Community Digital Storytelling Workshops

Community Video

Geo-Located Audio

How does it work?

In the digital storytelling workshop, we meet by Zoom 3 or 4 times to help you create your video story. You work outside the workshop to write and shoot content for your story.

In the first meeting, we talking with you about your story and guide you in gathering footage. You create the photos or voice-over you’ll use. 

You can edit the piece yourself if you have the software available. Otherwise, we can edit the video for you, under your direction. We are aiming for a one or two minute long video. 

If you choose, your video will be featured on this site Digital Stories Canada. It is also presented to curators for the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen, a project of the grunt gallery. If your digital story is selected, you will be paid an artist fee.

Too bad we can’t meet in person. But meeting virtually means you can tell your story on a timeline that works for you. Email us to find out more [email protected]

Do you have a story to tell?

Since we’ve moved our workshops online, we’ve tried to help people who prefer the oral tradition. Your story should be connected in some way to a particular location. You write and record your own story with our help.

We’ll add your stories to our ever growing network of geo-located stories. So far, we have sound/memory walks in Mount Pleasant and Vancouver’s West End. More projects are underway in other British Columbia locations (Grandview-Woodlands, Kamloops, Vancouver area beaches, Burnaby horse routes, and the highway between Vancouver and Mount Currie). There’s also an historic Mount Pleasant walk underway.

Using the Guidemate app, your audience can walk or roll while listening or tune in from home using a browser. 

Too bad we can’t meet in person. But meeting virtually means you can tell your story on a timeline that works for you. Email us to find out more [email protected]

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Soy Chicken Qingming by Jane Shi (2019)

Tech Tip: How to send us files for workshops

Since moving online, we’ve  worked with folks who do not call themselves “techies.” With this in mind, we asked a group we’re working with – the Suzuki Elders – to share what they’ve learned about sending us files. 

Erlene's Email Method

Erlene recorded her story on an iPhone.

“I first send to myself and then send out to you or whomever wants it. All I do is go to the camera on my phone and press video and just keep that on until finished and then I go to photographs and press the little icon for sending and up pops several choices and I first choose email option which has worked some of the time.  

If for some unknown reason that does not work then I choose the AirDrop option and that seems to work.”

Thanks Elene. Her videos have arrived intact and ready to edit during the workshop.

Martha's Messenger Method

“It was very easy for me, a very tech-impaired person.  I use an iPad with fully updated operating system.  I specify this as some things you can do on a computer don’t work on an iPad.”

“Select the video and choose “share” (the little box with an arrow).  Choose “Messenger “. “Send to” comes up. Put in email address and press Send.”

Lorna confirmed that the video arrived by Facebook Messenger. To download the video, simply tap twice to get a larger view and select Download from the top menu.