Mobile Storytelling Workshop with Documentally

Christian Payne AKA Documentally – a freelance mobile media maker who also specialises in social technology and connected platforms

Christian Payne AKA Documentally – a freelance mobile media maker who also specialises in social technology and connected platforms

Let me introduce you to Christian Payne. Online, he goes by the name “Documentally”. He is one of the most remarkable people I know.

Christian is a bundle of energy, generosity, courage and curiosity. I sometimes think that if he had a family motto, it would be “Genuine Stories Genuinely Matter”. He seeks them out and he gives them air. Along the way, he is creating a life well lived — one full of remarkable encounters and eye-opening experiences. And he shows no signs of letting up.

His capacity to connect with people and their stories is inspiring. His ability to tell those stories is even more so. Not only is he a gifted communicator, he knows how to wrangle mobile technology and social media platforms to get stories to where they will do some good, reach their audience, affect change, draw attention — be useful.

He’s not shy about sharing how he does it.

Which brings us to the point of this post.

Christian is coming to town

If you want to learn from a genuine practitioner about how to tell your story using social technology, put Monday 22nd September in your diary. That is when Christian will be at the Tyndall Institute in Cork to teach 20 people how to use their smartphones to tell effective stories.

Want to be one of the 20? Click here to find out more: Mobile Storytelling with Documentally.

Want to know more about Documentally first?

He’s easy to find online and on a great many platforms (you wouldn’t expect less). This is a good place to start: Documentally’s blog.

Alternatively, below is an episode of the Behind the Pixels podcast with Christian as the guest.

My role in this

My role isn’t that significant. I’m not teaching the workshop, merely facilitating it. I’ll be there on the day as Christian’s runner and go-fer guy. I’m your first contact here if you want to find out more about the workshop.

In the evening, Christian will be the headline guest at a Smarter Egg event. You’ll be able to find out more about that by engaging with the smartest of eggs, Aodan Enright.

Marketing, Videos

Using Instagram to Market Your Videos

You can do more on Instagram than posting selfies and pictures of the beverage/kid/sunset you happen to have in front of you. It’s a serious marketing tool — especially for visual creatives. It’s a great place to post samples of your work.

I’m not suggesting that you treat your feed exclusively as a portfolio. That would take the social out of the platform. But I do think the occasional placement of new work is a good idea.

If you’re a videographer, why not put 15-second snippets of your latest film on Instagram? You can add a url in the accompanying comment so that your followers can find the full video. Your Instagram post becomes a trailer. (Though the fact that Instagram won’t make the link clickable is a big fail at the moment). Continue reading


Multi-Disciplinary Soup

Disjointed Business Model

© 2014 Roger Overall

Note: There is too much me in this post. Just saying that upfront. You’re better off going straight here: Chris Brogan.

If you’re a creative, you can probably turn your hand to more than one thing. Seems to me, anyway. I’ve yet to meet a creative who couldn’t. You may have one thing you excel at, maybe even two. You probably wouldn’t embarrass yourself in a couple of other arenas either. That’s good thing. It’s also a tricky thing to manage. Continue reading


The Best Coffee Shop in Ireland*

I’m torn.

Should I tell you about this superb coffee place or not?

If I do, you’ll know about my favourite den. You’ll go there. You’ll love it. You’ll sit on my favourite stool and I’ll never be able to get rid of you.

At the same time, I want the wonderful people who run it to succeed. I want the place to do healthy business so that I can go there for many more years. So I shouldn’t keep it to myself. That wouldn’t do them (and by association, me) any good. Continue reading


Put a Time Limit on Your Proposals


Here’s a scenario you’ll recognise.

You’ve put in a proposal (or an estimate or a quote — call it what you will) and you’re waiting to hear back from the client. You wait and you wait and you wait. Silence. Not even an acknowledgement that the proposal has been received. You wait some more. Finally, you’re worn into submission. You contact the client. What happens next varies. The business may happen or it may not. Either way, you’ve had a frustrating wait.

What can we do to avoid this? In fact, let’s go one step further. How can we turn the time between submitting a proposal and receiving (or chasing) an answer to our advantage? Continue reading

Documentary Photography

Looking Back and Changing Your Story

Emily and Doggy in the Window

Little Girl and Doggy in the Window © 2009 Roger Overall

If I am ever sent to a desert island, I hope there will be WiFi. If there isn’t, I’ll include it in one of the three things that I’m allowed to bring with me. Thinking this through, I’ll need a tablet for surfing the web, as well as taking, processing and uploading images. I’ll need a source of power too. That’s my entire list of three things immediately taken care of. No room for chocolate or coffee. Still, it does keep me taking pictures and it opens up a window to the world to see what everyone else is doing in my absence*. Specifically, I could still get my daily fix of The Online Photographer. If I couldn’t, I’m not sure I could survive**.

TOP, as the site is affectionately known among its community, is a gem of a blog. Mike Johnston’s writing is witty, clear, illuminating and wonderful. His personality oozes from its pixels and he has built a loyal and mutually respectful community around his personal brand of photography commentary. His stance is grown-up, considered and thoughtful. His grammar is perfect. He doesn’t use exclamation marks at the end of every third sentence and knows how a semi-colon operates. Most importantly for me, he talks about the kind of photography I like.

I write for TOP every now and then. This is from last week: The Danger of Revisiting Your Work.***

* I think this makes me not a very good candidate for a desert island sojourn.
** Re: the first note: That pretty much clinches it, doesn’t it?
*** I rewrote this paragraph several weeks after it first appeared. I realised that the first iteration was awful “humblebrag” – a phrase I picked up on TOP. Here’s what I published before: “I’m lucky that Mike lets me write for TOP every now and then. It’s a buzz when a submission gets through. He’s an excellent editor and guards against substandard material. I learn a lot when he rejects a piece. Last week, though, he let one through: The Danger of Revisiting Your Work.”

Food Producers

Coca-Cola Journey to Work

Words from the Coca-Cola Journey website:

“Coca-Cola is the most popular and biggest-selling soft drink in history, as well as the best-known brand in the world.

“On May 8, 2011, Coca-Cola celebrated its 125thanniversary (sic). Created in 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia, by Dr. John S. Pemberton, Coca-Cola was first offered as a fountain beverage at Jacob’s Pharmacy by mixingCoca-Cola syrup with carbonated water.

“Coca-Cola was patented in 1887, registered as a trademark in 1893 and by 1895 it was being sold in every state and territory in the United States. In 1899, The Coca-Cola Company began franchised bottling operations in the United States.

“Coca-Cola might owe its origins to the United States, but its popularity has made it truly universal. Today, you can find Coca-Cola in virtually every part of the world.”

Photographs from a recent walk to work:

Coca-Cola branding encountered on my way to work, Cork, Ireland – 25th February, 2014

Coca-Cola branding encountered on my way to work, Cork, Ireland – 25th February, 2014

Behind the Pixels, Podcast

Behind the Pixels – Episode 8 – David Bailey and Vlogging

David Bailey produces great storytelling videos about life in Bosnia. His engaging films are produced using nothing more than a smartphone and a few apps. He likes to keep things simple. He also likes to keep the time he invests in producing films to a minimum.

In this episode of Behind the Pixels, he talks about telling appealing stories using smartphone video. He also gives tips about overcoming self-confidence or notions that your story isn’t worth telling.