There are techniques every writer will use when crafting a story, but there are a number of tricks that are completely unique to digital multi media. Because you can tell a story in different ways, there are certain things that have a far greater importance than they would otherwise.
A multi media story is often told in a non-linear format, and combines all kinds of media, from text to photographs to video. When you’re putting one of these stories together, there are a lot of things you’ll need to consider. Keep all these things in mind:
Does Your Story Fit the Multi Media Format
Not all stories work with this type of format. If your story is simple and has a clear beginning, middle, and end, you may be better off telling it in a simple short story. Multi media stories need to be multi dimensional. There needs to be a reason to switch back and forth between different formats.
Does The Multi Media Story Need to Be the Only Story?
If you are part of a news team or writer’s group, you may want to consider creating more than one version of the same story. For example, you could tell a multi media story for the web, then publish a print version of the same story in the newspaper.
Creating a Shell
When you put together a multi media story, you’ll need to create a shell for it — a display page where visitors will click on the different aspects of the story. Make sure you create a shell that’s easy to navigate and matches the tone of your story.
If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be able to tell incredible stories with digital multi media. It provides a lot of unique opportunities.