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.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Movie-Making Magic

Students & Mentors Create Movies to Preserve Interviews

The past few classes have consisted of experimentation with iMovie and our movie-making skills. This has proved both tricky and rewarding. We have been very thankful to have our technology students to help us work out the kinks throughout the process!

The movies will be the finished products of all our hard work throughout the semester. They will showcase different aspects of the interviews we conducted on March 23rd and will serve as a visual preservation of our interviewee's stories.

Student groups are making two different types of movies. Talkie-style movies will highlight conversation from the interview video and Ken Burns-style movies will include voiceover from the students and a collage of pictures helping to support the theme of the movie. This process has included making storyboards, highlighting, and marking up transcripts and nailing down a theme for the movie to develop and grow from.

The movie-making process is complex--video, still photos, voiceovers, music, credits, titles, transitions--but well worth the time we take to complete them! Mentors and FCHS students collaborating together ensure that the interviewees' stories are preserved for their enjoyment, their families' delight, and even to possibly be used for different educational purposes around the world if made available in online databases.  It is such an honor to participate in active oral history recording and in safekeeping stories for future generations.



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