OC Intern Learns New Way to Tell a Story
March 25, 2015

by Shelby Thibodeaux (OC Intern 2014-2015)

shelby-tOn March 9th, I was sponsored by Ogallala Commons to attend a workshop presented by the Center for Digital Storytelling, held at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. I found out about the Center when I went to the Quivira Coalition Annual Conference, also as an Ogallala Commons delegate. The workshop on digital storytelling helped participants in learn how to design and produce powerful short videos. The workshop began with participants talking about what we wanted our videos to be, then receiving feedback and advice. Most people used the instrument to tell a story about themselves, their family, or heritage.  I wanted to do something different. While the other participants were skeptical at first, they understood when they saw my finished product.

After the participants finished writing our scripts, we recorded ourselves. It was important to not just read the script, but to feel it, and speak with emotion and passion. I compiled the images I wanted to use in my video and placed them in the order I wanted to correlate with my voice. Then, at last, I added some background music, and ta-dah…the video was finished!  Digital Storytelling is a tool I will now teach to selected OC Community Interns and Apprentices in 2015, because we have a lot of great stories to tell!

You can watch my video below or by clicking on this link: https://www.wevideo.com/hub/#media/ci/337319067