T.O.W 14

Five Steps to MultiMedia Storytelling

The Five Steps to MultiMedia Storytelling course was very helpful in learning how to write stories. I learned that the best stories are multi-dimensional so they need to have video, graphics, etc. Despite what we may have been taught in school, the best way to write stories is to think this part and that part not first and second parts. Storyboards are helpful to sketch out your ideas and figure out where you want to go and how to get started. It’s always a good idea to make sure you have everything you will need wherever you are. This includes basic things all the way to high-tech gear you need in order to film certain things.

Some things that surprised me were the general rules for editing such as there should talking and then cut to b-roll while the talking is in the background. B-roll is very important. Videos should be kept short to at least one to two minutes.  By using geographic information systems or GIS, you can make graphics interactive. I was also surprised to learn that there’s a lot that goes into creating a story including making multiple templates to view.

I would like to learn more about how to create good stories. I want to know how to get to the point of  knowing what types of media to use in a story and how to actually use the different media types.

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