Storytelling using technology is one of those huge developments in our generation that arrived on the scene without great fanfare. One day it was just there. The transformation from radio to television was a big evolution but once we became a nation of watchers, everything else seemed to arrive on the scene without as much surprise—computers have evolved from desktop giants to mini-notebooks—televisions gave birth to VCRs, DVD players, big screen TVs, plasma, high definition and now 3D.
And then one day we turned on our computers and YouTube was a sensation. YouTube is storytelling using technology—the use of mixed media to weave together images, narrative, and music to bring to life the stories in our lives. The digital tidbits put up on YouTube will live in infamy. But it speaks to the hunger of human beings to have their stories told.
A digital story is a video clip less than 5 minutes long, most often spoken in the first person narrative, using your own voice. There will be still images put together to illustrate the story you are telling, and often a music track will be added in the background to tug on the heartstrings of your audience. Your audience, for genealogy, may not even be alive yet. Our parent company, LS3 Studios can turn your research into lasting memories documentary.
Technology has allowed us to use storytelling to leave our voice, smile, laugh, speech patterns, live color images of our hairstyle and clothing, to future generations. Where today we are limited to preserving pieces of paper to prove our ancestors lived, tomorrow’s generations of researchers will watch their ancestors on the big screen.
"Leonard Smith's Digital Storytelling Genealogy Workshop at the New Orleans Public Library was such a huge success. Attendees enjoyed the workshop so much, that when it was over, people did not want to leave! The workshop was not only informative, but fun. Attendees stated that they would like the workshop to be an all-day affair next year. We look forward to inviting Leonard back for future programming." ~ LaToya, New Orleans Public Library
"I attended Leonard Smith's special technical session held at the Whitney Plantation on July 19. He helped me focus on my many years of family history research using the building blocks of documentary filmmaking, including how to take those all important first steps. His lively and engaging presentation was enhanced by useful snippets taken from documentaries that his company LS3 Studios produced covering diverse family stories. I left the program amazed by his demonstrations of new technologies for sharing heirloom family photos. " ~ Dolores, New York, NY