The form of digital storytelling is not strange to me personally, since I have already seen several short clips on Youtube which was made by different people. They seem to be amateur, doing rought stories due to their interests, upload randomly, to be honest, didn’t attract me too much.
After doing the reading, I tried to reconsider digital storytellings in a different way. Though the cameras may be of low quality, they could still be good stories from the form to the contents,of small scale. They story teller is aware of the fact that the story would be shared after it is done, so he or she is likely to think of the shape of a story elaboratively before editing. What’s more, the collaboartion process, with the multimedia tool, digital narratives aspire to the variety and plentitude of constituting a world, enabling a personal story to be shared by more people.
In the first video, the girl tells the story through a slides of photos during her growth with her own voice. The photos are composed of portraits and certain things, replacing each other to show her life story. Compare to the video footages, photo footages are more steady, which is helpful for her to express her topic of getting infected by HIV while embraced by society. Her voice is plain and clear, without involving any mood,making the viewers feel comfortable with what she is talking about. Above all, the editing of the video is very authentic, making the audience know that there is a real story happening besides them.
The second video, all about kids.In my opinion, it’s more like a little documentary of Teacher Paula. The camera style is rough, even didn’t aim at Paula accurately, swagging most of the time, making it just like an ordinary recording of the class. Moreover, the voice is not so clear, with much noise, so the contents are the stories that Paula told the kids through drawing, while the class itself is a story. Therefore, to me, it’s like a double story integration, Paula told story to kids and the camera told Paula’s story, from this percpective, it takes time to constructe the digital story telling form and contents together in a proper way.