Digital Folklore and Storytelling Course

Digital Folklore and Storytelling Course

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This 8-week online course is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme South Dublin County Council.

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Calling all artists, creatives, heritage experts, folklorists and community facilitators. Since the late 1990s Michael Fortune (from folklore.ie) has been using film and video to record and share folklore and history in communities through the length and breadth of Ireland.

If you are interested in local history and folklore, this 8-week online course will teach you how to capture and share these stories with easy-to-use technology (e.g. smart phones, tablets and pcs).

Michael Fortune has worked in digital education since the early 00’s and currently delivers the Digital Media Programme on MA in Education at Limerick School of Art and Design.

The course is delivered via ZOOM.

Priority for spaces will be given to residents of South Dublin County.

Dates

  1. Wed 18 May 10am - 12pm
  2. Wed 25 May 10am - 12pm
  3. Wed 1 June 10am - 12pm
  4. Wed 8 June 10am - 12pm
  5. Wed 15 June 10am - 12pm
  6. Wed 22 June 10am - 12pm
  7. Wed 29 June 10am - 12pm
  8. Wed 6th July 10am - 12pm

This is an 8-week course. Please ensure you are available for all these sessions.

Each session is two hours in duration and each week, the group will be upskilled in everyday mobile and digital technology and given hands-on tasks and applying these in practice. The produced content will be reviewed by Michael in a group peer setting. This hands on approach will allow participants will get a chance to produce digital work using newly developed skills in the supportive and creative setting.

Full course details are below:

Week 1 + 2

PRACTICAL

These two sessions will show you how to make use of your mobile phone to film interviews and documentaries. It will also highlight how to utilize your phone to its fullest potential (video settings, manual focus etc) alongside the DIY tips needed to create tripods and accessories for shooting. This will cover external mics, lights and various configurations, where to purchase etc. This session will show you how to video edit on your mobile phone and tablet using the free cross-platform App ‘InShot’. This will cover everything you need to know from editing, adding titles, adding and recording sound and sharing the completed film. The session will cover everything needed to get you up and running and the session will also look at transferring the completed video files via We Transfer, WhatsApp, Messenger and Air/Snap Drop and compressing files using Handbrake.

TASK

Record a three minute film about an object in your life and the story behind it and your connection to it. Final film uploaded for peer review.

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Week 3 + 4

PEER REVIEW

Look at the films made by the group.

PRACTICAL

In this session you will be shown the many different ways in which to use video to record folklore on film. These sessions will look at camera setups and systems as well as locations for recording whether it be in daycare centers, private homes, outdoors or in sheds or barns. Ethics will be discussed while advice given on simply making someone feel comfortable, what questions to ask, when to ask and what not to. The use of the camera as a tool for recording visual and also audio will be discussed and types of setups examined. The sessions will also look at the area around Image Release and where content is shown and presented.

TASK

Based on the time of year i.e. Hallowe'en, Easter etc, each individual will be asked to conduct a ten minute interview with a neighbour or family member using just your mobile phone or tablet based on that calendar custom date. Final film uploaded to a group folder for peer review.

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PEER REVIEW

Look at the films made by the group. PRACTICAL In this session you will be introduced to the area of Broadcasting and Sharing content online. This will focus on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram and how they are used to share content and generate conversations etc. In this session Michael will walk you through his various social media pages and give an insight into posting with regard to content, narratives, tagging etc. The session will look at Facebook/YouTube LIVE as well as using pre-recorded material using Elgato boxes and Scheduled Posts. The session will end showing how ZOOM (and other screen based video platforms) can be used for remote field recording and collecting.

TASK

Conduct a ten minute remote interview using ZOOM. The film is saved on your computer and edited, as appropriate, using InShot. Final film uploaded to a group folder for peer review

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Week 7 + 8

PEER REVIEW

Look at the films made by the group.

PRACTICAL

The group will be introduced to the world of stories, as told by the marks and lines of maps. Using maps from the 1500s to the present day, the group will explore a place of choice and bring this to life in the form of a Google Map. This will be achieved by using online and local resources while also using screen recording and grabbing techniques, filming and editing. The group will learn about the importance of local place names and produce a map of places combining untapped local knowledge and contemporary map making technology. These two sessions will also look at screen-recording at research and production levels and also how to produce field and place name research remotely using ZOOM.

TASK

Produce a Google Map with 25 sites of local social, historical and folkloric importance. This will range from local place names and field names, local sites as well as cold walking routes and paths in the landscape. Final film uploaded to a group folder for peer review prior to Week 8.

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