"The newest evolution — what I think of as the “Essence” or “Human Struggle” kind of film — is marked by the athlete’s demystification, his or her very personal narrative. Different from “lifestyle” pieces (like MTV “Cribs” or works showing the athlete “at home”), Human Struggle films are still very much rooted in sports, but boiled down to the essence, the question of “why” the athlete engages in a particular sport. As opposed to the mythic “hero” of Old School films or the equally abstracted “performer” in New School videos, Human Struggle filmmaking is all about the athlete’s inner conflicts, backstory, and motivations. And in this way it becomes universally relevant."
What a great find this one is!
What happens when the "essence" of great storytelling comes to sports videos? Totally captivating stories that focus not on the glory but on the "why" motivating athletes to engage in their sport.
If your interest in extreme sports or "digital storytelling" is of significantly less interest than your interest in reading and classic literature, then here's an eye-opening challenge.
Help me find some text-based stories that could be used as an immediate follow-up to these incredible video stories that go right to the heart of the human condition via personal stories of those involved in extreme sports.
If you have reluctant readers, these videos might just be an incredibly short bridge to engaging those students in the power of great storytelling.
After watching these short videos, send me the names of any equally engaging text-based stories. (Jerome@GoogleLitTrips.com)
And, I just can't help but wonder what students might do if challenged to reinterpret some of the great stories we already love to teach in the style of these up close and personal stories?
What characters might be good subjects for such a treatment?
Via GoogleLitTrips Reading List