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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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Watch a Young Terry Gilliam Explain How He Makes Monty Python Animations

There's a lot to love about vintage Monty Python—dead parrots, silly walks, lumberjacks, killer rabbits—but Terry Gilliam's magic touch with his signature cut-out animations really gave the group a goofball creative edge. In this clip from the early 1970s, a fresh-faced Gilliam (with an incredible 'do) describes his no-tech approach to the process.
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Documentary storytelling with you directing the action (Wired UK)

Documentary storytelling with you directing the action (Wired UK) | Living Story | Scoop.it
Although the interactive documentary -- or iDoc -- is maturing, the field (and the terminology) remains subject to definition
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A Master Storyteller at Work: Francis Ford Coppola On Writing The Godfather

A Master Storyteller at Work: Francis Ford Coppola On Writing The Godfather | Living Story | Scoop.it
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Love the old-school binder -- and the thought process. So inspiring! 

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Gary Vaynerchuk: Stop Storytelling Like It’s 2007

Gary Vaynerchuk: Stop Storytelling Like It’s 2007 | Living Story | Scoop.it
Social networks aren't just for distribution. The best creatives recognize the nuances of every platform and respect the context.
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Interview with Sean Oliver, creator of LUCIDITY: The Web Saga

Interview with Sean Oliver, creator of LUCIDITY: The Web Saga | Living Story | Scoop.it

In this latest post for the Write It Short! series I talk to Sean Oliver, creator of LUCIDITY, a sci-fi series about a pair of roommates who share each other's dreams. Write It Short! is a collaboration with LA Web Fest.

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15 Predictions On The Future Of Indie Film

15 Predictions On The Future Of Indie Film | Living Story | Scoop.it
I have written about the good things in indie film. I have done it quite a bit. I have written about the bad things, and more than several times there too.
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Interesting insights from Ted Hope. I've already seen evidence of #11 in the web series community.

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Pixar, 25 Years of Animation at Art Ludique Museum, Paris

Pixar, 25 Years of Animation at Art Ludique Museum, Paris | Living Story | Scoop.it
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After several years of traveling, the famous Pixar exhibit finally hits Paris. A must see! 

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Is It Actually Fun to Watch a Dramatic TV Series at a Bar?

Is It Actually Fun to Watch a Dramatic TV Series at a Bar? | Living Story | Scoop.it
Earlier this fall, when the Twitter-powered juggernaut Scandal premiered its third season, the show’s devoted fans had no shortage of venues for taking in the next chapter in the lives of Olivia Pope and her team of political fix-it “gladiators.”...
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Communal viewing isn't a thing (yet?) in Paris where I live, but it sounds like fun. I'll have to seek it out next time I'm in New York. Has anyone experienced it?

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[Blog] Write it Short Series - McCracken Live!

[Blog] Write it Short Series - McCracken Live! | Living Story | Scoop.it

"A blend of Tootsie meets Carol Burnett meets Martha Stewart meets a martini, Carol Ann McCracken (played by Brian Beacock) is an all-new take on America’s Sweetheart. McCracken Live! Is an LA Webfest 2011 Grand Prize recipient."

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An interview with McCracken Live! creator Brian Beacock.

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Phil Rosenthal’s ‘Exporting Raymond’

Phil Rosenthal’s ‘Exporting Raymond’ | Living Story | Scoop.it
A documentary chronicles Phil Rosenthal’s bumpy journey as he tries to make a very American sitcom funny for Russian TV audiences.
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I've lived in four different countries (US, Greece, Germany, France) and I can attest to the fact that humor has its cultural differences. But I can equally attest to the fact that, "“We all know human behavior. We’re all people.” An interesting read for anyone creating stories for an international audience. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie!

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Celebrating 47 Years of Star Trek | Star Trek News | TrekNews.net

Celebrating 47 Years of Star Trek | Star Trek News | TrekNews.net | Living Story | Scoop.it
Today we celebrate the 47th anniversary of Star Trek, as the series' first episode, "The Man Trap" aired on September 8, 1966. Gene Roddenberry's "wagon
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My storytelling sensibilities were profoundly influenced by the original "Star Trek." I will always have a warm place in my heart for Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, and the rest of the Enterprise crew.

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Ever Wanted to Live Inside a David Cronenberg Film? Now You Can With His New Project at TIFF

Ever Wanted to Live Inside a David Cronenberg Film? Now You Can With His New Project at TIFF | Living Story | Scoop.it
David Cronenberg's films are dark, twisted, and absolutely riveting, but would you want to live inside one?

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A Letter From Fred

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When Fred's wife Lorraine passed away after 75 years together, he wrote a song and sent it in to a local contest. What follows is a heartfelt story of co-creation.

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Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black on his Creative Process

Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black on his Creative Process | Living Story | Scoop.it
Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black ("Milk," "J. Edgar") takes viewers inside his creative process in an exploration of where ideas come from.
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An inspiring interview that captures the challenge and the thrill of screenwriting beautifully. My favorite take-aways:

"A film is not what happened. A film is an impression of what happened."

"It's like an addiction. I want to solve the problems, I want to make it work."

"We make progress by telling our personal stories."

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Get Your First Act Written! This Animated Video with Pixar's Michael Arndt Shows You How « No Film School

Get Your First Act Written! This Animated Video with Pixar's Michael Arndt Shows You How « No Film School | Living Story | Scoop.it
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This Is TUTTING - YouTube

Tutting is a hypnotic dance you need to see. Tweet this: http://bit.ly/1fBpz0E Post to Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1fBpCcK Like on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1i...

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If this is tutting, I could watch it all day! Favorite takeaway: "Take something, make it yours."

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Pedro de Alcantara's curator insight, February 7, 5:53 AM

Creativity contains a CRAZY element that requires DISCIPLINE to thrive. These guys have both!

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5 Reasons Disney's 'Frozen' Is Killing It At Theaters

5 Reasons Disney's 'Frozen' Is Killing It At Theaters | Living Story | Scoop.it
Disney's latest animated feature is on track to earn $1 billion worldwide.
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Starlight Runner's Jeff Gomez on the success of FROZEN. 

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2014 The Year I Give No Attention to the definition of Transmedia | Hal Hefner

2014 The Year I Give No Attention to the definition of Transmedia | Hal Hefner | Living Story | Scoop.it
2014 The Year I Give No Attention to the definition of Transmedia is here. This is Hal Hefner's final say on the divisive word
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For anyone who's had enough of the debate around the word "transmedia," Hal Hefner's thoughts on the subject will come as a relief. My favorite insight:

 

"I want to educate people (myself included) on exploratory storytelling practices and strategies. I want to learn about new ways to tell my stories by exhausting all technological and creative avenues that apply. That’s it. I don’t really care what you think about the word Transmedia."

 

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Why Disney keeps buying all your favorite childhood icons

Why Disney keeps buying all your favorite childhood icons | Living Story | Scoop.it
Luke Skywalker. Princess Leia. Kermit the Frog. Miss Piggy. Spider-Man. The Incredible Hulk. Buzz Lightyear. And now, Indiana Jones. Together, they represent the defining characters and pop culture childhood memories of millions, if not billions.
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Making a Scene

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The actors who gave the year’s best performances star in one-line films created by the Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.

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Gorgeous visuals, intriguing vignettes. Don't miss the Making of "Making a Scene."

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Audience engagement - three approaches

Audience engagement - three approaches | Living Story | Scoop.it

"A quick note on a topic we’ve been addressing in several projects of late – that of audience engagement..."


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Concrete advice, including pros and cons and project examples, in this post by Simon Staffans.

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Simon Staffans's curator insight, October 20, 2013 12:44 AM

Some thoughts on how to engage an audience.

Lauren Scime's curator insight, October 20, 2013 4:58 PM

A good reminder to us all that not only new but traditional methods still work when combined. Great post. 

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Write It Short: Clutch (Canada)

Write It Short: Clutch (Canada) | Living Story | Scoop.it

Write It Short! is a new series of interviews with award-winning web series creators about their writing and storytelling process. I started it in collaboration with the LA Web Series Festival. Here, I talk to CLUTCH creator Jonathan Robbins about the special challenges of writing a dark and hard-hitting (NC-17 / R) piece for the web. 

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You can see CLUTCH at: http://clutchtheseries.com 

Warning: CLUTCH is mature viewing.

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What Can We Learn from Coppola's Indie Studio American Zoetrope? « nofilmschool

What Can We Learn from Coppola's Indie Studio American Zoetrope? « nofilmschool | Living Story | Scoop.it

Via Jérôme Riguidel
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Worth watching for anyone interested in the evolution of filmmaking. 

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Jérôme Riguidel's curator insight, September 8, 2013 3:27 PM

There has been a lot of speculation about the American film industry being in a time of transition. This summer’s tentpoles haven’t performed as well as expected at the box office, while indies swept the Oscars this past year. These new developments have many wondering if this signals a new wave of low-budget American independent filmmaking. If so, independent filmmakers can take a page from the spirit of Francis Ford Coppola’s independent film studio, American Zoetrope, explored in the inspiring documentary A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope.

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18 (Free) Books Ernest Hemingway Wished He Could Read Again for the First Time

18 (Free) Books Ernest Hemingway Wished He Could Read Again for the First Time | Living Story | Scoop.it
In the 1930s, Ernest Hemingway wrote a series of short pieces for Esquire magazine called the “Key West Letters.” One of those pieces, the 1935 “Remembering Shooting-Flying” has an interesting premise—Hemingway claims that remembering and writing...
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I would add "The Odyssey" translated by Robert Fagles to the list. How about you?

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Kevin Spacey urges TV channels to give control to viewers

The audience has spoken. They want stories.


Via Juliana Loh
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The heart of Kevin Spacey's argument: "The audience has spoken. They want stories. They're dying for them. They're waiting for us to give them the right thing. And they will talk about it, binge on it, carry it with them on the bus and to the hairdresser, force it on their friends. Tweet, blog, facebook, make fan pages, silly GIFs and god know what else about it. Engage with it with a passion and an intensity that a blockbuster movie could only dream of. And all we have to do is give it to them."

 

Admit it--haven't you done these things yourself?

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Juliana Loh's curator insight, August 30, 2013 12:14 AM

Some excerpts I enjoyed:

1. Take a bite out of piracy: "Give people what they want when they want it  in the form that they wanted at a reasonable price and they'll more likely pay for it than steal it:

 

2. Any differientation between film/tv and internet will fall away. The distinction will blur because conventions surrounding traditional ways of interacting will fall away. It's already happening now.

 

3. There is such a HUNGER for new content.  Whether we 'binge' on it or share it, or pirate it... the trend is HERE to stay and it's the one thing that studios HAVE to start recognizing NOW.  It is imperative to create environments conducive to nurturing creativity. Or else... the film world as we know will disintergrate in 'network' paralysis.

Juliana Loh's comment, August 31, 2013 2:17 PM
Hello Alexis. Hope all is well with you :D