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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds MICHELE AARON: Welcome to our course, Digital Storytelling, Filmmaking for the Web. Over the next four weeks you’ll come across a mixture of content, from master classes created by the BBC Academy, real world examples of great storytelling and digital filmmaking, along with thought provoking questions and discussions with Rich and I. This week we start at the very beginning, with the story. The process by which we tell and share stories has changed fundamentally, but there are basic principles that will serve you well to know. So, one of the things we’ll be doing is discussing what makes a great story.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds We’ll talk about the fundamental building blocks you need for short form filmmaking, and how publishing in the digital space might change how you tell your story, and who it’s for. Finally, we’ll think about the different techniques that can be used for the unfolding of your story, and how you might reach out to different audiences. We look forward to learning with you over the next few weeks, and hope that you enjoy the course.

Introduction to Week 1

Why are stories so compelling?

What is it about them, especially as films, that captures our interest and holds our attention? And to what extent are we free to respond to these films and the stories they tell?

During the next four weeks we’ll be covering the practical aspects of planning your shoot, capturing your shots, editing and publishing online to your worldwide audience.

But in this first week of the course we are going to discuss the nuts and bolts of storytelling and story-viewing—or spectatorship as it is often called—from a practical but especially a theoretical and critical perspective.

We will look at a range of topics that should be considered when thinking about the power of stories, in digital film form, and how they can affect viewers.

I hope that you enjoy this first week exploring Digital Storytelling with me, Michele Aaron and my colleague Richard Langley.

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