My digital storytelling project pitch…

We were asked to “pitch” our final projects over in my Digital Storytelling class.

In movie-making, a pitch is usually an oral thing– the short written version is a “treatment.” And given that the project that I want to work on would involve in me taking video of myself and putting it up on the web, interacting with people via sites like YouTube– something that I am not at all accustomed to or particularly comfortable about– I figured that doing my “pitch” via video would be particularly helpful.

So yeah– here’s my pitch. Do you think it sounds like a worthwhile/interesting/achievable project? Are there pitfalls I haven’t thought of that I should think about?

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10 Responses to My digital storytelling project pitch…

  1. tanya says:

    First, great approach. This was the first time I’ve seen/heard you beyond pictures, and that was a lot of fun!

    I particularly liked how you spliced in the videos as examples of what you were talking about.

    the biggest complication in the project does seem to be the reaching out to current participants thing, from two angles: first, what if they don’t want to participate? how will that affect your project? Second, is IRB a consideration for a project like this? Maybe not, since it’s digital storytelling and not research in the sense of generalization. (thinking of my oral history for my dissertation here.)

    I don’t think that the lack of a coherent storyline would be a problem – like you, I think that would be something that could be handled. In particular, my initial reaction to that is that maybe the story would be that there is no one story – that there are multiple stories, and that’s what Web 2.0 offers.

    I’m curious: when reaching out to do interviews, will you be trying video interviews via skype or something else? That seems like it could be the most logical approach, so I was just curious if that was your plan (or something else). I’m really interested in this, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes!

  2. tanya says:

    First, great approach. This was the first time I’ve seen/heard you beyond pictures, and that was a lot of fun!

    I particularly liked how you spliced in the videos as examples of what you were talking about.

    the biggest complication in the project does seem to be the reaching out to current participants thing, from two angles: first, what if they don’t want to participate? how will that affect your project? Second, is IRB a consideration for a project like this? Maybe not, since it’s digital storytelling and not research in the sense of generalization. (thinking of my oral history for my dissertation here.)

    I don’t think that the lack of a coherent storyline would be a problem – like you, I think that would be something that could be handled. In particular, my initial reaction to that is that maybe the story would be that there is no one story – that there are multiple stories, and that’s what Web 2.0 offers.

    I’m curious: when reaching out to do interviews, will you be trying video interviews via skype or something else? That seems like it could be the most logical approach, so I was just curious if that was your plan (or something else). I’m really interested in this, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes!

  3. tad says:

    I’m hoping, at the very least, to get some video responses via Youtube. Member-sponsored contests are a big part of the UU… making videos and giving stuff away. So I’m gonna be creating a contest, something along the lines of “Tell your UU Story.”

    Skype interviews, if I can get a couple, would be the Bomb, but aren’t strictly necessary.

    The video editing, I’m telling myself, is the part I’m doing for my class. The history gathering part of the project is something I’m doing independantly, as a member of the community. At least that’s my rationalization as to why I don’t need IRB approval.

    Besides, IRB requirements for oral history are stupid. ;p

  4. tad says:

    I’m hoping, at the very least, to get some video responses via Youtube. Member-sponsored contests are a big part of the UU… making videos and giving stuff away. So I’m gonna be creating a contest, something along the lines of “Tell your UU Story.”

    Skype interviews, if I can get a couple, would be the Bomb, but aren’t strictly necessary.

    The video editing, I’m telling myself, is the part I’m doing for my class. The history gathering part of the project is something I’m doing independantly, as a member of the community. At least that’s my rationalization as to why I don’t need IRB approval.

    Besides, IRB requirements for oral history are stupid. ;p

  5. Tad, I’m intrigued, it really sounds like an interesting story. Admittedly, I watched the pitch in a few separate pieces..

  6. Tad, I’m intrigued, it really sounds like an interesting story. Admittedly, I watched the pitch in a few separate pieces..

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