igital stories, depending on the type you choose to create, can be produced by an individual, or by a team of people. Regardless of the number of people collaborating on a project, there are many roles and responsibilities involved in creating a digital story.
Storyteller(s) must play several important roles synonymous with moviemaking: producer, writer, director and editor. In these applications, we see evidence of the storyteller in a variety of modes: as writer, photographer, actor, narrator, editor, director, and producer.
The producer: This role involves logistical planning—essentially gathering the media resources and setting up the infrastructure to make it all happen, including finding ways to deliver the final product to an audience.
The writer: The story lies at the center of your production, and should be crafted by someone with intimate knowledge of the subject. Who better to do this than you, the master of your story?
The narrator: “Voice” is perhaps the most compelling element in the entire digital storytelling process. The distinctive sound of the storyteller’s voice is usually the most evocative part of the digital story.
The director: There is great power in capturing the content and making sure all of the elements going into your digital story are perfect. The role of the director is to compile or produce appropriate and aesthetically pleasing audio and visual material for the digital story.
The photographer: The aesthetic quality of the digital story can be demonstrated by the photographic skill of the storyteller. Sometimes, the perfect photos will come from family albums, in which case the storyteller simply organizes the photos that best convey the meaning of the story.
The actor: The storyteller can insert performance elements into the digital story. In this context, using acting skills can enhance the performance quality of the video or of the audio recording.
The editor: Takes creative license to arrange all media to maximize story impact. The editor makes those decisions—of placing video, audio, music, effects and other all other pieces—in the right places through the digital video editing process.
Now that you know the various responsibilities it takes to create a digital story, let’s look at the role of The Producer, or you can jump to review the previous sections: