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Digital Storytelling Studio

The DSS105 Marshall Hall

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Who We Are

  • Dr. Benette Whitmore (Chair, Department of Environmental Studies)
  • Tyler Flynn Dorholt (Visiting Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the DSS)
  • Chloe Coffman (Instructional Support Associate)
  • Saahi Uppalapati (Graduate Assistant, Dept. of Environmental Studies)

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.

ESF's Digital Storytelling Studio (DSS) offers free 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.


Hours (Drop Ins Welcome)105 Marshall Hall

We are generally open during the hours below and you are welcome to drop in at any of these times.


  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


  • by appointment

Hours of operation are also posted outside the Digital Storytelling Studio, 105 Marshall.

DSS Equipment

Access to DSS Equipment

  • Students checking out equipment must be enrolled in an ESF class.
  • Equipment provided through the ESF Digital Storytelling Studio is for ESF Academic purposes. Use of equipment for outside of this is a violation of the terms of use, and will result in the revocation of the borrower's privileges.

Equipment Requests & Reservations

  • Items checked out from the ESF Digital Storytelling Studio are on a first come first serve basis.
  • Equipment requests can be made up to two weeks in advance.
  • Equipment requests will become a Reservation when the equipment requested is available.  An email confirmation will be sent to the borrower when the equipment is ready for pickup.
  • Any reservation not picked up within one hour of scheduled pick up time will be canceled.
  • There is a 24-hour wait period between reservations to ensure access to all students.

What the Digital Storytelling Studio Offers

Individualized support for students creating compelling stories on environmental concerns using videos, podcasts, infographics, and storymaps.


  • 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.


The Right Gear and Know-How Needed to Build Vibrant Stories for Diverse Audiences

  • SD Cards (32GB)
  • Universal Fur Windscreen
  • Samson SR360 Stereo Headphones
  • Mini table Tripod
  • Travel Quick Battery Charger
  • 3.5 mm auxiliary cable (6ft)
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Boya DSLR Camera Isolation Mount
  • AC/DC Turbo Travel Charger
  • Digitial Filter Kit
    • UV Filter
    • Circular polarizer filter
    • Fluorescent filter
  • Neever Diffuser for CN-160
  • LED Light (x3) Tascam
  • TH-02 Studio Headphones
  • iPad minis
  • GoPros
    • Various mounts and chassis
  • AC/DC Turbo Travel Charger
  • Digitial Filter Kit
    • UV Filter
    • Circular polarizer filter
    • Fluorescent filter
    • 2.2x Telephoto lens
    • Ultimax 50” Tripod
    • .43x HD Wide Angle Lens
    • 58mm 4 piece Macro Close Up lenses
      • +1 Diopter Filter
      • +2 Diopter Filter
      • +4 Diopter Filter
      • +10 Diopter Filter
  • Digital Slave Flash (x2)
    • Flash Bracket
  • Videonomic Rode Mic for mounting on DSLR
  • LED Video Lights (x3)
  • Batter pack charger
  • 7.2v 2600 mAh rechargeable batteries (x3)
  • iRig Pre Mobile Mic Interface
  • Tascam Linear PCM recorder DR-40
  • Tascam Stereo microphone for DSLR TM-2X
    • Recorder
    • Furry Windscreen
    • Noise Isolation arm
  • Chromakey Green Screen Lighting Kit
    • Green Screen
    • Umbrella diffuser (x2)
    • Background Stand (x2)
    • Lighting Stand (x2)

And more! Come visit us to see our full outfit.

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.