation program like PowerPoint or assemble a collage.

Journalism 5Ws

You could go old school and write down what you know about your story:
  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why and with a How chaser.
Using 3x5 Cards

Return to the glory days of analog creation by using 3x5 cards to write or draw out your ideas. I wrote a post introducing the idea in 2012.  

Digital Story Workbook

You could do yourself a huge favor and check out Jennifer Aaker's Digital Story Workbook. It is a 34-page pdf from a workshop but it is easy to figure out the process of extracting stories from your head.

Whatever method you use the goal is to make a firm as possible your idea. This will help you write the script and get focused on the making your video a reality.

This is just a jump start. Next time, more on process of creating the story. Yeah, I'm going long on this one - step by step.

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