A recipe for good digital story telling

Before reading the CDS cookbook I found that most of the stories began with a short anecdote or interesting story to hook the audience(structural). The author then used the story to tie or relate back to a bigger picture(rhetorical). Such as in “Pralines,” she tells the story of her first boyfriend and how she later finds out that he became the grand wizard of the KKK. She relates this story to her history, and to how her past has shaped and affected who she is today(structural). The story functions as an opener into learning more history or background about the person and after, the structure of the story works to tell of a change that has occurred(rhetorical). In “Pralines” Brown states that the church is now integrated. She talks of the changes there, and also about the pralines she has purchased from a woman at her church, Mrs. Green(rhetorical). The pictures in all of the stories function to give a feel for the author and the history they are telling(technical). The music also speaks its own message, either being played simultaneously as the speaker reads, or only sporadically throughout the work(technical).

After reading the CDS cookbook I found that the process for which they go through with each author is very expansive. After sifting through what the story means to the person, they must also look through all of the emotions of the particular story. This is an extremely reflective process as the author must look deeply and ask themselves what it means to them(rhetorical). After this however, the author must look for a moment. This is that “so what” instant that leads to the storyteller’s insight. After this moment is identified they narrow down to a specific scene that the author will begin with in order to help the audience to see the story(structural). Images and music are also chosen carefully so that the story is not only read but seen and heard through different mediums(technical).

-Kezia Wong


~ by ksw15 on February 14, 2011.

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