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The many dimensions of story and how it affects our lives.
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The Man Who Makes Hollywood's Smallest Sounds

The Man Who Makes Hollywood's Smallest Sounds | Living Story | Scoop.it

Foley artist Gregg Barbanell has over 500 film and TV credits, including huge hits like "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," and "Little Miss Sunshine" -- though you've probably never recognized his work.

Alexis Niki's insight:

I love learning about all the people and professions that contribute to a story. My favorite take-away from this article is this anecdote about Barbanell's work on LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE:


“I happened to accidentally find this funky old pickup truck tailgate in a junkyard. When I stepped on it, it made this amazingly funny creaking noise -- EEEEERRRHHHHKKK. Instead of using my prop for the sliding door sound effect, I used it when the family had to get out and push the thing to get it going. That sound effect actually got a laugh at screenings." 


And his follow-up comment:


"Adding a laugh that wasn’t there before -- that’s like the brass ring for Foley artists,” Barbanell says. “Yeah, I was proud of that.”

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How an iPhone App Made An Oscar-Nominated Film Possible

How an iPhone App Made An Oscar-Nominated Film Possible | Living Story | Scoop.it

Emily Price:  "The film Searching For Sugar Man is nominated for Best Documentary at this year’s Academy Awards. But it might have not been completed if it wasn’t for an iPhone."


Via The Digital Rocking Chair
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And I thought integrating Flip footage in my webseries was cool!

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Margaret Doyle's curator insight, February 25, 2013 4:12 PM

Love this story of a DIY approach to storytelling. And lo and behold it was heard and received by the Academy! Go indie media go!

Zan Chandler's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:05 PM

And it actually won the Oscar!

 

While the amount of footage the filmmaker needed to make with his iPhone was small in terms of the overall, I think this sends a number of signals. 1 -  consumer tech is getting closer and closer to industry standards and used in the right way can be effective; and 2 - this is another example of compelling content created with a DIY ethic.

 

I look forward to seeing more examples of where filmmaking can evolve.

Jan van Gils's curator insight, March 9, 2013 10:10 AM

A very nice film and made with a little effort. Thats fine to me.

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The Evolution of Texting in Television and Film

The Evolution of Texting in Television and Film | Living Story | Scoop.it
How do you show a character texting in a movie or TV show and make it interesting? Filmmakers are finding new ways.
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In a world where we're always connected, it's implausible for fictional characters not to be. Equally implausible is having them read their text messages out loud to nobody in particular. Integrating text messages in a film seamlessly is tricky, as is finding ways to deprive characters of their mobile phones in moments of dramatic peril. Here are some things people have tried, with varied success. How about you? Have you come up with interesting ways to weave today's technology into your visual storytelling?

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