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CBS, Time Warner Cable, and the Disruption of TV

CBS, Time Warner Cable, and the Disruption of TV | Living Story | Scoop.it
The challenge to the TV industry comes down to choice, just as it did thirty years ago. Consumers can choose what to watch, when to watch it, and which device to use.
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The Time Warner-CBS skirmish in context. A difficult moment for he industry, but a time of opportunity for storytellers.

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The many dimensions of story and how it affects our lives.
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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

Via The Digital Rocking Chair
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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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Listen in on Intimate Discussions Between Mothers and Kids

Listen in on Intimate Discussions Between Mothers and Kids | Living Story | Scoop.it
A reminder of just how much we don’t know about our own mothers.
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Happy Mother's Day - from StoryCorps

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Detecting Lies via Storytelling: A How To Technique

Detecting Lies via Storytelling: A How To Technique | Living Story | Scoop.it
The idea that you can tell if someone is lying by analysing certain physical cues has been prominent ever since the 1920s, when the polygraph first made an appearance.

Via Karen Dietz
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An interesting read, especially on the heels of an article I read yesterday. Apparently,  when we remember a past event, we are actually remembering the last time we remembered it. I know for myself that what I retain are the emotional impressions of an event. As for the actual details, I feel rather free to draw from a repertoire to flesh out a story. Having attended plenty of concerts, for example,  I'm pretty sure I could come up with sights, smells, and sounds to complete a lie about  having been at a recent one. But I'm sure if I were to invent a story about something I've never experienced, then I'd stumble. 

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My friends at Anecdote are reporting here on a research project illustrating how to determine if someone is lying through story listening.


Author Mark Schenk shares the story of this fascinating research and its implications. It's great. I keep thinking of business applications like job interviews and project assessments.


If you think about it, you can take this knowledge and use it anytime someone is giving you a status report. NOT that people are going to lie to you -- but they might put a more positive spin on it than what you need. So you can gain a deeper and better understanding of what's really going on, use the material in this post to know what to pay attention to and flesh out more of the story. 


Read the article to find out. It won't take long, and it's chock full of solid information you can use.


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

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Brazilian Ice Sculptures Encourage Organ Donation via Great Design

Brazilian Ice Sculptures Encourage Organ Donation via Great Design | Living Story | Scoop.it
“ São Paulo, Brazil launches a trippy new public art campaign to get residents to donate their organs.”
Via siobhan-o-flynn
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"Life is a big melting process." Beautiful storytelling using the metaphor of melting ice.
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How Orson Welles Almost Made His Film Debut With an Innovative ‘Heart of Darkness’ Adaptation

How Orson Welles Almost Made His Film Debut With an Innovative ‘Heart of Darkness’ Adaptation | Living Story | Scoop.it
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Orson Welles, one of the cinema’s foremost artists — and one of its greatest tragedies, personifying as he does the industry’s predilection for chewing up great filmmakers and spitting them out,...
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Why Are Movie Trailers Called "Trailers"?

Why Are Movie Trailers Called "Trailers"? | Living Story | Scoop.it

"The green Motion Picture of America Screen, the guy with the deep voice, the montage of gripping moments and dramatic music: we've all been persuaded, at some point in our lives, by the grandiosity of a movie trailer."

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Makes me want to binge watch trailers now.

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The Photo Man

Mark Kologi has collected and sold millions of forgotten personal photos of complete strangers. 

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The Photo Man - a curator in pictures of an ongoing human narrative.

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Digital Gap: Why Aren't Moviemakers Learning Narrative From Videogames and the Web? - TheWrap

Digital Gap: Why Aren't Moviemakers Learning Narrative From Videogames and the Web? - TheWrap | Living Story | Scoop.it
Analysis: In the decade since "The Matrix,"  film narratives have become more conventional and directors are more interested in mimicking classical cinema than charting film's future
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Cleaning up my bookmarks, I came across this article. It's more than 2 years old but there's still interesting food for thought around the question of how storytelling is or isn't changing when it comes to films. Thoughts?

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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

Via blaucloud, Soraia Ferreira
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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
Illustration by Priscilla Frank




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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Playing the Cards I Was Dealt at the Ojai Storytelling Festival

Playing the Cards I Was Dealt at the Ojai Storytelling Festival | Living Story | Scoop.it
“I've attended sixteen Ojai Storytelling Festivals, and I've photographed at least twelve of them. Every year there are new challenges. Oh, he's going to juggle flaming torches? Okay. Oh, she's goin...”
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On the challenges of telling the visual story of a storytelling festival by photographer Dean Zatkowski. It's all about working with what you've got, knowing what you want to say, and being willing to improvise.
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Robert De Niro - One Minute of Brilliant Acting Advice - YouTube

If only every actor understood this, movies would be much more compelling & realistic.
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A short video of Robert De Niro on non-doing in acting. 

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10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them - without bullshit

10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them - without bullshit | Living Story | Scoop.it

There are plenty of folks happy to tell you how to write better, just as any doctor will tell you to “eat right and exercise.” But changing your writing (or eating) habits only happens when you understand why you do what you do."

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Useful tips for anyone who writes anything. 

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Inside HBO's Quest For Emotional Truth

Inside HBO's Quest For Emotional Truth | Living Story | Scoop.it
“From The Jinx to Going Clear to the new Montage of Heck, HBO documentaries are changing the genre's narrative.”
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Authenticity: Is It Real or Is It Marketing?

Authenticity: Is It Real or Is It Marketing? | Living Story | Scoop.it
Companies that boast of their authenticity confront challenges that more faceless firms don’t even have to consider.
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This is a question I get a lot from clients and, just recently, a journalist fed up with startup storytelling. Some interesting insights here. One of my favorites:


Marty noted the touch of cynicism in her voice. “No. It’s not just a marketing campaign. We’re really going back to our roots. Hunsk has always been about authenticity. We are going to become the authentic company we once were. If it were just more marketing bull, our customers—our believers—would sense it.”

“We’re going to eat our own dog food?” suggested Carla Meyer, head of marketing communications.


Marty crossed his arms and smiled. “We’re going to be our dog food.”

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365data.fr

365data.fr | Living Story | Scoop.it
Une journée, une data : Le calendrier des 365 journées mondiales en dataviz.
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365 Data - One data visualization per day by We Do Data. Lots to discover here!

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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.

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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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