Visual storytelling methods

2. The ‘wave storyline’

Another technique to create more complex and structured stories is the ‘wave storyline’. You first start by tracking down the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’, and ‘when’. As you approach the crest of the wave, you start addressing the problems and quid-pro-quos. In other words, the interesting, splashy and explosive part of your story. Then you slowly decrease the intensity of your story and maybe begin to offer some insights of where the story is going to go next i.e. a new wave.

Illustration of the 'wave storyline' showing a watercolour painting of a wave with annotations for the different steps

The ‘wave storyline’ offers you a chance to visualise the structure and rhythm of your story. Once you have a story in mind, try to map it onto the wave!

The aim is to encourage creativity and playfulness, so that the process of documenting and sharing your or your communities’ challenges and solutions is fun for both you as the creator and the eventual viewers. Maybe you’ve already seen some of the videos produced by our first project cohort in your gardens, but you will experience how powerful it is to see videos or images of places and situations that you are familiar with from your community food growing initiative and how this can help to engage others.