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Captivate: UTSC's Digital Storytelling Competition Resource Guide

Fall 2022

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Introduction to Digital Storytelling - Slides

Essentials of Digital Storytelling

Workshop Description

This workshop serves as an introduction and toolbox for digital storytelling. Discover the elements of digital storytelling and evaluate tools for the various processes of storyboarding, narration and editing. Please note: this workshop is required in order to be eligible for the award. 


Paulina Rousseau, Arts, Culture & Media Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough Library


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What is Digital Storytelling?


Digital Storytelling is Storytelling 

Storytelling is the vivid description of ideas, beliefs, personal experiences, and life- lessons through stories or narratives that evoke powerful emotions and insights. Most cultures, and in fact most people as well, use storytelling in order to inform others, persuade them, and explain the world around them. Various groups may have narratives which are shared as a means of entertainment, education, preservation, or even as a way of instilling behaviour.

Digital Storytelling revolves around the idea of combining the art of telling stories with a variety of multimedia, including graphics, audio, video, and Web publishing. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. 

Digital stories can range from personal tales, to recounting historical events, from exploring your community - the possibilities are endless! For Captivate - you will be telling your story - your own personal narrative combing thoughtful writing and story construction, as well as digital media tools that allow you to enhance it and influence and inform your viewers - creating short personal multimedia tales told from your own experiences and feelings. 


Elements of Digital Storytelling

The 7 Elements of Digital Storytelling 

(Direct from the University of Houston & the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, California)

1. Point of View:  What is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author?

2. A Dramatic Question: A key question that keeps the viewer's attention and will be answered by the end of the story

3. Emotional Content: Serious issues that come alive in a personal and powerful way and connects the audience to the story

4. The Gift of Your Voice: A way to personalize the story to help the audience understand the context

5. The Power of the Soundtrack: Music or other sounds that support and embellish the story

6. Economy: Using just enough content to tell the story without overloading the viewer

7. Pacing: The rhythm of the story and how slowly or quickly it progresses