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Digital Storytelling Studio

The DSSlocated in Moon 014

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Who We Are

ESF's Digital Storytelling Studio (DSS) offers free digital storytelling services to both students and faculty.

Our aim is to help identify the most dynamic ways to tell a digital story, and to provide technical assistance and storytelling consultation to visitors as they develop projects. At the DSS, we loan audio and visual equipment to support projects such as podcasts, short films, videos, photomontages, storymaps, and other hybrid digital mediums. The studio also serves as a space where students can work on digital projects, and is equipped with four computers and the appropriate editing software.

We believe that exploring the digital elements of scientific storytelling can help amplify the importance of the work that ESF is doing. By examining and capturing everything from a case study to a microscopic exploration of fungi, we will work with visitors to add to the significance of academic projects and community-collaborative endeavors.

What is the DSS?

Our aim is to help identify the most dynamic ways to tell a digital story, and to provide individualized technical assistance and storytelling consultation to visitors as they develop projects such as podcasts, short films, videos, photomontages, story maps, and other hybrid digital mediums.

At the DSS, we loan audio and visual equipment to support digital projects. The studio also serves as a space where students can work on digital projects, and is equipped with four computers and the appropriate editing software.

For student or faculty inquiries, contact Tyler Dorholt (tfdorhol@esf.edu)

Hours

The DSS is currently located in Moon Library, 014. We will be open during the fall of 2020 but the hours will vary. Please inquire ahead of time about renting equipment and using the editing software (tfdorhol@esf.edu).

Monday

  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday

  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday

  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday

  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday

  • by appointment

DSS Equipment

Access to Equipment

  • Students checking out equipment must be enrolled in an ESF class
  • Items checked out from the DSS are on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • You can make an equipment reservation, or simply come in to the DSS to check something out
  • Staff is available to teach you how to use any equipment you are unfamiliar with

Available equipment

  • Canon DSLR cameras for user friendly video and still frame photography
  • Yeti Mic for high quality recordings made directly on your computer
  • Tascam dual mic, portable digital recorder with 4-channel recording, for interviews with clean, consistent audio
  • GoPros for photos and video footage on the go and even under water
  • iPads to record footage or access online resources
  • Accessories including tripods, lenses, a lighting kit, green screen, and much more! Come into the DSS to see all that we have available.

DSS Tutorial videos

Equipment tutorials

The DSS staff has created tutorial videos that teach students how to use our most popular equipment.

We have also curated a number of videos that can teach you more about the equipment and editing software, available in the DSS.

Planet Forward Storyfest

Each year, Planet Forward at George Washington University hosts Storyfest, which welcomes college students from across the country to tell their own stories about environmental challenges and solutions. The DSS will be working to encourage and enable students to enter Storyfest 2021, and beyond. Whether you want to write, capture photography or footage, or create your own audio story, we can help you do it in the DSS. Contact Tyler Dorholt at tfdorhol@esf.edu if you'd like to learn more

In celebration of each of the stories our students told for Storyfest 2020, the Digital Storytelling Studio (DSS) has produced a video highlighting all of the entries.

DSS events

The DSS periodically hosts events on campus to share digital stories with the ESF community. In November of 2019, we hosted a screening of The River and the Wall featuring a Q&A with the ornithologist from the film, Heather Mackey.

The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.

Tyler Dorholt sat down to speak with Heather about her experience. Listen to that conversation here:

ESF Podcast Acorner

To listen to the podcast, created and produced by ESF students and staff in the DSS, visit this webpage: https://www.esf.edu/podcast/.