The ACMI Digital Storytelling Workshop
A look at how individual digital stories are created.
LIONEL (VOICEOVER): Knowing that I was doing a workshop, thinking of different ideas and thinking of myself, it's a bit hard. And it was driving me crazy . Then I started thinking about home up in Queensland, and up there. And I was thinking, well, I come from a beautiful place up there, and I thought, so I jotting down thought points of what's so good about my place up in Queensland on Fraser Island. And as I was starting to put those dot points together, then I started forming a little script. It was a rough draft, but it turned out to be a really good draft though.
LIONEL (NARRATING): 21 years of my life, I have lived in one place that tortures me. A place that has so many demons, so many troubles, so many problems. It makes you wonder, why am I still here? That place is Melbourne, a steel concrete jungle. 21 years breathing, living, eating, learning, teaching, gatherings. To me, Hell.
LIONEL (VOICEOVER): In terms of using images or footage for the doco. I've got a lot of photos of Fraser Island, but sadly they weren't here in Melbourne with me, but I just got on the phone and rang up the auntie up in Hervey Bay and she happily was able to email a few photos down to me, which was great. So I can use that for my little short story.
The positive thing about the story circle was that you're telling the story to these other people, but also getting feedback, which was really good. And you listen to other people's stories, getting other ideas. And then go back to the drawing board in terms of how you want to rewrite your script in terms of how you want to structure your script as well.
After the story circle, we jumped on the computer and started typing our scripts. And there was another interesting too. Trying to type it down in a minimal of 300 words. And it was really great, because I'm not an expert writer or scriptwriter and all that. So it was great to have that extra hand aboard, helping me how to really structure the script. How to start from the start, and into the middle of it, and then how to finish off the script.
LIONEL (NARRATING): McKinsey listens to my troubles. Makes me feel good about myself. I had much more pride, knowing where my blood is from.
LIONEL (VOICEOVER): In terms of actually changing the script, it did change, but it changed for the better of it I believe, because it's short, it's sweet and it got a lot of information out of there, which was really good.
And once we got the photos all together, we scan them and upload them on the computer, so we can use them for our short story.
You want to tell your story in pictures. You want people to feel what you're feeling. And that's the importance of doing storyboards, so you know where to pinpoint your particular images or footages.
So of course you're recording your voice and going into the recording booth and start reading out your script. At start, it was a bit of nerves, and all that, a bit shaken up. But once you get into it, you get all-- you'll start listening up and being getting used to it. And then you're on full sail. You know what you want say, and great.
We got the video camera, we went down the banks of the Yarra and making out that we're in Fraser Island, making that we're in the bush, but obviously we're just down the Birrarung Marr down there.
The editing process was, of course, a major part of the process of doing a short story. Doing, of course, your fade-ins and cross-outs of where you want your voice to be in the story and all that. It was difficult because I'm not a film expert or editing expert, but knowing the help that I got, I felt like Steven Spielberg.
It came to the last part, of course, showing everybody's story, the final process. Seeing it on the big screen, it was great. A lot of tears, a lot of laughs. And that's the beauty about it. Showing these digital short stories. It was great. I loved it every minute of it, and I hope to do more. It was just an amazing experience.
LIONEL (NARRATING): So I bet you're wondering why am I still in Melbourne? I grew up there. I have family and friends there. I work there. I can't leave Melbourne. It made me who I am today. And I can't take that back. But one thing's for sure is Fraser is my heart, my bunker, and my island home.