Last week I attended a three-day workshop at Bournemouth University to create a story told by means of digital video. The first day focused on using images and anecdotes to generate stories with a focus on the experience of reading, especially using Kindles. However, as I don’t have a Kindle the ‘Reading on Screen’ workshop allowed me to tell the story of my reading history, from a non-reading child to an adult reader with a passion for writing.
Much of the following two days were spent in the computer suite, recording audio and video footage to develop and shape the material into a story. Using iMovie, I was able to intersect shots of still and moving images with speech and sound effects. The final product is far from perfect, but I learnt an enormous amount by being involved with the process. I have to thank the organisers for the professional support they offered in bringing my story to the screen. When ‘Journey’ goes online, I’ll post a link to YouTube so that you can see the end result.
Further workshops will be held later in the year in Sheffield and Brighton. I look forward to attending the final dissemination of learning which will take place in Brighton in December.
For more about Gail and her creative writing, see her blog at https://gailaldwin.wordpress.com/.