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This digital story is about survival and realization. It attempts to have the audience take a walk in the shoes of very unique situations in one girl's life. The story consisted of physical pain the girl had endured while growing up, this set the emotional tone of the story. The way in which she used her voice, exemplified the pain that was endured. As a child her she was molested and abused. Naturally, one may feel that it is their fault for the actions of others. This feeling began to shape the way in which she viewed herself. In addition to this unbearable pain, she was repeatedly told she was a liar and that the accounts of others actions occurred because of her. Her unique situation caused her to move from many different locations, thus making it even more difficult for her to escape from a "abnormal life". I say abnormal because to most it is, but to her it seemed to be what was normal. Later, after meeting a friend the met up with three boys at a hotel. The guys' intent was not in the best interest for her, she was (again) sexually abused. At this point she knew that there was no way to go but up from her current stand point. She states that on one day she came to the realization that there is more to her than she ever knew. Last but not least, after everything she had gone through, after all the pain and ridicule, she took a positive outlook on her life. She also realized that her these situations helped her learn from them and made her who she is now. She says "wounded are the best healers and the healed are the best survivors." I admired this quote because I felt that it summed her past and her upcoming future. 

I enjoyed watching this digital story, not because of the content of the story but rather the overall point of the story. It was hard to hear some of the pain she endured and I feel that it was very brave of her to be able to relive these occurrences and tell her story. The fact that even after all of the resentment she may have felt she was able to bounce back and in a sense start over with her life. The song at the end was very moving because it really irritated her feelings toward both situations.


Jasmine Dittrich- Healers

This story is about a woman's passion for music. In this digital story she goes on to express what music mean to her and her family. She explains how music serves as common ground and "bridge" for her family. Her daughters passion for music grew as she watched and experienced this passion with her mother. This story describes personal events and everyday traditions her family partakes in. The picture consist mostly of her and her family. Many shots included her and her family playing musical instruments. Also, she incorporates shots of where she lives. 

I like how the story starts with a song because it is more introduction to the voice over, and it automatically sets the tone of the story. The goes on to describe the importance of music in her life and also in her family. I love to hear stories in which express ones passion, I feel that passion is a necessity in living a healthy life. Passion is everything to me and to her someone speak about their passion reminds me of my passion. I like how she explains how music connects her with her family and how music serves as a common ground for everyone in her family. I also like how she both started and ended the story with music and throughout the voice over their were instruments and instrumental music playing. This only better expressed the impact music has on her and her family and it's undeniable importance.


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  This video was very moving, a story that is a definate attention grabber and emotional. A girl's Parents dying of AIDS, wut could be more devastating, the creator of this video used the human perspective to catch viewers eye. The pictures of people coming in and out of the girls home gives veiwers a chance to see he reality of story the creator is trying to convey, the music also helped you feel the emotion that the creator felt or that she tought the girl felt, A girl's parents died of AIDS. The creator definately convey the meaning of a bombshell. I think she always uses transition of the story well, from  sorrow to resilience, and shows what resilience means, The ormat of the story wasnt abnormal also which helped me stay interested. as to where usually the problem comes in the middle she started off with climatic action and resolved the promlem for the rest of the time. i think she really put together a nice video not to long, not to short, and got across her point, You can overcome anything,In my opinion, I also thought one of if not the strongest points of her video was the use of her pictures, which really gve me a sense of the people's sruggle and they're envorment adn living conditions in that area. I thought the transitions from slide to slide could've been more creative, but i could see how a weird fly in or dissolve slide transition could take away from the emotion of the story.

Mario's analysis: When I was your case manager

"When I was your case manager" is very interesting and true story about a case manager that cared for an immigrant while he went through all the struggles of school and life. The case manager was very loving but in most people's mind she was too emotionaly attached. She said she "would sometimes hold myself responsible for success and that was wrong." It seemed from the story that these two, at times, had a very bumpy, difficult, unpredictable, but sometimes fun relationship. The case manager learned that it was okay to love but sometimes leave some room and distance. What I don't really understand though is why she though what she did was wrong. Also, what were thier downfalls or more specific details on the relationship. But, the case manager gives enough business for you to guess what is on her mind. So for those of you that need to know, this ain't need to know.

Freddy's Analysis

The first video I watched was "The Wounded are the Best Healers". This digital story was about a young lady named Alexxa Gooenoughe. Her story talks about molestation, abuse, and tribulations. The narrator, Alexxa, tells stories of some very scary moments during her life on the run. Then you witness change in the story, the once troubled and wounded young women becomes the healer. I liked this story, I felt it showcased darkness shedding to light. It showed the troubles the narrator underwent, it also showed how she learned from her mistakes and chose to make a difference from her experience. I also liked the picture selection, I felt it showed a wide variety of 

Mario's Post: Ghost of Time

In the video ghost of time the song and the footage remind us of all the races and both genders that have struggled to get to the point they are today. I loved the song selection and title because it goes along perfectly with the theme and what's going on. We see the people who fought for our rights and attempted to bring us together. Thats what I saw even though this video is an Obama tribute. I loved everything about the video, but if it were me I would make sure to remind people that we still have a ways to go in terms of becoming one as individuals and treating each other as humans. True Obama's in office, but I don't think thats quite the final step. Ghost of time means the heroes who were not forgotten, but were not heard or given a chance in their lifetime, but they made themselves be heard and took what they did not have. Thats what Ghost of time is if you ask me.

When I was your case manager and Inspire

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The first story I did was on "When I Was Your Case Manager." This story starts off with "I had a lot of doubts.." and it shows a picture of the narrator's client, but it doesn't show their face, and ends just the same. It explains in this video what most psychologists / psychiatrists may think about their clients, especially if they are just starting off. This video talks about the past and makes it seem like they are no long psychologist and client, but maybe they no longer have contact. You can hear in the narrator's voice that she cared throughout the whole video, but also near the end, she began to learn to show it better. I believe the topic of this video is the psychologist / psychiatrist and the clients differences and how they can get through them. I believe the moral of this video is that you can get through anything if you try. Also another possible one is that everyone is different, try to understand.
The whole film was in black and white, which I believe makes the video stronger, as well as the language ("bullshit immigration laws"), as well as the video not having music helps tell the story and makes it stronger as well.
This story begins with pictures that the author may have drawn, and he begins to explain about his passion for drawing, which leads to music. This video could relate to anyone, since throughout the movie he changes, and let's go of "the boy who always had a pencil in hand."  I believe the topic of this strong, especially towards high school students as well as college student trying to figure out who they are. The photos and music the narrator uses are inspiring themselves. They show how he is in a way, because it shows his thoughts that he placed on the paper, and he explained detail very well like he was "thrust into music" even though he doesn't really know how it happened. The text at the beginning were "Spark! 2008" Which may be a place that he made the movie for, or it could be a secondary title, followed by the year it was made. That spark could be his artistic passion, beginning to burst into flame.



Only The Strong Survive

  This blog was very well put together, i felt, because of the way the music reinforced the punchlines in the story. I thought that it kept me wanting to hear more because of the make up of the story. The story itself seemed like an intro to a movie, which i thought was probably really advanced"not knowing the person who did it". The story was well rounded and gave me lots of information as far as ,who,what,when,where.He layed the story out very chronilogical so it was easy to follow. I liked that this video was a build up format because it definately made it more interesting to watch and listen to. The content of the story drew more personal meaning for the writer in my opinion, which also help with the attention grabbing aspect. I Thought that it should've been longer just because i was enjoying it, but he definately got his point across in the length of his video. I think the only thing that i would've changed would be to add color pictures, but style is always varient and can really never be wrongecuador_05.jpg.


The second story I watched was entitled Growing Up Hmong Amering by Alex Vang. In this story Alex speaks about his experience growing up in mainstream American culture as the child of two Hmong immigrants. At the beginning of the video Alex spoke mostly about how he was ashamed of his family as he grew up. Ashamed of the fact that his parents didn't work, ashamed of the fact that he was one of tweleve children, and other things like this. Towrds the end, however, Alex speaks of how he eventually came to accept and appreciate who he was as a Hmong.

The first shot that I remember seeing was a picture of him as a child. This photo was juxtaposed with the phrase "I didn't have much knowledge of what it meant to be Hmong before college".  There is a look of uncertainty in the child's eyes which I thought fit perfectly with the story. One thing I didn't like, however, was the pace of the editing. I thought some of the pictures stayed on screen for too long, to the point where the photo no longer fit with the voice over. Another thing I didn't like was when he displayed facts about the Hmong population in America, while he was still narrating the story. I felt like I was losing the story if I payed attention to the facts, or like I was losing important facts if I continued to listen to his voice.

Towards the end, he began to display a montage of photos of him in his cap and gown. At the same time he spoke of how he was now proud to be Hmong, proud of what he's learned about his people and his heritage, and proud of his accomplishments as well. I thought those pictures accurately illustrated what he was conveying.


Evie's Analysis (Nina)

The first video I chose to do was called Nina from She explains how it feels to be born from an interracial couple and to be mixed with black and white. She said that when she was little she always wanted to look like her mommy (who was white) but most of the kids considered her black. Her school was divided up into white kids and the Hasians (which wasn't African American but they looked black), she was put with the white kids but did not feel as though she fit in anywhere. The majority of her friends were white and she said that the black kids considered her white and the white kids considered her black but her true friends don't care. Once she realizes who she truly is she identifies with both black and white and feels you should like her for who she is and not her skin color.

Her context in the story was very good I felt because it is a personal story about herself and she explains her situation completely to the person watching and makes you able to understand how she feels. The theme of the story seemed to be 'love me as I am and not for what I look like'.Her form for the story was also very good because she showed videos, close ups, full body shots, and also she showed pictures from far away where she would zoom in. The music in the background fit her video very nicely at all times even when she was talking. I thought this was a very good video and it shows how hard it may be at times to indentify with one group specifically and that you should love people for whats inside, not whats on the outside.



The first Digital Story I watched was from the website It was entitled Swing Low, Swing High by Krystal. The story was Krystal's account of the suicidal death of her brother. Overall I think her piece was good. One thing that distracted me from the flow, however, was her voice at times. It sometimes sounded a bit choppy, taking away from the juxtaposition of the voice over and the photos. On a more positive note, however, the fact that she used her own voice had a very emotional impact on me as a listener. I especially remember the line "I miss him." As she said these words you could hear her voice crack, you could feel her pain and sadness. Along with her own voice, she also had a male do a voice over for a shot which was a fade in of a letter her brother wrote to her before his death. This again had a very emotional impact on me as the listener, for it was almost as though I was hearing him writing to his baby sister right before he commited suicide.

One thing that  I thought could have been done better was a shot that was a photo of her brother playing around with family and friends holding up a play gun to the camera laughing along with everyone else. Though this picture served as a recollection of her brother, the voice over which juxtaposed this photo said, "He died with a gunshot wound from the head". With a critical statement such as that, I thought the photo of her brother play-posing with a gun was a bit innapropriate. One shot I did especially like, however, was towards the beginning. It was a video of about 7 empty swings swinging back and forth simultaneously. This video fit appropriatly with the title Swing High Swing Low. Also, the empty swings served as a representation for her brother who was no longer there. A similar shot also shows up at the end of the story. As the story concludes there is a video of Krystal herself swinging on a swing seemingly happy, as to represent her content.  I thought it was a beautiful way to conclude. For it illustrated the journey from trauma of losing her brother, toher healing and where she is now.


michael carter (why)

This story is about a boy that started off with the good. everything was going perfect with his family, playing with his sister living the life. his mom and dad has been married for 20 years. but here comes the hard times. his dad would come home in the early mornings drunk and acting crazy. everyday now there was fights arguments. but his mom would put up with it. she would just work and work even around the house. carlos entered a gang because he thought it was his family and his way out of the madness of living in a house of no control. carlos was getting jump, stabed, and shout for his so called family. now he is free but he is scared that he is free friends dying and getting locked up is scary. him mom and dad sticks together because then u fight and argue and all the flaw you have are making your family stronger.


this story really touch me in a way. thats how my family you to be with the mom and dad fighting, sister coming in the house anytime she wants. but we stuck together. i like everything about this story the way it comes on with the song so hard. it made me think how my life ways back then. it could get no better.

Eric Jacques Analysis

Letter to my Mother

          This digital stories is about a young man who loses his mother at a young age and his stepmother is very nasty and abusive to him it was sad but at the same time it makes you appreciate having your god given mother and want respect her. The video begins with him talking about how his stepmother mistreats him after he lost his real mother 18 months ago and he was only six years old at the time. The images he uses really helps you understand where he comes from and how it was for him growing up he goes from tricycles to basketball player, and as the stories goes on I feel like he talks about his dad in a disappointed fashion he feels like his dad should care about how his new wife treated him and he did. He has not been in touch with his dad so much and it's been a millennium since he seen his stepmother. And later in life when he gets married he puts the same ring his mother owned on his wife Valarie's finger. I like this story it was very touching and the music helped the story seem very sad.

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          This digital story is about a girl who fells her moms love when her mom is lying on her death bed in the hospital. It's very hard to lose a loved one I'm sure everyone knows that, in the story I like how she starts off with an image of the sun rising and at the end she uses a picture of the sun setting and then the title shows up and it makes since how everyday starts with the sun rising and setting at night. She does not use too many images I only counted about ten but the ones she did use went hand in hand with her digital story. The images she uses are pictures of her mother in her last days of life and the music was very dramatic and slow. The music went with her story and helped put a emphasis on what she was saying and the images she was showing I think this was also a good digital story even doe it was very short.



Dear Laura's Digital Story Analysis



Joey Vazquez wrote the digital story "Homophobic". He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the struggle of being a colored queer during. Being queer was not a choice for him, it was simply who he was. Even though his father tried to befriend Joey, his mother said his choices were not acceptable and kicked him out. He then found a supporting family through Third World Majority. Here he has the freedom to be Joey.

In my opinion, Joey Vazquez wrote a powerful message of wanting acceptance. His family, his friends, everyone shut him out because of his sexuality. He tries and tries again to be the mold of which everyone wants, yet he simply cannot fit into it. Why is it that we cannot just be accepting of everyone and look beyond the typical American? Suicide and drug addiction was almost Joey's final answer.

The video consisted of a montage of pictures. Dissolving picture into picture was very successful in this digital story. The instrument beat in the background was a great choice, along with the voice over. Joey Vazquez voice over was very powerful and successful in this video because he created a tone. I believe the two raps and small speech between his "mother and father" is what made this video. 




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 Dear Jody

"Dear Jody" was created by Sasha Charles in May of 2007 through digital storytelling workshop.  It was produced by Digital Storytelling Center and funded by The Childrens Bureau Discretionary Grants Program.  Sasha Charles grew up very fast, taking care of Jody (her brother), because her parents were too busy fighting. She was taken out of an abusive home and put into the system of foster care at a young age, only without her best friend, her brother Jody.

To me Sasha Charles story was a struggle to reaching the top again only&nbsProxy-Connection: keep-alive Cache-Control: max-age=0 3Bon her own. When Sasha took care of Jody, she tried to be the best because she wanted him to succeed in his life, so she set an example. As she was pulled away from Jody, she was filled with enrage, and let her grades slip and her fist swing. To reach the top, Jody needed a friend to tell her to open her eyes. Her case worker was that very person. Sasha will be that person for Jody forever. I can relate to this story because my brother and I are very close. He is one of my best friends.

The video had a good incorporation of both pictures and video footage. The two videos within the story are of Jody. They are successful in showing the mood, you see her jumping around as she graduates in a wide shot and impatiently waiting to see Jody in a bust shot. The picture of Sasha and Jody, tie the whole video together. The music was an ideal tempo and the pace of the story was also successful because it gave us time to consider what has happened to Sasha and Jody.            

Ms. Sharon's Story

Ms.Sharon's story was a different kind of digital story she decided to tell her story through timeline of still images going vertical down the page. It all stared with the image of her red suitcase from the lady who offered her and 22 other black students a guaranteed scholarship to college. She then used words that people of color relate to like "edumacation" this gave it a sense of humor and a relaxing vibe. As i panned down the page there was an image of a mixed crowd of black and white people. This shows that in the 60's they were trying to become more intergrated and equal. Sharon starts to tells us that she got she got her first All-American white roommate from chicago and how they took a trip there for her roommate to show that all black people weren't lazy . When they final got there the girls parents told her she couldn 't stay at the house. this was supported by a picture of the chicago skyline. This story was mainly supported my the text on each side of the time line. I really enjoyed how she used everyday language that people used in the south. Ending with "sorry you can't stay", was a powerful message saying that even though you have accomplished so much with your education people will still look at your color and not the content of your character.

Jessica's Analysis

    The first digital video that I analyzed was "The Wounded are the Best Healers" by Alexxa Goodnoughe.

    The overview is about how Alexxa grows up as a foster child and how she was able to cope with all types of abuse.   

    I felt that this video was very well put together. Although there was a tiny number of flaws, I really enjoyed this piece.
    When the voice over began, it automatically caught my attention. Because the first slide did not have any sound, the voice over brought me into the story. It pulled me in by starting with an attention getter, "Every night he came into my room. Every night, I laid there with my eyes shut."  Her tone made the story more serious than it would have if she spoke in a different tone. Even though her tone enhanced the story, I think it was a little mono-toned. A mono-toned voice over creates a lifeless story. If she were to tell the story with additional expression, I believe it would've been even more enhanced.

    The photos were extremely appropriate for the message that Alexxa was trying to broadcast. I liked the way she had transitions between her slides. Although she had transitions in her video, she did an exceptional job at not over doing it. If the digital video did not have any transitions, the story would not have been as interesting. The transition that I found the most interesting was when she was describing what happened when she returned to the guys' room at the motel. As she described how the guys locked the door as soon as they entered the room, she had frightening instrumental music and did a close up on the hallway of the motel. I thought that transition enhanced the suspense of the story.
    Alexxa's ending was superb. I liked the ending very much. The ending was filled with happiness and encouragement. Towards the end, her tone and mood changed dramatically. Alexxa transitioned from serious and hurt to accomplished and full of life. She showed that she was able to let go of all the bad, and look forward to the good.

    As I was watching her video, I developed sadness for her. I felt sorry that she was involved in so many horrid situations. In the end, I was proud of her for overcoming so much.

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    The second digital story that I analyzed was called "Journey" by Daisy Larios.

    The overview is about her, her family and her journey to finding how similar she is to her parents.

    I enjoyed this video. I felt that it did a great job at showing her feelings throughout her journey. When she explained how she disregarded her mexican heritage, it automatically reminded me of myself. I was originally from Oklahoma. Where I came from, I hardly saw any Hmong people. When I moved up to Minnesota, I saw them everywhere. I was uncomfortable seeing people of my own race and ethnicity in public. How horrible is that!? As time went on, I realized that they are just the same as me. I am Hmong. We are all alike. At the end of her journey Daisy realized that her and her parents are more alike than she imagined.

    The images used in this video, too, were appropriate for Daisy's story. Although she did not use as many images as the previous digital video that I viewed, they did a positive job of telling her piece. It shows that sometimes, using less is definitely more. I thought the transitions were good. Although they were good, they could have been better. She should have used a greater variety of transitions instead of just doing a slow close-up on the images.

    I also liked the voice over's tone. It was not too boring and mono-toned. It made the video more compelling. It also did not sound as if she was reading a piece of paper. That is what enhanced the video.

    As for the soundtrack, I felt that it didn't really go with the story. It was good that it was an instrumental, but she could have chosen a more quiet and peaceful soundtrack. I liked the way the soundtrack just stopped when she finally realized that her and her parents were not that different. It was a point of understanding and appreciation.

    I liked how Daisy ended her video with a quote. The quote from Lao Tzu "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" says a lot about her thoughts. To me, it tells me that if I want to begin my own journey, I have to be willing to take that first step to achieve my goals. I cannot wait for someone else to do it for me. 



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At the genesis of this video she fixed the camera at an eye level to talk straight to the viewer, grabbing our attention right away.She began by stating what it takes to be a social worker.perseverance.This to me opens a door to what the main idea of the video is about, It then cuts to a clip of just the word "nobody" all alone in white letters and a black background. Giving us the sense of really being alone with "nobody" around.She then said the word itself with a "street" type while a montage of blurred images flashed across the screen.The images moved the story along accompanied by her life story about how she was being moved from place to place.Speaking in a monotone voice a picture of her as a child faded in as she spoke the word "nobody". This part seemed to be where she really wanted to capture the audience by calling herself a nobody because nobody wanted her. After calling herself a nobody I felt that she really hit me by going into detail about the social worker as a picture of a over weights woman sitting in chair, with a washed out face appered on the screen. This image shows that the social worker, like Sade said "Had no social skills."  Towards the end of the video jill scotts' song "Golden" started to play as she talked about the lady Jennifer who was a social worker that helped turn her life around. Each transition in this this video was timed perfectly. The Last message she left us with was "You say you have no responibility to me. Are you sure? 'cause you may not be my mom or dad but i am yo' future." I felt like she put her entire life story in that last statement. This video tought me to not take my mother for granted because someone out there does not have one or like Sade said "nobody."


Lucia Mugabe in Zimbabwe

Lucia Mugabe is an aid worker in an African orphanage. I very much liked her story. I like the way she gets the audience to sympathize with her because of Shona traditions and African stereotypes that set her community, family, and her husband's family against her. It catches the attention of the audience. She has a very good story-one that needs to be heard.
        The pace is a little fast for me, I find it hard to keep up with everything that she is saying. Also, the video's economy sounds very professional. Lucy has an advanced English vocabulary and clearly knows what she's talking about. She has included most of the five senses, which made me feel as if I was there with her as the events she described took place. The aesthetics were very impressive as well. The people who made this video clearly put much time, thought and effort into it. The traditional African music playing throughout the video does a good job at engaging the audience.
        Overall, I believe that this is a very good video. It is very professional and captures the audience's attention immediately. Lucy's story is very good, and I'm glad that I was able to hear it.

Saajan's Story Reviews

1.JPGThe title of this story was "Because I Could". The author was Phyllis Clark. She is a resident of Windcrest in Denver, CO. This is on the main website for storytelling so I'm guessing she went to this workshop and because it sites the website and logo in the end of the video.
The story is about a married woman who had her last kid in her fortys and she never really did any activities as a young kid. She got a degree at age 60 and graduated after her children where done with the military and then she got very interested in running. For the next thirty years, she ran many races. Then, one day when she was packing her tibea in her right leg was broken. She ended her long career of running. She was told she won't be able to walk. So she tried to prove the doctors and for the next six weeks, she trained. After six weeks, she was able to walk with a walker.
The way she presented the whole thing was amazing. At first, it was okay, I mean she used zoom in and zoom outs, but after she talked about her kids going into the army, then it got interesting. She used black and white photos along with color photos. She also used real photage of clips of her excersising and also newspapers she was in. I think the moral of the story was that even if you fall down, you need to get back up and have confidence and prove other people wrong that you can do it.
I though this was an interesting digital story because it can give you confidence when your hurt to try to regain the confidence you previously had. The black and white photos where boring but she made it a little more appealing when she used the zoom techniques.
The story is called "Borders". The author is Khanh Pham. her parents are from Vietnam and they have endured alot during the War.
It talk about when two her granduncles came to the US for the first time and how he lived in/during the war for over a half century. She treats them like a grandfather because her mom's dad died when her mom was only four. It goes on to say how muh they have endured during the times of war and even though they fought on differnet sides of the war, they are still one family. They were fought to go into the war and suffer alot.
The person used many differnet photos along with color and non-color photos. She used many zoom in and zoom out so the viewer would not get bored of looking at dull black and white photos. Her v.o. was slow and i thought it was appropraite because this video wasn't about violence or excitement.
I thought it was an inspirational story. Even though her two granduncles have endured alot, they are still one family coming from two differnet sides. I liked how even though she had color photos, she zoomed in and out to make the photo look interesting along with the color photos she used with a digital camera I'm guessing.

Proper Welsh

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I thought the movie was very creative. It moved at a good pace and had quite a bit of humor to it as well. In the beginning, she has a picture of her rear with "100% Welsh Beef" written across it. This, in my opinion, shows the British stereotype that Welsh women have huge rears.
          In the beginning of the movie, I like how she says that she does not have a weird obsession of sheep and gave up the harp(a traditional Welsh instrument) for the trumpet. She separates herself from some British stereotypes of Welsh people. I find it very interesting when she says that she goes to English-style pubs, drinking English beer and eating her chips(fries) while other, more nationalistic Welsh people "spit at the English" and write Welsh phrases on walls. It's VERY COOL how when she goes abroad she is laughed at for her Welsh language, as well as her other Welsh characteristics, but when she returns home to her university, she is not Welsh enough. This shows me that it's very hard to be "Proper Welsh", and it all depends on the person you ask.
          I thought that the aesthetics could have been a little better, though she did a good job by showing pictures of traditional Welsh things(i.e. a Welsh hat, her as a young girl in traditional Welsh clothes, etc.). Her sequence is pretty good. Each of her shots goes with exactly what she is talking about, and the pace is not too fast or too slow, but just right. Every shot changes when she moves on to the next subject.
          I think she did an overall good job. The message is clear, she obviously is Welsh, but can't decide how much for herself. She did a good job describing how other people perceive her level of being Welsh based on how she talks, lives, etc. This was a good story with a good dose of humor.

Ger's Digital Stories Analysis

My Mother
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The creator of this story was Troy. In a workshop at mass housing, as what the information says. The creator of this story never really gives the viewers the name of the location of the video, but in the video he shows us various shots of his mothers kitchen. Telling from the video, the creator of this story must have taken photo's that he took of his current home and scenes from his life.

The story is about his mother, and how she sacrificed so much so that he and his brothers can grow up to become positive images for the family and society. He talks about how his mother would worry about him and his brothers. Raising a family of 5 boys she had to sacrifice her time and effort to feed everyone. The theme of the story is about how much love one mother can have for a family, what she will put herself through just so she can see the family succeed.
The media used were voice over and music in the background. The creator also used cut's to show various episodes of his mothers life and pictures of him and his brothers. The compositing is used effectively by letting the viewers see that the whole story will be based on his mother. The title "My Mother" in white and the background black shows the viewers the main character in this digital story. The colors in this title symbolizes that the mother will be the main topic and the most important piece in the story.

This story is a good story because of the way he introduced his mother with a title and his voice came through and described everything he did and his mother. The story catches your attention immediatly by displaying a black background and "My Mother" in white. I admire this story more than others, because of the story and the reality. In life every motheProxy-Connection: keep-alive Cache-Control: max-age=0 20puts so much effort and sacrifices so much for their family. I loved this story because he showed a single african american women in the 50's working one to two jobs, trying so hard to provide food and clothing for her family.
(click on Troy)

I Just Want To Be A Daddy
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The creator is named Rodney Montreuil. The story of Rodney is located somewhere in his own home as viewers can see. The information from the video lets us know that Rodney is a daddy. Rodney created this in the workshop called Arizona Adult Education Digital Story Institute 06. 

The story of Rodney is about the perspective that he takes upon being a father to his kid. He says that "Everyone can be a father, but some can't be a daddy" Rodney. He also talks about how he would be there for his kids. 

The voice over that Rodney uses is in bad quality. Some of the words that he could, I couldn't understand, but the effectiveness of his voice helps viewers feel the emotion that he has. The cuts in the video are slow, and this lets the viewer see everything clearly. The slow zooms from the camera to the picture combined with a slight element of music aids in the emotion that Rodney wants the viewers to feel. Rodney does this so well in his story. 

I think that this story was the best one out of the two that I have viewed. This story is a great story because of the way Rodney brought the element of emotions and music so perfectly, while viewing his piece, i felt the emotion that he had, the will to be a good daddy. I loved how Rodney says that everyone can be a father and only some can be a daddy. Rodney contrasts father and daddy as two separate things. From my view I think he sees father as someone who has a kid, but as a daddy you are more involved in the child and you are there for them. Being a daddy to Rodney is more important than anything.

(Click on Rodneys)

The End of Ger's Analysis

Pa's Understanding of Digital Stories....

Discovering Eva 


In the digital story of "Discovering Eva", Eva, who had been sexual molested by her grandfather during her childhood, tells a story of herself overcoming its hardships. It is a self-narrative story that tells of a little girl's fear, trust, and hope. Eva's story gave inspiration to many other young girls who had met the same fate as her. 

I just want to point out that I love the picture that she puts into her story. The images that Eva used in her story were more like painting a setting for her viewers' eyes rather then telling them about her life story. For example, Eva mentioned "I  started to built walls to protect me", to bring out this wall of hers. Eva used a picture of a brick wall surrounding a walk way path; the walk way represented Eva's life and the brick wall represented her isolation from the rest of the world. Eva used various images that related to her topic rather than just her own personal picture; although she did use many personal picture of her own.  Many of Eva's personal pictures are shown from many different angles to show her loneliness. There was a picture of Eva in her story where she was sitting on a rock with many trees behind her and the picture was taken from medium shot. This medium shot showed her surroundings and indicated that since Eva is the only one there, it showed her loneliness.
The use of scenery, personal images, and camera angles helped emphasize her experiences by showing the hardships that she had faced and how she had overcome them.

I thought that Eva was very creative person! Throughout her story, Eva did not only talk about how those hardships brought her down, but rather how she used that learning experience to her advantage and grew from that. From her story, I can tell that she used many transitions to prove her point: she had broken out of her shell. One of the transitions that she used was the dissolved method. The dissolved method added more realization to her viewers that she had broken out of something that been shielding her for a long time. As Eva's life went on, she slowly started to realize that living in the "past will hold her from the future", therefore to prove that point to her viewers, she used the method of dissolved transition throughout her pictures to indicate that she had grown from a fearful girl into a woman who knows her purpose in life and knows where she stand as a human being.

Her tone of voice-over that she had created fits in with the mood of her overall story. Her tone of voice is basic and stable, which gives the listener a sense that she had learned well beyond her years.

Overall, I think that Eva's story was an inspiring one. I really like how she tells it as a learning experience rather then a bad experience that happened to her. I really like her usage of metaphors throughout her pictures. I think that she did a great job in telling her story and to make others see how she had grown over the years. One thing I would suggest about her story is that the length is too long. Her story was about ten minutes long and she added a song at the of her movie. I would suggest that instead of adding a song at the end, somehow incorporate the sound as a soundtrack through the story to make it more powerful.

Mother and Me
By: Betty Owen
Mother and Me Story


In the digital story of "Mother and Me", Betty Owen tells a story of how growing up with a very controlled mother and having the mind set of controlling her own kids to satisfy her wants and need like her mother did to her. Her story also included how age had made her realize that she is just like her mother and how she regret treating her children that way how she was treated growing up. Also with age, she had started to realize her true identity that she was a lesbian and am proud to announce that to the world without the obligation to abide to her mother agreement.

Betty like Eva uses many personal and scenery images to make her point clear. What I really like about how Betty verse Eva is that Betty created a story that respond to the viewers sense of emotion. Betty started out her movie straight away to show "fear". She does a great job by making her images seem like it is a old film that is shaking up and down. The coloring of these images are sepia and black/white to show a sense of fear and uncomfortableness. One of the things that Betty did in her movie that really spark an interest in me was her usage of coloring in her images. She uses many color fading style that just express her personally to her viewers about her feeling, thoughts and idea. I really like how she can express her feeling through colors. 

Over all, I think that Betty story was a good one. I love how she can finally realize the fact that she can identify her true self and stop living in the shadow of her mother. I think her story is an encouraging one to those who still live their lives in hiding from the world, afraid that society would not accepted them. 

Eddie's Story Reviews

The first story I reviewed was "The Wounded are the Best Healers" by Alexxa Goodenough.

         The images were placed well. They drove the story forward. They progressed at a good pace that allowed the audience to follow along, but still kept the story moving forward. It seems that the main point or objective the story is trying to achieve is empathy. It certainly does a good job of that.

The voice over moved at a very slow pace which usually adds to the suspense of the story, but the speaker moved a little slower than necessary. During the story, it tends to drag or drone on too long, making the audience impatient for the next point to come along. And, there is a second voice that was often used for effect, but it over dramatizes things a little bit. The general tone of the video could be improved if, instead of so much drama and depression that it has now, if there was some variety in the story. So the audience can get to know the main character as a person first, and a victim second.

All the image transitions were pretty basic, but still added to the story. Like, with the opening picture as the camera zooms in on the "bad guy's" face, which then fades into the speaker as an infant. 


And, when the speaker gives details of the abuse, there is a lot of fading and waving with the images which helped blur the audience's attention to concentrate on the story being told by the voice over. Another good example of using the effects well is in the sequence where the speaker is discussing the many homes and social workers she encountered, there is a quick succession of pictures of the various homes she lived in. It helps drive the point home of how drastic and fast paced the changes in her life must have been.

I also appreciated the positive ending, the theme of retaking control of one's life. The majority of the video was so dramatic, the change in theme at the end is greatly appreciated.

The second story I reviewed was "Growing Up Hmong American" by Alex Vang.

The voice over was very good. The voice was natural, and well paced. I appreciated the beginning with a close up of the main character, and how the camera pans out to an extra long shot to establish and contextualize his life amongst his whole family.

The concepts of the story moved along a little too fast at first. So many facts could be interspersed with more pictures. It would be nice if such drastic changes in ideas that the voiceover was discussing could accompany some kind of change in the image. The gradual advancement in his understanding of himself and his family was very interesting and well delivered by the voiceover, but the images could have been tweaked to compliment it better.

I liked how during the "lack of Hmong role model" part it began with a single bust shot of the main character, and how it then faded to the words to emphasize the lack of role models in his life. The text color of white text on a black background helps the audience to focus and emphasizes the drama of the speaker's message too.

Some of the pictures were repeated, which seemed unnecessary. There were some interesting facts in the voice over about when the speaker began learning about his own Hmong culture and heritage. Around this part the speaker could have included some images that represent or communicate aspects of that culture, and what the speaker learned in that time.

It seemed like the filmmaker was relying heavily on pictures from his own life without opening up to the possibility of different creative images. Throughout the whole presentation, there are a lot of "concepts" that could have been creatively represented by different images.


I like the pictures towards the end of the graduation ceremony as he discussed the cultural distance between himself and that of the rest of the Hmong community. Although subtle, the pictures helped to communicate the way he must occupy the different worlds. Overall, I enjoyed his delivery and explanation of his life story very much.

Digital Story Analysis Category


     The video above has very nice images and soundtracks about being an teenager. I think the creator of this video has some emotions about his life and his family that gives him the courage to make this wonderful video. I belief the purpose of this video is the expression that he, the creator, wants to show to us about his happiness. 

     I belief this story is about how important it is to trust in yourself to have positive emotions. I liked how he had pictures of the family and how he say that he couldn't imagine himself without them, reason being that I liked that because we are similar. Without my family or friends I can't even imagine where I would be right now too. What he had said just putted an huge impact on the viewer, but I think the creator could of done better by showing how much he cares about the family, or something like that. What he had said is the truth.

     The forms that the creator used were photographs of his family, friends, and some environmental locations. Another form that he used were music that is used to claim the watcher. And I like how the creator of the video speaks with his truthfulness when it gets to the family photo.


     I belief the video above is showing us that we have to use our resources in a useful way, such as helping others instead of just wasting it on some kind of war like the war with the Japan. By not doing this we have putted an huge impact own our own country.

     The content of this story is about how we are wasting important resources, in which we have to be very careful about it when it comes to scarcity. Also during the Wars with Japan and the occur of 9/11 there have been a depression and starvation that have occurred. In the video she said, "When we help others, we benefit ourselves". I think what she meant is that we are just making ourselves proud of us only and that we aren't helping out much.
     The forms that she made were pictures starvation people and compared them to people who has resources, also the ones with the resources aren't using the resources wisely. She putted some pictures at the Japan war and the 9/11 attack that has putted an huge impact on us. I like how the creator of the video wants to show us that we have to use our resources very wisely instead of wasting them for no purpose.

What makes a good story?

Read about stories on iRoom Stories, browse the list of links on the RIGHT SIDEBAR of this blog, and see Lambert’s suggested links (appendix in your Digital Storytelling book).

For this assignment, view digital stories, considering the CONTEXT, CONTENT and FORM of each story.

Post a short analysis of two digital stories (favorites or least favorites). For each post an image (and/or pull image grabs of your favorite images), and link to the original piece.

For each write a short reflection (about 125-250 words) for each piece you’ve selected.


1- the context [where the story was created, or anything you know about the maker, if there is text that tells you info posted with the video, where it was created (workshop)]

2- the content[what the story is about, theme, thesis, moral…]

3- the form of the piece [what forms of media used, how the piece is edited, etc]

4 - why this is a “good” story (read: why/how this piece engages you, draws you in, why you like it…)

!!! Post in Category 2. Digital Story Analysis by 8am on Thursday, June 25 !!!

Here are examples from my former students: DS in Communities of Color and We Media