In lieu of a textbook, please purchase a 500GB USB powered external hard drive.
In addition to there will be electronic reading and video posted on the D2L site.
PREREQUISITE SKILL SET
This course will dive deep into the craft of digital storytelling. It is assumed that students have basic knowledge of still photo, video and audio skills. Knowledge of multimedia editing software is also an expectation of students in the program. If at any time you feel the need for more instruction in these two areas, refer to www.lynda.com .
Digital Storytelling can take many forms from the most informal personal story to documentary style production. Working with a chosen topic you will develop five different stories using the following six story styles.
Mobile- a quick short story from a ‘man on the street’ standpoint
Short Topic – 1-3 minute narrative piece – from a third person point of view
Silent – 1-3 minute, instrumental/visual, (no narrative) piece
Interview – 3-5 minute marketing piece – from a sales or second person point of view
Documentary – 10-30 minute – Informative documentary style – produced on DVD, compressed for YouTube
Discover the power of a strong personal story
Provide you with an understanding of the steps and procedures needed to create, design, organize, and post a story for a specific client and for a targeted audience.
Provide tools to critically examine and critique visual stories.
Develop a website that incorporates several forms of digital media, including text, photographs, and video
Expand your understanding of the use of digital storytelling in advertising, journalism, history and personal formats.
Expand your understanding of storytelling as a form of communication from practical and theoretical perspectives.
Develop an understanding of the different types of video equipment and supporting components (lights, audio) required to complete a successful and professional product.
Develop an understanding of the postproduction process.
This course will consist of lectures, class discussions, online video instruction, lab assignments, critiques; in-class presentations, and a completed prototype of a client/journalistic website.
Class time will be devoted to presenting story ideas, discovering the proper use of equipment, instruction on professional quality lighting and audio, developing storyboards and shooting schedules to fit the identified story style.
D2L will be utilized to share ideas and analyze story goals, share information, critique, and video instruction components.
The story presentations will allow students the opportunity to offer input on the storytelling process and assist with refining the content. Hands on class time will be provided for completion of digital projects. Student feedback will be required – creating a teamwork atmosphere and enabling class members to focus their stories down to the ‘true story with-in’.
Client sites are not required, but a way to utilize all five styles into one portfolio piece. Discussion on possible clients/focus will take place during the first class session.
Two types of sites are possible:
Resume site - provide a venue to showcase your background and experience.
Client site - give you the opportunity to interact with content with a specific purpose.
Your grade in this course will be based on your performance in class, on your presentation, and on your five projects.
Your websites will receive a grade based on effectiveness, to what degree they meet the intent of the site, viewer interest, appropriate organization and structure, creativity, technical mastery, and evident ability to work effectively with a client.
Your grade will also be based on participation: regular attendance, helping other students, locating and offering information about story design, and offering constructive criticism during critiques. You are encouraged to submit your stories to the student film festival, and will get extra credit upon proof of entry.
10% participation 10% digital storytelling journal (online D2L site)
While Final Cut Pro X has been taught in the program, it is not a requirement for completion of projects.
The best camera (and software for that matter) for the project is what you have in front of you – what I mean by that is simply, the tool is not what I am hoping to teach in the course, but the content and the reason behind telling the stories.
Cameras will be available for checkout from the Wakerly Technology Training Center. You are welcome to use your own personal camera, given that it will provide you with the best quality project you can produce.
Both graduate and undergraduate students can enroll in this course; however, to receive graduate credit, students must be enrolled in a graduate program at Marquette and must register for the class using the 5000-level course number. Graduate students fulfill all requirements expected of undergraduate students, but they must also do extra course work that demonstrates thinking at a higher conceptual level, greater ability to analyze and synthesize information, and a more advanced level of critical thinking.
Specifically, this course requires graduate students to demonstrate complete knowledge of the use of digital storytelling.
Graduate students will prepare a final analysis of digital storytelling. This analysis will include information in respect to the perspective audience; explain reasoning for method of delivery and topic area focus. Furthermore the paper should create a case review of why the particular form of media was chosen as the vehicle for each type of story (mobile, short, interview, personal and documentary).
The paper must include at least three scholarly references for each story type listed above.
Useful text for entrepreneurs:
Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community by Joe Lambert
3rd Edition, 2010
Available from www.storycenter.org - $35.00
KNOW Field Guide to Filmmaking
By Still Motion
Available from www.stillmotion.ca – Free Download + Apps!
Detailed outline of course
Know your voice
Introduction of Mobile Devices
-Choosing a Story
-Alternate Story Forms
-Challenges of Mobile Journalism
Know video part 1 – 1st hour
Man on the street interview – 1-3 minute (short story)
First rough copy of Personal Story – 250 words (Send via D2L to class during winter break)
Reflection Statement – Dropbox D2l - 3 Over 1 Rule
Audience and Medium
Online Discussion topic – Why do we tell stories?
Lecture: Web 2.0 The plan – the use of storyboards during pre and post edit.
View Apollo 13 Video
The Apollo 13 Project Online Tutorial:
Know video pt 1 – 2nd hour
Mobile Video – Short Story
Reflection Statement – Know Video Part 1 – 1st hour