Digital Storytelling

Holderness Artward Bound 2013

Welcome! This page was put together by me, Terra Reilly, as part of the class I'll be teaching at Holderness. I'll be working with high school sophmores and they will learn how to design and create stories in the digital age. Scroll through for an overview on the class and some amazing videos on different types of digital storytelling  And if you'd like to contact me, scroll to the bottom and send me a message through the contact form! I'd love to hear your feedback.

Resources and Information on the project

We'll be creating characters, developing a story and then using digital media to present the story as either a graphic novel/comicbook or in a short film.  Four groups of students will learn how to put together a story and share it using digital and social media.

As an additional element - students can come to the afternoon workshop and work with me to build a website and do a social media campaign around the class. We'll choose a name, do some brand development and put together our voice to the world. Stay tuned for a link.

The steps we'll cover are:

  • Develop Characters
  • Create Overall Story
  • Write Script
  • Storyboard
  • Shoot
  • Assemble and Edit
  • Post!

Character Development

We'll use a character development worksheet as a way to get into the character. The students can use this as a springboard for creating a deeply defined and complex character that will help inform the story.

Creating the Story & World

Creating a story can be hard. We'll use some fun brainstorming techniques to come up with a central conflict, the relationships between the characters, the action and key plot points they need to show and the over all story arc.

Some fun resources for this are listed below:


Now that characters are developed the overall story is decided on, it's time to write a script or outline. The script is used to expand on the story and then get clear on what  to say, the story arc, action and dialogue.

  • If you want to be fancy, you can use special software. Screen Writing Pro is pretty cool and free for 30 days.


To create story strips it's helpful to work together and storyboard out ideas. This helps the team map out shots, prop needs, costume needs and what needs to be  captured when you go out to photograph. It helps with organization and spelling out the action and arc of the story. See the videos and links below for some help:


In today's age video and photos are easy to capture and there are a ton of great tools. We'll use simple tools to shoot. Smartphones, a Flip Video camera possibly iPads and iPod Touches. There will also be am OWLE Bubo available to the students.

Assemble and Edit

Again, we'll use simple and readily available tools to make the final product. The films will most likely be done in iMovie. It's easy to use and well designed. The school has a Mac lab with six iMacs loaded with the software they need. If they choose to do a comic book style final piece, we'll use simple apps. The students will get to choose and we'll share which ones they select and liked the best.


The final element is posting the student projects to the web. The ones who are interested in creating a website will work with me on designing and creating all the elements for the site.

They'll choose which platform. Some options are: Tumblr, Wordpress, Wix, Weebly, and Blogger. And we'll do a social media campaign to share our experiences of the process as well as the final result using Twitter, Instagram, Pheed, and any other tools the students want to use.

Other Types of Digital Storytelling

Visuals Aiding in Understanding

Storytelling w/ Data Visualization

Collaborative Storytelling

Story Through Game Design

Infographics & Storytelling

Transmedia Storytelling

Storytelling for Artists - w/ band OK Go

Storytelling Thru Marketing & Brands

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