make up our identity.
Who we are
Where we come from
Where we are going
and. most importantly,
we care about
All stories are told to make
a point and the point of iRoom is to tell a story about who you are using
the contents of your room along with your voice and the voices of your
family and friends.
Points of View
If the point of our iRoom story is to tell something about ourselves,
then it helps to incorporate a point of viewsomething that is emotionally
engagingÉsomething we care deeply about. Things like:
Once you have decided on the iRoom story you wish to tell then
there are several styles that you can use to create it.
1. A story narrated with your voice
In this case you would write a short story and read it or speak it aloud
to the camera. Use the suggested interview techniques, but have someone
else hold the camera or videotape yourself in a mirror.
2. A story with music
This is iRoom MTVa story without words. Choose your favorite piece
of music and shoot lots of shots to edit to the music.
3. A story with interviews
This is a story where different people (including yourself) tell the story
and you illustrate it with lots of shots of the things they are talking
about. Try to keep each interview very short and limit the questions to
three per person.
4. An illustrated story
Write a short iRoom story that you can illustrate with series of drawings
of things in your roomor drawings and other art that you or your
friends have made. Videotape ten seconds of each drawing and then edit
them together with your voice telling the story
Your room has many possibilities for your story. You can tell the story
using lots of individual pictures (details) and also with a wide shot
or pan of everything in the room (the big picture). Everything in your
room says something about you. When you look around try to notice things
Posters: What do they mean to you?
Toys: How do you play with them? Who gave them to you?
Awards: What do they
mean to you? How did you win them?
Scrapbooks & Collections: What are you collecting? Why?
Pictures and Drawings: Did you make them? What inspired them?
Photographs: Who are they? Why do you care about them?
Books & Magazines:
What are you reading? What do you have to read?
Your phone machine:
What messages are on it? What is your message?
Your closet: Full of
surprises? Things you don't use any more?
Your TV/VCR: What tapes
are you watching? Your favorite programs?
Your computer: What
games do you play?
Your favorite Internet sites?
Your stereo or radio:
Your top ten CD's?
Your favorite DJ? Why?
Your bureau: What's
on top? What's in the top drawer?
Your bed: Is it unmade and messy? Is it neat?
Your pockets or purse or
backpack: What's inside? Do we want to know?
The view out the window:
What do you think about when you look out your window?
Friends: What do they
think about you? What do you think about them?
Pets: Are they your
best friends?Are you their best friend?
Your edited iRoom story should be no longer than 2-3 minutes. Think of
it as a short storyeven a poem. Creating a good story idea before
you start to videotape is the most important part of the process. A story
will help you to make the right decisions about what to videotape and
what not to videotape. Being selective with your videotaping will help
you to edit the story more easily.
Examples of stories created with iMovie may be found on the Apple
The Center for Digital Storytelling has a website devoted to storytelling
which includes the "Digital
Storytelling Cookbook" The Cookbook expands on some of the ideas here.
Webreview articles by Derrick Story:
Makes the Scene"
to Edit and Export in iMovie"