Storytelling 291

Digital Storytelling C291 at DePauw University focuses on the dynamics of non-fiction storytelling through the use of traditional story framing constructs used by digital journalists.

So exactly is multimedia storytelling? And how does it differ from other types of storytelling?

The Knight Digital Media Center at University of California Berkeley defines a multimedia story is some combination of text, still photographs, video clips, audio, graphics and interactivity presented on a Web site in a nonlinear format in which the information in each medium is complementary, not redundant.

Good video stories all have certain building blocks – not unlike other stories. But what makes them different is the reporter’s ability to capture both video and sound. ┬áThe most successful video stories offer something new – an experience or a window into an unexplored world. But just like a print story, it is also important to have some tension or conflict. Sometimes the conflict is ready made – as is the case with this video clip. Here we have a relatively simple story about a worker climbing a tower. You follow the climber up the tower. With each step, there is a certain tension – you wonder if the climber will make it to the top. You ask yourself – what kind of person would agree to do a job like this? The clip has natural sense of pacing and it is difficult to turn it off.