Digital Storytelling @ Creativity Cafe

Throughout history, humankind has communicated it's cultural heritage by telling stories and singing songs. In today's digital age, storytelling is not only on an oral art practiced around the kitchen table, but around the world. We pass our vision and ideas from one generation to the next through radio and television, in movie theaters and now in Cyberspace; where everyone can easily (relatively) "talk story" with a global audience.

Please contact Creativity Cafe if you would like this training in YOUR multimedia lab to offer to your community?

Multimedia Storytelling: Personal Expression in the Digital Age;
A six week, fourty-eight hour experience for comprehensive multimedia training
or a 4-6 hour module within your existing conference, edutainment event or special event that will enrapture, engage, impress and leave bigs smiles everywhere!

Special Introductory Course, Ongoing:
Contact V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media for FREE previews on Maui, Hawaii.

Participants are asked to bring autobiographical data consisting of family video and audio tapes, photographs and treasured momentos for creating an Electronic Family Album. You will be taken through an evolutionary journey to prepare and sensitize you to where you have been, and where you might like to go. With the assistance from those familiar with the digital tools, multimedia and computer resources, we will teach you how to digitize sound and video from your tapes, your photos and momentos to produce a digital movie of your life story, or something you make up on the spot you can share on videotape and/or the Internet.

While this course/experiential playshop is directed to youths and young adults, all ages are welcome and encouraged to play and learn. We will work with you to develop a story from your experiences using what you have brought in. We will teach you how to integrate the digitized material into a Quicktime movie (using Macromedia Director, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere) and/or create a web site to commemorate your storytelling experience during your Creativity Camp adventure. Our Digital Storytelling Camp cuncludes with the transferring of your Quicktime movie to video tape, and presentation of your movie on the big screen in a gala event celebrating you as a certified "digital storyteller."


  • 1. Why tell stories?
  • 2. Analog and Digital Tools for Storytelling: Overview
  • 3. The big picture: The World Wide Web; digital publishing and personal broadcasting
  • 4. Collecting memories, materials and writing a narrative of your peak experiences, ie, .school accomplishments, family and friends, marriage, professional awards, personal art and photography, etc.
  • 5. Digitizing materials: sound digitizing and scanning technology instruction; recording of narrative
  • 6. Digitizing materials: video, music
  • 7. Photoshop instruction
  • 8. Director instruction (titles and credits) After Effects instruction (Quicktime Movie production)
  • 9. Production of Quicktime Movies and Transfer to Video
  • 10. Optional web site building and publishing digital movies on the Net
  • 11. Celebration, certificate of completion and showcase of movies
    Basic knowledge of either the Macintosh or DOS computer operating system, One 100MB ZIP disk. Knowledge of the Internet and World Wide Web recommended but not necessary.


    Visionary Artists' Resources Including Other Unique Services (V.A.R.I.O.U.S.), was founded in 1980 to build a high tech artists' resource center (now called Creativity Cafe) and a "New School for the Next Millennium" for exploring the use of art and technology for building better humans, educational entertainment, healing and local/global community empowerment.

    A 3,000 sq. ft. prototype was directed by Peter H. Rosen, founder of Visionary Artists Resources Including Other Unique Services at the 1983 FutureWold Expo in the Los Angeles Convention Center. V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Members' portfolios, were scanned into the world's first video disk recorder programmed as an Image Storage and Retrieval System for contemporary art marketing. Creativity Cafe® is being developed as a network of multimedia CyberTheaters and storytelling parlors; where the creative tools of today can support the leaders of tomorrow.

    Lecture with computer presentation, slides, group participation, videos, etc.

    2 four hour sessions, twice a week for 6 weeks.

    Please address inquires to:

    V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media
    140 Uwapo Rd.,#49-204
    Kihei HI 96753
    808 875-4747

    This expanded course was first produced as a 2 day, catered seminar and playshop on May 16-17 , 1997 in Graz, Austria and at the Hartsburg Castle facilities of WIFI Interactive Information Center. We thank our sponsor Wolfgang Schinagl, director of WIFI, who discovered Creativity Cafe while surfing the Web and invited our participation in "Myths and Other Little Devils in Cyber Space." Digital Storytelling participants included leaders in Austrian government and industry.

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