Roots with Wings, a Floyd County Place-Based Education Project:: Intergenerational Connections

Floyd Story Center

Since 1998, a community oral history collection partnership of the Old Church Gallery, Ltd., Radford University’s Center for Social and Cultural Research, Honors Program, Scholar-Citizen Initiative, Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center, and Floyd County High School. Our archives now hold over 100 interviews.

In our Roots with Wings project, college mentors, high school staff, and community volunteers meet weekly during the school year to teach the discipline of oral history collection to Floyd County High School students.

Students learn ethical, methodologically sound interview techniques, practice and complete several interviews, transcribe the audiotapes, create searchable content logs, archive interviewee resources and period photographs, learn the technology of audio and video recording, research historical backgrounds, acquire proficiency in iMovie and storytelling, and finally extract a theme from an hour long interview to create a seven minute movie production.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Archeologist Finds Pink Artifact

A filmmaker is a storyteller, is an artist, is an archeologist.  

We search, sift, and salvage slices of life then stitch them into a story.  Last week students tackled the nitty-gritty:  what's a story anyway?  There are two main things to think about when building a story.  A film is a composed work of art and needs what many works of art need:  unity, rhythm, and balance.  Keeping these concepts in mind will help students build story works of art.

Catherine's pink artifact tower demonstrates key composition concepts used to build a story.

The other ingredient in making a story is theme. A theme can be stated as an assertion:  My smartphone is stupid.  It's what drives and unifies the story.  Dr. Wagner led an archeological exploration of an assertion involving a well-known fast-food place.  Students brainstormed and listed all evidence that made our assertion true.  

Kathleen then led the construction phase:  each piece of evidence, or artifact, translates into a film clip.  These can be arranged on a storyboard to illustrate and plan your story.


FCHS student Lacy collects her artifacts for storyboarding.

Finding theme is the most difficult part of a filmmaker's work, but it's also the most exciting.  We get to unify a bunch of artifacts, balancing them just so, and find the rhythm they combine to make a story.

See you next week!

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