The fourth and fifth sessions of Creative Challenge sawNatasha James of Breaking Barriers take over from Mab Jones’ poetry-orientatedsessions, to deliver digital storytelling to the group. Natasha has a sixth,and final, session with the group next week.
The fourth session involved Natasha introducing herself, andher work, and then she informed the participants of what was going to happen inher sessions. Then, a group ice-breaker took place, which saw participants telleach other an interesting fact (real or not) about themselves – which wouldhave to be remembered – and then each participant would tell the person to theirleft what the person to their right had told them. This made for a comfortableopening, with everyone becoming at ease and loosening up.
The session formally began immediately after. Natasha askedthe group to write a story based on photographs she handed out to eachindividual. The photos ranged from a farmer posing in his barn, rows of rustedand disused cars and a seagull stealing an ice-cream from a man. Theparticipants had between 10-15 minutes to write a story and the end resultsproved that everybody thinks in a different way about the context of aphotograph, with fictional and non-fictional pieces produced.
Natasha then showed the group examples of previous digitalstories she’d worked with before and they ranged from mental health stories tolife in the Rhondda stories to bullying stories. These got the group reallyintrigued and excited about producing their own digital stories, which Natashafurther stimulated by asking the group to pick a photo that they’d eitherbrought with them, or had on their phones/computers. Once everyone had chosen aphoto, they wrote a story about the photograph which would then start to beintegrated into a digital story in session five.
Session five began with some participants reading out theirstories, while others finished off their pieces. Then, Natasha showed the grouphow to set up relevant equipment that would allow the beginnings of a digitalstory to unfold – such as recording your voice when you read the story andediting it down so that the voice-recording was to the participant’s standard.This equipment ranged from iPads to headphones to microphones to apps such asHokusai Audio Editor.
Once everyone in the group had recorded their stories,Natasha showed the participants how to use Hokusai – which is a really usefulapp for audio editing.
Session six – Natasha’s last before Rhiannon Gray takes overwith visual art – will see the participants putting photos to the voicerecordings and completing a digital story. Stay tuned!
* Editor’s Note: You can find an update of Session 3 on Making Minds’ page here. *