Talking Digital Storytelling with Ames, Harley, and Courtney (on KairosCast)

May 24, 2015

First, thanks to these folks: Harley Ferris. Courtney Danforth. Ames Hawkins. I recently had the honor of helping out my friends Harley Ferris and Courtney Danforth with a recent KairosCast episode (No. 5) about digital storytelling. What a blast. Ames and I are always looking for feedback or ideas about our class, so if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or resources to share, we would love to hear about them….


An Audio Review of the Focusrite iTrack Solo Audio Interface for the iPad
March 28, 2014

This is just an audio version of a review of the Focusrite iTrack that I produced for the Center for Digital Storytelling. I’m just getting started with these tech reviews. I want to make sure to give a big shout-out to my good friend HARLEY FERRIS for producing the soundbeds at the beginning and end of the show! Production Notes… Microphone: Rode Procaster, via XLR into a Focusrite iTrack Solo,…


Reconsidering Jenkins’ Transmedia Storytelling
March 26, 2014

I first encountered the idea of “transmedia storytelling” in Henry Jenkins’ Convergence Culture. Using the phenomenon that was The Matrix trilogy of movies, he suggests that the film was marketed in a groundbreaking and particularly effective way: A transmedia story unfolds across multiple media platforms, with each new text making a distinctive and valuable contribution to the whole. In the ideal form of transmedia storytelling, each medium does what it…


“Seeing Her Right Back” – a flash fiction digital story

I’m still working to keep this summer’s storytelling moment. This week, I contributed this story to the “BackStory” project from the Center for Digital Storytelling. I’m also still experimenting with circulation across multiple platforms. Below are embeds from my four primary services at the moment: YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Cowbird. (I’ve also decided that Flickr will be my primary source for sharing images.) Seeing Her Right Back from Trauman on Vimeo.

July 28, 2013

“Clues to a great story” Notes on Andrew Stanton’s TedTalk

(from “Andrew Stanton (born December 3, 1965) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor based at Pixar Animation Studios. His film work includes writing and directing Pixar’s A Bug’s Life (as co-director), Finding Nemo and WALL-E, and his first live-action film, John Carter. He also co-wrote every film of the Toy Story franchise and Monsters, Inc..” So the guy knows how to tell stories. And here he is offering a structure or framework or set of principles to keep in…

June 29, 2013

Small Fists [#DigitalStory]

I put this digital story together in response to a prompt from my friend, Daniel Weinshenker. The constraints: one photo (which he provided, I didn’t get to choose); maximum length = 2 minutes. (Text written before recording. Recorded using an SM58 microphone plugged into an H4n audio recorder. Audio edited in Audacity. Picture edited, panned, combined with music, and exported within iMovie.)

May 22, 2013

The Center for Digital Storytelling – An Appreciation

I spent much of last week in Chicago co-teaching a workshop for the Center for Digital Storytelling hosted at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I’ve co-taught workshops for CDS before, and they never fail to surprise me. I think that’s what I like most about the workshops. Surprise. Discovery. It’s not that CDS re-invents the format every time they teach a workshop. In fact, most of CDS’s…

December 25, 2012

“Holy Cow Lisa” – A Beautiful Digital Story by Bianca Giaever

For all you budding digital storytellers out there. This is the best digital story you’ll watch today, or this week, or this year. Just watch: Holy Cow Lisa from Bianca Giaever on Vimeo. I’ve never met Bianca, but something tells me she’s an amazing person. Someone who knows how to see; someone who knows how to tell. And what not to tell. I hope she finds the peace that she…

December 24, 2012

Some Transmedia Experimentation

This is just a simple post to illustrate my own usage of two great digital media resources: and Here’s a link to a short digital text I posted on Cowbird: “…that kind of vision that diffuses itself.” And here’s an embedded audio recording of the same story via SoundCloud:

November 8, 2012

Friends, Scholars, Businesspeople, lend me your ears: Storytelling beyond the book.

May 3, 2012

by Ryan Trauman   Soon enough, I’m going to really start making a case for power of storytelling practices and narrative theory for getting us to rethink certain parts of scholarship (read: the unassailable tower of logocentrism). But for now, I’m just going to hint at it, and to point you to an excellent blog post (“Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon“) written by Jonathan Gottschall for Gottschall is the…