How to Use this Guide
This guide is written so that you (a Facilitator within your organisation) can take the Our Story process and apply it to your context. We have made a few assumptions about the configuration of your context to make the guide easier to understand:
- We assume that you are part of an organisation/group wanting to capture video from a community with which you have direct access.
- We assume that you do not have professional video or production experience.
- We assume that you have a set of themes (criteria) to which you want the community to express their voice.
Watch out for the following flyouts for more information:
Throughout this guide, the following terminology will be used:
|Facilitator||A member of the organisation who is running the Our Story process, and has been trained in the use of Our Story tools and materials.|
|Deployment||A field-visit with Our Story lasting ~5 days to a single community.|
|Shoot||A single instance of Our Story being used in a single deployment context. Shoots are managed from the Dashboard.|
|Story||The resulting video created at the end of the process. Shoots usually produce 4-5 Stories, one from each group and one from the community as a whole.|
|Participant||A member of the community who is engaged in the Our Story process.|
|Volunteer||A member of the community or local organisation who is transiantly assisting the facilitator in the field.|
|Dashboard||The application (website) used to control various aspects of the digital Our Story process.|
|Group||A group of participants who are engaged in the process as a team, usually within a demographic (i.e. Elderly).|
Field Materials Required
If field materials are required for an activity (e.g. tablets, cards) these will be indicated here.
- Card Deck
At some points in the process, there are actions that need to be performed by you as the lead facilitator.
We indicate throughout which Our Story tools are required to complete a step in the process using the following icons.
At various points in the Our Story process, we support the use of various different methodologies to complete a stage. These are clearly marked with the following:
How you decide to apply some steps in the process are dependent on your particular context. These will be indicated in boxes like this.
Field Time Advice
The following item helps guide how long each stage in the process should take, or at least how much time we advise you should leave to give groups appropriate time to complete each task.
The title above demonstrates the time guide.
If you are responsible for training others in performing aspects of the Our Story process, these additional materials are available.