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The Persisting Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema by Martin Scorsese | The New York Review of Books

The Persisting Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema by Martin Scorsese | The New York Review of Books | Living Story | Scoop.it

Martin Scorsese: "We were living through the emotional truths on the screen, often in coded form, which these films from the 1940s and 1950s sometimes expressed in small things: gestures, glances, reactions between the characters, light, shadow. These were things that we normally couldn’t discuss or wouldn’t discuss or even acknowledge in our lives."

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92 short animated films by students of top French school Gobelins

92 short animated films by students of top French school Gobelins | Living Story | Scoop.it
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A YouTube compilation of 92 short films produced by the Gobelins school of digital communication and interactive design since 1999 and created for the Annecy animated film festival. Enjoy!

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Welcome to Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things

Welcome to Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things - Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things - Medium

Welcome to Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things, a prototype of the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab that experiments with shifts in authorship and ownership of stories while exploring the ethical and political implications of IoT (Internet of Things)."

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Excited to be producing the Paris meetups and events around this project. 

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Repetition, Revision and Gaming the Storytelling System

Repetition, Revision and Gaming the Storytelling System | Living Story | Scoop.it
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Virtual reality offers the ability to enter a narrative world again and again, exploring it from every angle. That in turn is giving rise to new story structures.

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Road Trip: 4 Roads For Your Protagonist to Take

Road Trip: 4 Roads For Your Protagonist to Take | Living Story | Scoop.it

Road trip movies have long been popular with audiences, perhaps because their design usually gives our main characters a clear external goal as well as a path for getting there. Here are four popular roads that writers have utilized in crafting their stories.

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The road trip and the shape of stories.

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Le Petit Chef - YouTube

In our newest mapping project, a miniature chef turns your plate into a projected grill. Bon appétit!

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Revel in the Physical: Ayoka Chenzira at TEDxPeachtree

Revel in the Physical: Ayoka Chenzira at TEDxPeachtree | Living Story | Scoop.it

Exploration of the value and meaning in physical objects despite an increasingly digital world through art that combines material objects with digital environments."

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Ayoka Chenzira:

"Stuff has history, it has a meaning…. If you ask people to talk about themselves, they don't know where to start, where the entry point is. But if you say to them, "Can you tell me about that object on the counter?", suddenly the narratives come pouring out."

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Greek ‘No’ May Have Its Roots in Heroic Myths and Real Resistance

Greek ‘No’ May Have Its Roots in Heroic Myths and Real Resistance | Living Story | Scoop.it
Experts and analysts say the vote sprang from a deep cultural and historical strain of defiance in apparently hopeless situations, honed over centuries.
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Watching with fascination as the story of Greece unfolds. 


Nick Malkoutzis' insight:

“It is true that deep in the Greek psyche is the idea of glorious resistance against all odds... such moments are written into the conscience of every Greek.”


Yep, I can vouch for that.

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Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling — ART & SCIENCE — Medium

Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling - ART & SCIENCE - Medium
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John Lasseter:

"We focused on the story and hiding the technology."

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3 Reasons Why Beau Willimon (House of Cards) Looks For Playwrights to Staff His Writers' Room

3 Reasons Why Beau Willimon (House of Cards) Looks For Playwrights to Staff His Writers' Room | Living Story | Scoop.it
Beau Willimon has followed an unconventional path, a painter turned playwright and then screenwriter, he currently is the Showrunner of House of Cards, one of the first shows created within the dis...
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Recycled Disney footage [video]

Recycled Disney footage [video] | Living Story | Scoop.it
Movie Munchies.
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I think we've all noticed the similarities revealed in these clips. Always fun to revisit, though!

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How Cabaret circumvented the “characters breaking into song” musical trope

How Cabaret circumvented the “characters breaking into song” musical trope | Living Story | Scoop.it
Perhaps what Cabaret has irrevocably changed for anyone who makes musicals is that we can no longer just thoughtlessly accept the notion that people break out into song simply because that’s what people in musicals do. 
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One of the things I love about movies is how complex they are to make. So many pieces need to come together to create a cohesive story. Take this wonderful article by composer Danny Ashkenasi about the 1972 film adaptation of the 1966 stage musical CABARET. To go with the musical trope of "people breaking into song" or to circumvent it - that is the question. As Mr. Ashkenasi points out, 

"Perhaps what Cabaret has irrevocably changed for anyone who makes musicals is that we can no longer just thoughtlessly accept the notion that people break out into song simply because that’s what people in musicals do. Because of Cabaret there is a greater awareness amongst those who love and make musicals about the ways songs are performed in musicals, and the effect these performances have.  Which means musical makers are more mindful of the choices to be made when presenting musical numbers. Which tropes or rules of the genre shall be employed and how, and which should maybe be left out or tweaked in any particular musical?"

Well worth the read!

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What You Should Know About the Future of Virtual Reality

What You Should Know About the Future of Virtual Reality | Living Story | Scoop.it

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Favorite insight: "It's no longer going to be a fixed narrative experience: it's going to be more active, more open and more spontaneous, not like film and not like gaming but a new hybrid with more layers, maybe like holographic theater or eventually the holodeck. That's both exciting and scary because it means coming up with a new paradigm for storytelling as well as giving up control."
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The Flaws of Marvel's "It's All Connected" Cinematic Universe

The Flaws of Marvel's "It's All Connected" Cinematic Universe | Living Story | Scoop.it
There are only so many stories you can tell in a shared universe before they start, if not contradicting, then at least overlapping each other.
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Shared universes, or how to tie yourself up in storytelling knots. Interesting challenges for creators!

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In ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale, a Breakdown in Storytelling

In ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale, a Breakdown in Storytelling | Living Story | Scoop.it
The show has substituted sensation for imagination.
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I'm well behind on my GoT viewing so I can't say whether I agree or not. Nevertheless, I found this to be an interesting read.

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Biz Storytelling: 8 Classic structures to use

Biz Storytelling: 8 Classic structures to use | Living Story | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.

Via Karen Dietz
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This is one of the best articles on business stories I've read in a long time. The author not only explains different story structures, she indicates when to use them and includes video examples for each structure. Enjoy! 

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 16, 6:39 PM

Ffion Lindsay at Sparkol does another terrific job putting together 8 story structures any business can use, then gives us examples for each. Better yet, for each structure she shares with us what situations they are good for. Yay!


If you are looking to refresh your stories and just want to play with sharing your stories in different ways -- or are stuck not knowing how to tell one of your stories -- then grab this article.


If you use these other structures, you won't get stuck in the monomyth of the hero (a good thing).


Monomyth dangers

I have noticed one piece of language changing, however. That is the word "Monomyth". Mono means one or alone. Mono + myth means one myth. Joseph Campbell coined this term to refer to the Hero's story as the one all encompassing archetype for narratives. From there it morphed into also meaning a narrative common to all people. But it has a stranglehold on our storytelling, as if there are no other kinds of stories to tell.


Now the word is being used without question. Make sure you listen to the video in this article by Chimamanda Adichie on The Danger Of A Single Story.


The monomyth of the hero's journey is eclipsing other kinds of stories to tell. In the mad rush for business storytelling, the hero's journey is often touted as the only story to pay attention to. Stories of community, origin stories, how we do things, cautionary tales, and the like are neglected, but we are starving for them.


Anyway, enjoy playing with these structures and well done Ffion!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her business storytelling curation at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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The French revolution - TBI Vision

The French revolution - TBI Vision | Living Story | Scoop.it
French drama series are attracting the type of attention that made Israel and Scandinavia so hot, largely thanks to Canal+’s originals. But has local fare really changed, asks Pascale Paoli-Lebailly “We still are at the beginning of the French wave of drama series and primetime drama,” says Pascal Breton, founder…

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“French drama draws its strength from realism and very good pitches; it now has its own voice, like Scandinavian drama,” says one veteran French producer. 

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Five advertising campaigns that are leveraging the latest in digital storytelling - Storybench

Five advertising campaigns that are leveraging the latest in digital storytelling - Storybench | Living Story | Scoop.it
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Ricky & Doris: An Unconventional Friendship in New York City. With Puppets! - YouTube

Ricky Syers is an off-beat 50 year old street performer who found his calling as a puppeteer after a lifetime of manual labor. While performing in New York C...
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A sweet story of creativity and friendship because we all need those from time to time.

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Identity Story

Identity Story | Living Story | Scoop.it

"Like the Greeks with their defiant oxi!, we all have a need to recognize ourselves in our stories."

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My latest musings on the Greek crisis and our stories of identity.

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The secret to making a better TV show: skip the first season

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"One of the most important decisions every storyteller must make is when to enter the story, when to start the telling."

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The 3 levels on the spectrum of interactive storytelling

The 3 levels on the spectrum of interactive storytelling | Living Story | Scoop.it
Interactive media lecturer Sandra Gaudenzi shared her theory of balancing audience agency with authorship at the CIJ Summer Conference today, and gave examples of stories across the spectrum

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How we created an immersive Street Walk Experience with a GoPro and Javascript — Medium

How we created an immersive Street Walk Experience with a GoPro and Javascript — Medium | Living Story | Scoop.it
Sharing back the making of the web-documentary Pregoneros de Medellín (Colombia)
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Lance Weiler’s must-read story about the future of storytelling

The founder of Columbia University's Digital Storytelling Lab gives us an inside look at his work at the University and how the Lab is designing stories for the 21st Century.
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What Killed The Infographic?

What Killed The Infographic? | Living Story | Scoop.it
If you've seen fewer experimental data visualizations lately, it's only because the medium has grown up and gotten a job.

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Women In Sitcoms Are Getting A Lot More Three-Dimensional. And That's A Good Thing.

Women In Sitcoms Are Getting A Lot More Three-Dimensional. And That's A Good Thing. | Living Story | Scoop.it
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It's a crucial moment in the primary campaign, and a New Hampshire reporter has just published a brutal article describing a recording he found of Selina Mey

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I find the evaluation criteria rather flat, but this is an interesting read anyway.

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