Storytelling

Love, Money And Betrayal Make For Great Storytelling In 'The Heirs'

You've seen <i>The Royal Tenenbaums</i>, right? I love that movie. It's Wes Anderson at maybe his third-most Wes Anderson-iest, telling the tale of a family of geniuses that live, grow, shatter and die in a magical version of New York City. It begins with a book being laid down and opened to page one: …

Books

Be a Story Weaver - NOT a Story Mechanic

Too many writers fall into the trap of making Structure their Story God. There's no denying that structure is important, but paying too much …

Writing

Are You Telling A Story Or An Anecdote?

No, it’s not just you. You’re not just imagining that half the blogs and books you’ve read in the last few years have urged you to learn to tell a great story. Here’s why.<p>Stories make things stick. Professional speakers, CEOs, entertainers, trainers, and leaders have learned that data, marketing …

The evolution of client storytelling

This sounds like a grandiose claim but we’ve never lived in a more ‘visual’ way than we do now. Apps like Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook have …

Start to Finish

Warning: Are You at Risk of a Story Collapse?

Show of hands: Has this ever happened to you?<p>You are jamming away at your latest story.<p>Words are flowing. Characters come to life.<p>The realm you’ve …

Writing

It's What's Inside That Counts: The Value of Storytelling in Internal Communications

Like all freelance writers, I have days where I run head first into a giant creative wall. Conceiving of and pitching new ideas is one of the most …

Content Marketing

Storyframes before wireframes: starting designs in the text editor

Browsing through a well-crafted interface is like reading a great story (or flipping through a great comic book). As designers, why are we not …

Text Editors

10 Yesteryear Classics That’ll Remind You Of A Time When Hindi Films Were Truly Progressive

<b>More often than not, film lovers find themselves disappointed every time they step out of a theatre.</b> While they say that films are for entertainment, …

'What's the Story?' series to focus on storytelling craft

For some time, the marketing industry has been enamored with the term “storytelling”. Though noble in its pursuit of calling advertising something …

Tribeca Film Festival

4 Principles to Storytelling with Videos

Stories are the most engaging content type for customers. Using strategies like emotional appeal, a timeline, and clever choice of words, stories are …

Video Marketing

Six Stories, Twice Retold

At the 57th Venice Biennale's South African Pavilion, Candice Breitz offers a set of stories, ones we're perhaps less inclined to listen to than we'd …

Venice Biennale

‘The Leftovers’ Is the Best Show on Television Because It’s Breaking the First Rule of Storytelling

Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, and Mimi Leder explain how breaking a cardinal rule of TV writing led to some of the best scenes in Season 3.<p>“Wouldn’t …

TV

6 Content Engagement Techniques to Prove Readers Can't Be "Hooked"

Not long ago, brands “hooked” audiences by asking melodramatic questions like, “Are you tired of trying to juggle your remote control, salty snacks, …

Content Marketing

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<b>Maxine Mawhinney</b> was a presenter on BBC World TV the night that Princess Diana died. Here are her storytelling tips:<p><b>Finding stories</b><p>Stories are everywhere<br>• It comes down to your mind-set and curiosity<br>• Can you pitch your story in one sentence?<p><b>Telling stories</b><p>Don’t forget silence - it can be one of the …

Veterans share their stories at Heroes Hall

Army and Marine Corps veteran Joel Montes can remember the clicking sound his shoes made as he ascended the front stairs of a house to tell the parents inside that their son wasn’t coming back from Afghanistan.<p>Navy veteran Richard Castro recalls tripping over a compatriot’s severed leg while …

Cincy Storytellers is back with stories of 'Growing up'

The next edition of Cincy Storytellers will focus on the painful, awkward and magnificent process we call growing up.

LGBTQ

Iraqi Refugee Empowers Youth To Share Their Stories With 'Narratio'

When Ahmed Badr was 8 years old, his family's home in Baghdad was bombed in the midst of the Iraq War. The family was uninjured. They moved to Syria, which was peaceful then, and in 2008, they came to the U.S. as refugees.<p>Writing helps Badr deal with what he's been through, and he wants to give …

Over 700 pupils enjoy 'bedtime stories' event

A “BEDTIME stories” event in Bradford city centre attracted hundreds of pupils and their families from the BD5 area.<p>More than 700 people from nine …

Bedtime Stories

Ready To Turn The Page To The Next Chapter Of The Life You Want To Live Now?

Writing of her secret life as a prostitute, a blogger with the pseudonym Belle de Jour had a backstory worthy of a movie script. In fact it was turned into a Showtime TV series. She wanted to have a satisfying next chapter of her life story so she wrote about it. You see, in real life, she was “a …

Happiness

'Two Photographers Walk Into a Bar...' Or Injecting Humor In Photography

Telling a joke to an audience large or small can be a risk. An edgier joke can offend as many people as it amuses. Using humor in photography carries …

Photography

Collaborative storytelling and collective creativity — a journey of narrative creation

Collaborative storytelling and collective creativity — a journey of narrative creation<p>by Marco Sparmberg<p>As part of the 2017 Asian Festival for …

Innovation

'Destiny 2' Grimoire: Card-based lore trashed in favor of actual storytelling

If <i>Overwatch</i> is implicit storytelling at its best, <i>Destiny</i>'s piecemeal story was its polar opposite. Both games had their lore told mostly outside of …

Destiny 2

The Importance of Sound in Cinematic Storytelling

In this video by Andrew Saladino of the Royal Ocean Film Society, the importance of compelling sounds for storytelling is closely examined. With …

Photography

Michael Dudok de Wit Interview - The Red Turtle

Few animation studios have a success rate quite like Studio Ghibli – and generally speaking, the Japanese animators create their myriad of …

Anime

Why Taking the Brand Out Of Branded Content Is So Important

AdWeek just released a fantastic story about taking the “brand out of branded content” and I couldn’t agree more.<p>Eight years ago I left my post as head of the Global Strategic Media practice at Weber Shandwick for several reasons. Top among them was what I saw as the future of content: brands …

Marketing

How TED Chooses The Young Changemakers Who Become TED Fellows

The fellows get a chance to present their ideas at TED to an enormous global audience. Want to join? You’ll need a great idea, authenticity, and a willingness to collaborate.<p>In Pakistan, Nighat Dad helps other young women fight online harassment. In France, Romain Lacombe is building tools to help …

Get kids telling stories to speak truth to power

Oral skills in schools | The Trial and The Law Machine | Alan Titchmarsh’s gravitas | Loose canon | Grannies<p>As a storyteller and speech and language therapist I was delighted to see Tim Lott’s article (Ditch the grammar and teach storytelling instead, 20 May). However, his emphasis turns out to be …

The Story Behind Storytelling

We all love a good story. Numerous studies have proven that our brains are far more engaged by storytelling than just being presented cold, hard …

B2B

Pitch the Promised Land – Designing Your Company Story

It is important to stay on top of all of the emerging marketing trends and technology-driven tactics as best you can. But, you also have to realize …

Web Design

Snapchat Custom Stories Update: How To Use New Feature

Snapchat released yet another update on Tuesday. This one allows users to create their own custom Stories that can have multiple contributors, select …

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