BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

16 October 2014

BBC Homepage
Wales home

Contact Us

pair of hands holding a mango

Finding the Story

Finding the Story by Gilly Adams

Remember that everyone has a story to tell and it's only a matter of coaxing it out of yourself or someone else, although most people don't need much coaxing!

* Running some kind of story circle with word games and memory sharing is a way of helping people to relax and stop being self conscious. If necessary, use some kind of stimulus: a picture or an object can provide a good starting point.

* Remember that grammar and spelling are not important. This is a spoken story and not a homework exercise. The crucial thing is to speak normally and sound like yourself.

* If you are stuck for a topic think of something about which you feel passionate or focus on an event in your life which provoked a strong emotion - happiness or anger or sadness.

* You don't have to change the world with your story but it is a special opportunity so use it so tell a story that is important to you: this needn't mean having to bear your soul or be too serious. Some of the most successful stories are funny.

* Remember that, ideally, this story will only last two minutes and be no more than 250 or 300 words long so if you have the material for a three-hour television documentary (e.g. the complete history of the place where you live), or a long novel (e.g. complicated ins and outs of your family history), it will not be suitable for this medium.

* Don't be put off by having to be brief. It seems daunting at first but your story will benefit by being boiled down to its essence.

Digital storytelling works best a group activity. Of course, it's absolutely possible to make a digital story by yourself, but working together as a group enhances the experience.

  • In the story circle participants bear witness to each other's stories and offer support and advice.
  • The more computer literate are able to help those who are less so.
  • Having company maximises the opportunities for having fun.
  • The sense of achievement at having made a story can be celebrated fully when everyone gathers to watch the final films together and share comments and congratulations.

Latest videos here!

We've created a new site to watch our collection of your short films and videos in Flash. Videos will be still be available here in Real Media. Click here to visit the new site.

Search your video

Latest videos

Sian Eirian Rees Davies
New videos

Short films from Wales made by you.

An Indian doll
Video Nation Wales

Your views on camera and online.

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy