Digital storytelling was first developed in Berkeley, California in the 1990s. It is a useful tool for telling short stories of up to 5 minutes and uses photography and sound to create powerful films.
The Center for Digital Storytelling emerged out of the artistic and cultural ferment in the United States during the 1970s and 80s. During this time, arts practitioners and educators across disciplines challenged the notion that art should be reserved for the gifted or the professional. Recognizing that lay practitioners could make enormous creative contributions, these pioneering artists wanted to make art accessible to all – especially those traditionally left behind. The work of these artists and a broad range of collaborators gave voice to powerful stories of harm, healing, and hope in the midst of social and political conflict. Joe Lambert Center for Digital Storytelling storycenter.org
In 2013 I traveled to Paris to take part in a workshop run by Joe Lambert, founder of The Centre for Digital Storytelling. We learnt about how to make digital stories using our iPhones. You can read more about my experience here:
To find out about why I was inspired to find out more about digital storytelling click here:
And my first attempt at a digital story here: