Facilitator notes:

In this workshop participants learn storytelling using video. Preparing to shoot a video, shooting the video and editing it are all lengthy processes that can take many hours. If possible, hold this workshop over a whole day, with breaks between the different activities. Make sure that you are familiar with video shooting and editing, as both of these activities can be difficult for people who have never tried them before. If you are not familiar with these activities, invite someone who is available for consultation and advice to join the workshop.

The videos created by the groups will be shared on social media sites.


1. Ask the participants to form groups of three to four people.

2. Explain that their first task is to decide on a story. They will then have to prepare for shooting the video together. The story is planned out on a storyboard, which is a detailed plan for how the video will be shot. It shows all the scenes in the video, together with notes on what happens in each of the scenes. It looks like a cartoon description of the video.

3. The story should either relate to one of, or all of, the participants’ lives. The story has to be created and shared in ethically appropriate ways. When complete, the video should not be more than about three minutes long.

4. Give the groups about 20 minutes to discuss what story they are going to tell. Ask them to think of: 

     •    What is the story they want to tell?
     •    What is the aim of telling this story? Is it for entertainment? To raise awareness of a particular issue? To engage in public debate on a current topic (civic journalism)?
     •    Who is the target group for the story (for example, what age group, gender, etc.)?
     •    Where will they shoot the video?
     •    Who and what will be in the different scenes?
     •    How long will the story be?
     •    Will they use photos or drawings?
     •    Will they share it by posting it once or several times over a period of time?
     •    What is their aim in posting it? How will they know if it is a successful post?
     •    What programmes or applications do they need for editing the video? 

The groups need to consider all of this before they start on the project.

5. When all the groups have agreed on what story they want to tell, ask them to share this in plenary. Ask the other participants to give their feedback on one another’s plans, remembering to include ethical considerations.

6. Now give the groups about 20 minutes to work on their storyboard.

7. Video shooting

When the groups are ready, give them between two to three hours to go out into the local community to shoot the footage for their videos. Make sure that they have video-recording equipment that will be compatible with the editing software available on the computer.

8. When they return from shooting the video, ask them all to sit in a circle to reflect on the shooting process, before they start editing. Ask them the following questions:

     •    How did the video recording go?
     •    Did you find anything challenging?
     •    Did you manage to get all the recording done that you needed?
     •    Do you feel comfortable and able to edit the videos

9. Editing

The participants should now edit their videos, using editing software/applications that are easy to use. Explain that editing can be a difficult task that requires a lot of patience. They will have to look through all their video footage, and decide as a group which clips are the most useful for their story. Remind them to ask for your help if they get stuck.

10. Give the participants between two to three hours to edit their videos.

11. When all groups have completed their editing, set up a projector with speakers, and give each group in turn the opportunity to show their videos to the whole group. Ask the other groups to give feedback on the videos, with positive ideas for how the videos could be improved.

12. If time permits, give the groups a final opportunity to improve their videos.

13. When all the videos are ready, post them on the social media site the groups have chosen.

14. End the workshop by asking the participants to sit in a circle and to reflect on this process. You can ask the following questions:

     •    How did the entire process of making this video go?
     •    What did you find challenging?
     •    What was the best thing about this experience?
     •    What would you do differently to improve this process in the future?