Nome green screen storytelling project, 2007

How-to pictorial guide for green screen digital storytelling

Overview. During December 2006, a dedicated team of teachers and 4th grade students from Nome Elementary School (Nome, Alaska) undertook a digital storytelling project under the auspices of the University of Alaska Geography Department's "Stories of Culture and Place" program.

Basic process. Students planned, created, performed and video recorded original stories before an audience in front of a wall that was painted green, which allowed for "chroma key green screen editing" during the editing process. Students created original artwork using paper and crayon, which they "slid behind" their video recorded performances using chroma editing, and collected all of their chroma-edited performances on a DVD. Students did all of the video recording, computer work, and DVD mastering.

What's here? This web site provides a step-by-step pictorial description of the Nome project. The material presented here can also be used as a guide to help you create a green screen digital storytelling project in your school. This pictorial guide consists of PowerPoint slides that were modified to be presented on the web. Feel free to download the original PowerPoint presentation and use it to help you develop your own activities.

Other helpful resources Other resources you might find helpful include:

  • Stories of Culture and Place. This handout provides an overview of the UA Geography program, Stories of Culture and Place, that supports this Nome project as well as other green screen storytelling. It also discusses technical considerations and provides details for doing a green screen project within a school environment.

  • Digital storytelling, in 3 parts. This resources provides discusses and provides detail about 1) why digital storytelling is important to education, 2) how to create effective stories, and 3) the technology and techniques of digital storytelling.