ENGH 412: Topics in Folklore Studies

ENGH 412-003: Digital Storytelling
(Fall 2024)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR

Music Theater Building 1004

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Section Information for Fall 2024

ENGH 412 - 003: Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling (DTS) is a interdisciplinary field that utilizes traditional narrative storytelling with photographs, video, animation, sound, music, text, and a narrative voice to produce multimedia narratives. Transmedia storytelling is the practice of designing, sharing, and participating in a cohesive story experience across multiple traditional and digital delivery platforms--for entertainment, advertising and marketing, or social change.

Because this is a folklore course, DTS will emphasize the art and craft of the storytelling process and traditional storytelling techniques (narrative form, 3-Act Structure, performance) and conventional ethnographic collection techniques. We will consider how stories transform from conventional face-to-face interactions to audio and video presentations. You will work individually and collaboratively to produce your own digital stories (film and podcast).

DTS has a variety of applications, including presentations, video resumes, book trailers, and personal documentaries. This course is designed for creative professionals, students, or anyone interested in gaining an ‘inside’ understanding of leading industry storytelling practices in contemporary culture using digital and emerging technologies. If you have a great story idea for entertainment, marketing or social change and want to learn how to develop it into an engaging multi-platform narrative experience that you can share with the world, then this is the course for you.

This course will help you to design a strategy for developing and telling your own transmedia story. By completing the course, you will learn about what it takes to:

  • Shape your ideas into compelling and well-structured narratives and complex storyworlds
  • Identify, understand, and engage different audiences in your stories
  • Create cohesive user experiences across different platforms
  • Evaluate existing and emerging technologies to share your story with the world, and help your audience participate in the larger storyworld you create

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Exploration of various aspects of folklore and folklife such as folklore and literature, folk arts, folk song, and material culture. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different with permission of department. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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