Class Descriptions

WebDocs: Interactive Storytelling Workshop  on 16-17 January 2016 at Goldsmiths, University of London is designed, so you can spend one day learning how to use Klynt, off-the-shelf interactive storytelling software; and another day learning the basics of Photoshop, audio and video editing for the web. As well as digitising your audio and video.

The course will cover all the basics you will need to start making your own interactives. You will leave equipped with the working knowledge of the basic software required.

All software, with the exception of Photoshop, is free to download. You will need to bring your own laptop to the course with all the software downloaded in advance. Technical requirements to follow shortly.

Below you will see class descriptions for:

Introduction to Photoshop
Introduction to Audio Editing
Introduction to Video Editing
WebDocs: an Introduction
Case Study: Disaster Resiliance Journal

Klynt Course outline:
No prior knowledge of Klynt is nessesary. 

Basic features:
  • Brief introduction to Klynt: what is it? Who created it?
  • Quick overview of some projects made with Klynt, focusing on journalism projects. (You can already take a look at the Klynt projects gallery).
  • Modelling non-linear storytelling 
  • Media compression
  • Building a mini-project with a few sequences: step by step multimedia editing (photo, text and sound, then video), introducing automatic links and buttons, how to use the storyboard to build story architecture, give interactive properties to media in the editor 
  • Overlay feature: create a sequence over a sequence: interactivity within a sequence, adding information layers
  • Text and button styles
Advanced features:
  • Iframe feature: examples of iframe integration: online video, soundcloud file, prezi, slideshare presentation, datavisualization infographics, etc.
  • Web video feature: mash up youtube videos
  • Sync master feature: synchronize a sequence with one audio or video media
  • Seek feature: navigate in the time line
  • Geolocation with integrated google maps
  • Footer customisation
  • Brief overview of the open source code for possible collaboration with developers- publishing a Klynt project on the web: how it works, what you need to know.


Introduction to Editing with Photoshop
An image editing session for beginners.

Using Adobe Photoshop you will learn the basics of preparing images for publication: 

  • Sizing and cropping images
  • Colour balance
  • Cleaning
  • Sharpening
  • Saving 
It will be a practical, hands-on session so you will need Photoshop. Although the teaching is Photoshop, the principles apply to other, free software. Images will be provided. 
Introduction to Audio Editing
An audio editing session for beginners.  
Using the free editing software, Audacity, you will learn the basics of audio editing:
How to load an audio file
How to edit the audio (remove fluffs and fade in/out)
How to add sound effects/music to speech track
How to save audio both as a wav and as an mp3.  
It will be a practical, hands-on session so before attending you will need to download Audacity and LAME onto your laptop (instructions will be sent out before the training).  Audio clips and headphones will be provided.  
Introduction to Video Editing
Using iMovie and Windows Movie Maker
Both on Apple and Windows operating systems
At the end of the course you will understand basic terminology for editing. Edit a basic video, and export the final video for delivery.
  • Top and tail video clips
  • Edit them on the timeline
  • Using establishing shots (to give perspective of where you are)
  • Using cutaways/B-roll (to cover jump-cuts - mistakes)
  • How to use lower-third - captions – name-tags
WebDocs: An Introduction
This is an introductory class which will explain the concept of an interactive documentary (i-Doc) and how they can change the way journalists tell stories to their audiences through direct engagement with their work. As an emerging genre, i-Docs (also known as WebDocs) are by no means a set format and give journalists and filmmakers the scope for experimentation. Participants will have a chance to view noteworthy examples of successful interactive projects.
Case Study: Disaster Resiliance Journal
How do you mobilise people for a cause that normally doesn’t get much attention and for a topic that concerns only a few?
Virginie Louis will take you through the Disaster Resilience Journal and the building-up of this journey telling resilient people’s tales from around the globe.
For six weeks, through the deployment of an advent like calendar and in a progressive cycle of stories, combining all digital tools available to us, we told tales of resilient people following 3 aspects of what it takes to build communities' resilience: to inform, prepare and become resilient.
It is an excellent example of interactive and immersive storytelling, showing different ways of engaging with the audience.