nt post#5

by Mike Lew

The forms of the stories from the CDST were not easy to pick up on at first because the tone of the voice of the narrator is always the same for each story. [rhetorical]  The near monotone of each author gave no hints, but musical background changes in some of the pieces made it possible to for me to separate the narratives into four parts:  anecdote, conflict, reflection, resolution.[structural]

The anecdote is generally a childhood memory that is somehow directly tied to the resolution of the story. [structural] Occasionally, it is also the conflict; however, when that is the case, the resolution is not very clear and the conflict seems to gain the story’s focus.[rhetorical]

The conflict is the part of the story were the narrator is faced with some challenge, and the viewer is forced to consider the anecdote’s role in the story.[structural]

The reflection brings the narrative into present-tense, or at least a significant portion of time after the anecdote. [structural] Often though, when the anecdote is the conflict, the entire story follows a some-what linear timeline.  The reflection is the narrator’s response to the conflict, but it still leaves the whole “moral of the story” in question.[rhetorical]

That’s where the resolution comes in.  The resolution is when the narrator eludes back to the anecdote to tie the story together and tell the audience what they learned from the conflict and reflection.[structural]  Many times, the narrator will refer to the anecdote in a clever way and let the story end with a verse from whatever background music they were using.[technical]

Ok, now to check out what the forms actually were…

Wow, the 7 Steps of Digital Storywriting were a lot more vague than I had imagined they would be.  The handbook doesn’t really spell out the parts of the story that one should have, but rather the principles behind storytelling itself.  To me, step one (owning your insights) essentially tells the user to ‘know the audience’ but also give the story a personalized touch.[rhetorical]  ‘Own your emotions,’ the second directive, puzzles me as well.  The monotonous style that every story used showed very little emotion in the telling of the story.[rehtorical]  I thought originally that the narrative was bland so that it forced the audience to listen very carefully to the story.[technical]  The third step, ‘finding the moment,’ essentially talks about how to effectively present the reflection and resolution portions of the form I discuss earlier in this post.[structural]  ‘Hearing the story’ and ‘seeing the story’  talk about the use of pictures and background music that I didn’t really talk about too much.[technical]  I mentioned how the music played a role in sectionalizing my form, but not as part of the form itself.  And I didn’t really take much from any of the images in the stories since they didn’t seem to draw attention from themselves, so it was totally left out of my analysis.[technical]  Part six, ‘assembling the story,’ talks a good deal about the way to give form to the story.  However, it does not lay out a particular form, but merely asks the narrator to meter how much information is given out at any time.[structural]  Lastly, ‘sharing the story’  talks about how the author should throw all of the mediums of their story together to make a presentable movie clip.[rhetorical]

Honestly, I was surprised at how little information is presented on the ‘official form’ of story telling.  It seemed as though the instructions asked the author a bunch of rhetorical questions directed at getting the author to realize that the story has an audience that may not understand the author’s story, and then gives a few tips for using pictures and BG music.  Its amazing how most of the stories are very close to each other in structure given the fact that the 7 steps never denoted a specific layout.  I think that someone who wants to learn the storytelling form should look at our class’s posts instead. 🙂


~ by MikeL on February 14, 2011.

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