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Oxford Summer School - Power of Storytelling and the World of New Media, 7-14 August 2021, UK

Publish Date: Jan 24, 2021

Deadline: Feb 28, 2021

Event Dates: from Aug 07, 2021 12:00 to Aug 14, 2021 12:00


The Power of Storytelling and the World of New Media


In 1450, the invention of the printing press set off a media revolution. Suddenly the power of the press was in everyone’s hands. What the printing press did for the 15th century – the democratization of information in text, the smartphone is now doing for the 21st century – placing the power of media in everyone’s hands. 

Since the caves of Lascaux, storytelling has been the primary means by which we have both educated and communicated ideas and information.  There is no more powerful tool for storytelling today than the video and internet combination technology now affords.

In this course, participants will learn both the history and the fundamentals of storytelling, from Exodus to Star Wars. They will then learn to use their own phones to create, edit, produce and share powerful stories on their own.

Programme details

Session 1

The Power of Storytelling – from the bible to the present

Session 2

The internet / smart phone technological revolution

Session 3

Basics of shooting and editing – a character driven story

Session 4

Field exercise – shoot story #1

Session 5

The grammar of editing - how to edit and edit your first story

Session 6

Screen story #1 – history of technology of communications 

Session 7

From Gutenberg to Gates – how technology drives culture

Session 8

Advanced shooting and audio on your phone and web

Session 9

Field exercise – shoot story #2

Session 10

How the media creates its own history and bends reality to fit its needs

Session 11

The economics of the media world and editing story #2

Session 12

Final screening and how to share on the internet to maximize impact


Mrs Lisa Lambden

Mr Micheal Rosenblum


For the past 31 years, Lisa Lambden and Michael Rosenblum have been leading the transformation of video & social media worldwide. We have designed and built more than 25 TV networks and stations worldwide, trained more than 50,000 people, taught at Columbia University & NYU. Lisa is a 20 year veteran of The BBC. Our clients in the UK have included but are not limited to The Guardian, The BBC, Sky, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, BFBS and many others.  

Course aims

This course aims to make students video literate, to give them a firm background in the history of media and storytelling and to give them the power to take control of the medium themselves.

Teaching methods

All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.

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