The Digital Storytellers Synthesis Project

Tell your research story and its contribution to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a short video clip! The Digital Storytellers synthesis project is now launched and provides information, training, equipment and support for participatory filmmaking.

Before you begin

The Digital Storyteller’s Project is open to any r4d researcher and their partnering institutions.

The intention of the Digital Storytellers Project is to document the r4d projects’ contributions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


For any question get in touch with your filmmaking support at Paititi Lab



  • 28 February 2019: Confirmation of paricipation by submitting Letter of Intent (extended to March 29)
  • 28 February 2019: Submission of technical survey / request for cameras, equipment (extended)
  • from March to december 2019: E-learning / project initiation
  • 20 December 2019: last submission of raw materials for editing

E-Learning Suite

The E-Learning can be taken on a flexible basis. The most relevant item, which you will need to submit before filming is your story grid . If you need preliminary assistance please let us know.

Preparation: Storytelling

We are excited to start the e-learning with the first Preparation and Guiding Documents. Please make sure you send us your first draft of the story grid which is the first assignment.

Session #1 - Filming Principles

Session 1 will focus on how to film a scene. This means how to establish a place, introduce people and look for interesting action. What are angles? What does framing mean? What are the different shot sizes? And how do you prepare a shot list?

Session #2: Getting Ready

Session 2 will focus on how to prepare the actual filming. What are daily routines during the filming? How do you assemble your camera? What is conscious filmmaking? How do you ask for people’s consent?

Session #3: Editing

Session 3 will focus on preparing the editing process, namely introducing the concept of a paper edit and explaining proper logging of raw material.

Credits / E-learning

Concept & Host / Editing: Sonja Schenkel
Camera: Carlotta Holy
Color: Martin Moll