Our own Digital Storytelling guru, Joe Brennan, was recently interviewed by Techn & Learning about his thoughts on techniques, software, and how to get the best bang for the buck!
A selection from it to whet your appetite:
Q. Many teachers are using digital storytelling in the classroom. How can seasoned educators in this genre polish their technique and bring their students to the next level?
Through Discovery, I connected with the American Film Institute Screen Exhibition program and learned how to bring Hollywood features to classic digital storytelling. First, I had to teach video grammar. All of those writing elements apply to a 30-second or 60-second commercial, movie trailer, or any genre that the kids recognize. You just teach them a few shots–close ups, extreme close ups, medium shots, reverse angle shots. Even little tips, such as: the reporter is the one who looks into the camera but the person you’re interviewing never really does. When kids shoot their own original footage it looks recognizable to people who watch it.