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Forever Stories Workshop Pilot Program

Bundaberg Regional Libraries

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Duration:
Four morning sessions at two and a half hours in length and a Show and Tell Morning Tea event, taking place over one week in the school  holidays.

Desired outcome: To create two to three videos of approximately two minutes in length based on  local stories from the Wide Bay region.

Target audience: The stories will be shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and Storytellers. Participants of upper primary school and high school age will work in small groups of two to four.
    
 

Session  One:

Aim: To welcome participants, share project goals, introduce principles of digital  storytelling, form teams and plan videos using storyboards.
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm.
For staff: Ensure Attendance form is filled in and Photo Consent and Copyright Licence forms are given to each participant. Ensure participants are aware these are to be completed by their parents/guardians (if they are not attending workshop session) and returned the following day.  Allow four hours for the session including set up and packing away.
Tip: Have someone document the process by taking photos and videos.

Suggested Plan:

Time allocated Activity Requirements
9:00 - 9:45am Set up. Tables and Chairs for workshop, event signage.
9:45- 10:00am Greet participants, complete attendance sheet, provide them with Photo Consent form and Copyright Licence agreement. Copies of all forms and pens.
10:00- 10:15am Share video examples of traditional and contemporary digital stories told and illustrated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Data projector, laptop with internet connection, pre- loaded video examples (can be from YouTube or Vimeo).
10:30 – 10:45am Share transcripts of the local stories recorded prior from local Elders and  Storytellers. If possible invite Elders and Storytellers to attend and tell  their story to participants. Prepared transcripts of stories.
10:45 – 11:00am Participants share morning tea and discuss the stories and key images.  
11:00 –11:15am Participants form groups and select the story each group wants to recreate. Agree team names. White board or butchers paper and pens.
11:15 – 12noon In teams, storyboard the chosen story with key scenes, characters and settings and plan who will do which illustration tasks. Butchers paper, coloured pencils and pens and writing materials.
12 noon – 12:30pm Participants eat lunch.  
12:30 – 1:00pm Pack up and tidy for the next session.  

 

Session  Two:

Aim: To illustrate  backgrounds and characters for digital stories in small teams.
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm.
For staff: Ensure Attendance Form and Photo consent and Copyright Licence forms are returned by participants with parents signatures. Ensure a selection of illustration materials are provided so participants can be creative in their art making. Allow 4 hours for set up and packing away.

Tip: Continue to document the process. Encourage participants to get involved in taking photos.

Suggested Plan:

Time allocated Activity Requirements
9:00 - 9:45am Set up. Tables and Chairs for workshop, event signage, and a selection of art materials on each table.
9:45- 10:00am Greet participants, complete attendance sheet, and collect signed Photo Consent forms and Copyright Licence agreements. Copies of form and pens.
10:00- 10:15am Introduce Elder to participants and invite him to speak about the project and his stories. Note: at  the Forever Stories Workshop, Elder and Traditional Owner Merv Johnson sang a number of songs with traditional instruments  and shared some important cultural stories with the participants. One of the  songs was recorded and later used in the documentary of the workshop.  
10:15 – 10:30am Revisit storyboards created  by each team during the previous session. Storyboards, prepared  transcripts of stories.
10:30 – 10:45am Agree who will create each character and background and a “palette” for the story (for a unified look and  feel) and commence illustrating. Art materials such as paints, pens, pencils, papers, collage materials such as textured/coloured papers,  feathers, fabric, wool, glitter, and also natural materials such as leaves, twigs, bark etc.
10:45 – 11:00am Participants share a working morning tea.  
11:00am – 12 noon

Participants continue illustrating characters and  backgrounds for their stories in teams. If any teams complete theirs before lunch, get them to create title pages for their stories.

Art materials such as paints, pens, pencils, papers, glue, scissors, tape and collage materials such as textured/coloured papers, feathers, fabric, wool, glitter, and also natural materials such as leaves, twigs, bark etc.
12 noon – 12:30pm Participants eat lunch.  
12:30 – 1:00pm Pack up and tidy for the next session. Store illustration in a safe place to dry.

 

Session  Three:

Aim: To  photograph backgrounds and characters for digital stories and record narration and/or character voices and sound effects for the story.
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
For staff: Work out who will supervise which activity and scout for a quiet location without too much background/ambient noise to record audio.

Tip: Continue to document the process and schedule time to conduct interviews with participants and the project team. Prepare interview questions for the participants and the team so they have notes to speak to and some may like to practice their responses before the camera is turned on them.

Suggested Plan:

Time allocated Activity Requirements
9:00 - 9:45am Set up.

Tables and Chairs for workshop, event signage,

A tablet photo station, a “recording studio”, art materials.
9:45- 10:00am Greet participants, complete attendance sheet. Copies of form and pens.
10:00- 10:15am

Reiterate Workshop Goals:

       
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  • Respect others and work together.
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  • Create a video slideshow of a local story/stories illustrated by the workshop group. Videos will be 2-3 minutes in length.
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  • Learn new skills. Illustrating a story, photographing artwork, recording your voice/filming you telling a story, and editing a video.
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  • Share our video online.
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        Arrange morning tea so each group can snack while working.
White board or butchers paper and pens.
10:15 – 10:45am Have three activity stations with three facilitators and work with each of the teams to either:
a) Photograph their backgrounds and characters as per their  storyboard from Session One with the iPads.
b) Practice and record the audio – narration and character  voices.
c) Complete video titles and credits for their group’s story with art materials.
iPads, an iPad photo station (a table with lights is ideal), a photo enhancing app like Snapseed, an audio recording app like Wave Pad or Sound Cloud and art materials.
10:45 – 11:15am Each group rotates activity. As above.
11:15 –11:45am Each group rotates activity. As above.
11:45am – 12noon Participants interview each other on iPads. iPads, pre-prepared interview questions.
12 noon – 12:30pm Participants eat lunch.  
12:30 – 1:00pm Pack up and tidy for the next session.  

 

Session  Four:

Aim: To  combine images and sound files to create a digital story in teams on iPads.
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm.
For staff: Ensure iPads are charged and all files from the previous session are saved and accessible.
Tip: Continue to document the process and finalise interviews.

Suggested Plan:

Time allocated Activity Requirements
9:00 - 9:45am Set up.

Tables and Chairs for workshop, event signage, tablets with all files saved from the previous session.

9:45- 10:00am Greet participants, complete attendance sheet. Copies of form and pens.
10:00- 10:15 am

Demonstrate iMovie app to participants and how to add and  edit photo and sound files to create a video.

Arrange morning tea so each group can snack while working
iPads.
10:15 – 11:30am

Participants work in teams to create their digital stories.

Finalise Titles and Credits, take images of teams to incorporate in stories.

iPads, art materials.

11:30am – 12:00 noon  

Finalise participant interviews.
        Run through what will happen at the morning tea, including  how they will speak to their videos.

Remind participants to invite friends and family members.
 
12 noon – 12:30pm Participants eat lunch.  
12:30 – 1:00pm

Pack up.
Export videos and upload to library YouTube channel.
        Save all videos to USBs to present to participants.

Prepare certificates for participants.
 

 

Session  Five: Community Show and Tell Morning Tea

Aim: Time: 10:30am – 12:00 noon
For  staff: Invite a Traditional Owner to deliver a Welcome to Country. This may incur a fee.
Tip: Test your videos and audio before your event.

Time allocated Activity Requirements
9:00 - 10:15am Set up for event.

Tables, Urn, Seating Lectern, PA system (if required), laptop, data projector.

10:15 – 10:30am Greet and welcome guests and ensure all Elders have a comfortable seat.  
10:30 – 10:35am

Introduce project and Traditional Owner.

Lectern.
10:35 – 10:45am Welcome to Country and Song. Chair.
10:45 - 10:50am Share Documentary - Making  of Forever Stories by Sue Gammon. Laptop, data projector.
10:50 – 11:10 Screening of three digital stories with introductions by participants. Laptop, data projector.
11:10 – 11:15

Acknowledgements.

Lectern.
11:15 – 11:25 Presentation of certificates and USBs. Certificates, frames, USBs, Councillor or dignitary to present
11:25 -11:30 Drawing of iPad competition for participants. Hat/ bucket with participant names.
11:30 – 11:35 Wrap up and invite people to morning tea.  
Last updated
10th November 2016