Now you have researched and gathered your material comes the really creative part of your project: bringing it all together. There are a range of different skillsets relevant to whichever format you are choosing to share your hidden history, and on this page, we link to some useful tools and tips for putting your story together.
Key questions your Hidden History response should address:
- What was the conflict?
- How were the people in your story affected?
- How did others view them?
- How is this relevant today?
- Are there similar situations in Wales or the wider world, or things we could learn from the past?
You may find that you need to circle back and record some more material; not every project is linear!
Top Tips for all projects:
- Keep it Short! More people will read/listen to/watch it. Before you start, how would you summarise the point of your story as a) a tweet (140 characters); b) a sentence; c) a paragraph (3-4 sentences)? You may find that you need to streamline your research and leave some of it out for now. This can always be used for future projects!
- From the research you did, list the key historical points that will form the backdrop to your story – key dates / national events, political climate, public attitudes.
- From the materials you have gathered, list the 10-15 best / most interesting recordings or findings to build your story around – and identify gaps you might need to fill with additional material.
- Create a storyboard, with a clear beginning, middle and end. No matter what media you’re writing, this can be invaluable for helping organise your train of thought! You can use our template to help you, if you want.
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Think about the editing skillsets most useful to your chosen format, and what you are going to produce individually or as a group. Remember that we have a page of examples that you can refer to.
Research Essay or Assignment
Research and study projects have specific objectives. If you’re producing this for school, you should clarify the criteria with your teacher or tutor – from GCSE essays, Welsh Bacc assignments to literature reviews and dissertations, each have their own conventions.
Storyboard for Digital Media
If you are producing a digital story or short film using photographs, video or audio content, you will need to plot your material onto a ‘story board’.
Audio or Performance Script
Usually a short audio interview set to pictures and words, traditional ‘digital storytelling’ is usually participatory – ie the subject of the story is involved in creating it. You would interview them, work with them to find images to illustrate their story, and then put the piece together with their involvement so they feel ‘ownership’ of the finished result.
Vlogs and Short Film Features
There are many other approaches to creating and sharing video stories digitally. For big projects, you can request a digital media workshop/training session through WCIA. Software to edit your video can be found on the next page.
Animation / Cartoons
Interview Journalism for Audio / Video Broadcast
Interview like a news reporter! Great for gathering opinions on current Peace issues.
Creative Writing, Music and Poetry
There are many approaches to creative writing, especially with Wales’ long traditions of poetry and music! These resources offer some ‘starting tips’ for how you might translate your hidden history into words that inspire and move people’s hearts.
Interpretation for Display
If you are producing a photographic or art display, sculpture or portfolio, you will need to find an appropriate method for planning your work and then interpreting it to others.
Classic Slideshow / Presentation
Most computers come with pre-installed presentation software, or if not you can download open-source versions. Usually best for giving a talk to an audience, though can be set up for web presentations. Top tip: use some strong images, avoid too much text!
Prezi (Animated Presentation)
Prezi is a tool that enables you to create a more interactive ‘presentation’ by dragging and dropping images / documents etc into a wide range of funky design templates. You can ‘zoom’ in and out and move around pages, and you can record a commentary over the top to export as a ‘Movie Clip’.
View a Wales for Peace Prezi