While this form of communication has increased in both popularity and necessity, Digital Storytelling is not a recent addition to the ways in which we share experiences and information. Going back as far as 1990, Ken Burns
is considered by many to be the originator of the first “digital story” with his series on the Civil War
. Ken’s groundbreaking technique of panning and zooming through still images is still a common method for showing photographs in videos and is referred to as the Ken Burns Effect
As technology became easier to use, more accessible and affordable over the last 3 decades, the ability to tell compelling stories in a digital format, using a variety of media (text, voice, audio, video, images, animation) has become a prominent, almost ubiquitous form of storytelling.
As important - if not more so - was the growing expectation of the viewing public - content consumers - for more sophisticated and engaging storytelling, even if subconsciously.
Over time, and thanks to the efforts of organizations like the Center for Digital Storytelling
, this style of storytelling has become more formalized, with certain guiding principles, chief among them is that digital stories are short (2-4 minutes as a film or video) and incorporate multiple digital media sources, such as narration, still images, video clips, animation, text and music.