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Digital Storytelling presented by Kelley Meister

  • Watonwan County Library 125 5th St. South Saint James, MN 56081 (map)
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Join Teaching Artist Kelley Meister at Watonwan County Library for Digital Storytelling! Students will work in small groups or individually to create nonfictional digital storytelling pieces based on stories in their own lives. They will use iMovie or similar nonlinear editing software; Garage Band or similar audio editing software; and digital video cameras to construct their stories.

At the beginning students can familiarize themselves with camera basics. In teams, students find things to film that convey the image, idea, or metaphor of specific words. Next, they participate in story circles or brainstorm individually and turn their stories into a plan for a film. The stories can be abstract, narrative, poetic or metaphorical.

Lessons in storyboarding, composition and camera movement prepare students for video production. Students record their audio and images and complete the video editing work. Throughout the production and post-production process, students receive ongoing artist and peer feedback. The final part involves a film screening and artist-facilitated discussion on what they learned throughout the process.