A client recently told me a story about climbing Mount Olympus in Greece. When he started the story, I anticipated hearing details about the challenging terrain, the gorgeous views, the pilgrimage up the majestic mountain of ancient Greek mythology.
Instead I heard a hilarious story about the food he ate at the hiker's hut on the mountain. Stories about keeping a watchful eye on a struggling fellow hiker, and a magical moment they experienced together, meeting a goat herder on the trail playing a silver clarinet.
It was a magical moment for me too, hearing the story of his Mount Olympus climb from so many years ago. I am grateful.
One glimpse and we’re transported in time.
UK Documentary filmmaker Greg Ward set up his camera in a quiet location and asked people to hold one of their school portraits and talk about themselves in the past, present and future.
Simple unscripted methods of storytelling.
I think this technique would work great at a class reunion, a family reunion or even a business retreat setting. It's an affordable approach, a great way to tell the stories of a group of people.
Creating video memoirs can be as simple as recording someone’s voice while they page through a photo album.
I used this technique with my brother in-law Chris when I saw him in August last year. I set up my microphone and prepared myself to hear a great story about his memories of being a kid from New York City, picking apples with his cousins in Pennsylvania.
Funny. The story I got didn't match the photo we started with. He said he didn't really remember much about picking apples, but he sure remembered his unhappiness at a party he went to that same weekend. As I listened, I learned about what his life was like as a teenager in 1969. I learned he was independent at a young age. I listened to his voice and better understood his values, his personality and sense of humor. He drew me in.
Tragically, Chris died after a brief illness recently and I can’t bring myself to listen to the audio recording right now. Not yet. But I will. And I will share it with our family, his grandchildren, niece and nephews.
I’m so grateful I recorded his voice in August. We will treasure hearing it again when we’re steady enough to listen.
Producer Audrey Robinson Favorito explores the craft of digital storytelling