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Everyone has a story to tell ...

Taking part in Telling Lives
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Old photo from a Telling Lives story

Everyone has a story to tell ... and we'll show you how ...

SEE ALSO
Telling Lives on TV
Many of the short videos made for Telling Lives are shown on TV ...
WEBLINKS

The Center for Digital Storytelling
Where it all began ...

Dana Atchley
The website for one of digital storytelling's most inspiring teachers ...

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FACTS

Where did it start?
In the USA, where the Center for Digital Storytelling in California taught hundreds of people to create stories.

Selection process
We have a limited number of places on each workshop.

How long will it take?
To be considered you have to be able to come to one evening meeting and this is followed up with four full workshop days.

Computer skills
You do not need any special computer skills. We will give you as much help as you need to produce your digital story.

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The BBC's digital storytelling project is available in Cumbria, giving local people the tools to make short digital films about events in their own lives.

If you're interested in getting involved in a future workshop, email the BBC Bus team and we could soon be running sessions in your area.

What's involved in Telling Lives?
audioListen to Telling Lives contributors talk about their experiences on the project

Telling Lives in Cumbria - see examples

Digital stories can be about anything - love, work, hopes, fears, the past, even the future. An incident that sticks in your mind, a subject you feel strongly about, a place you love (or can't stand), that's the germ of a Digital Story!

For examples of the sort of digital stories currently being produced have a look at the Telling Lives website.

Participants use their own photo albums, personal artifacts and clips from home videos and a clear idea for a personal story. Equipment used in the workshop include computers, image manipulation and video editing software, scanners and digital cameras.

After a series of workshops and intensive training sessions with members of the BBC Bus team, the result is a 2-3 minute mini-documentary (250 words), which could be shown on bbc.co.uk or BBC Television.

Throughout the course of the workshop, each participant will:

• write their script

• record their voiceover

• work with the team to select or create a piece of music and/or sound

• be introduced to the techniques of new media production

• create their Digital Story on a computer

Each of these sessions is essential to completing a Digital Story, so it is important that anyone wishing to attend the workshops is able to commit to them.

A Digital Storytelling workshop is demanding and intensive, but the emphasis is undoubtedly on fun! The satisfaction participants experience at the end of the workshop, when they see their film, full-screen, for the first time, makes all the effort worthwhile. And, of course, they have gained a range of new skills.

Ways to get in contact:

Email: cumbriabus@bbc.co.uk
Phone: 01228
592444

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