It’s time to get your head in the game! If you want to make anything you create successful your best bet is to start with a good focus. Before you begin any project it is a good to first have an idea of what it is that you want to make your project about. The first step to this awesome journey is to “focus” your project on a specific topic. Be as specific as possible, that way it will be much easier to gather information, build a script and make an overall successful project.
There are many paths you can choose to go from here, explore all of them and choose the one that you feel works the best for your specific goal. What type of story do you want to tell? Click each type of story to learn more about it: instructional, persuasive, historical, personal.
A bubble map to get your ideas “focused” onto something specific. Work as a team to collaborate ideas. You want to start thinking about what you know and what you need to know about your focus as well as where you want your project to go. Pre-writing makes the process of drafting and creating much easier and focused. It’s always important not to forget this step!
Remember story elements and the seven elements of a digital story (see below). Even though your story might be content oriented, you can still follow the story elements. These are proven guidelines to help make stories more engaging and entertaining.
Introduction- The problem, challenge, issue, or topic which is the central theme to your story.
Rising Action- The rising action is what grabs the audience's attention. Focus on the tension, suspense, events and excitement in your story.
Climax- The point of the most suspense or turning point to the conclusion.
Falling Action- The story begins to resolve the central theme.
Resolution-Summarization or conclusion to the central theme of the story.
Seven Elements of a Digital Story
Point - The point of view and purpose of the story.Why are you telling the story? Your message needs to be clear and focused. (Stories are much better when they come from the heart, not just the head.)
Voice - Your voice is what makes your story unique. Use your own rhythm and style.
Audience - Who are you telling your story to? You want to identify your audience early so that you can focus the content to their specific needs. The more specific your audience is, the more effective your story will be.
Soundtrack - This is the background sound that the audience will hear. The soundtrack can create and affect the mood of the story. Music without lyrics is the best, so that those watching won’t be distracted by the words of the song and not your own.
Imagery - What are those watching going to see? Images that you use should support what the narrative is telling. Using your own pictures and video is the best here, because they are coming from you. Images don’t have to be representational, use symbolism, make people think of the connection (it allows them to become part of the story)
Economy - These stories are short so you have to keep it focused to your point,. Your script should be about a page and a half, double spaced. When reading make sure that you keep moving along and that the pace is consistent.
Tension - Stories are about change. What changed in your story?