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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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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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Better User Experience With Storytelling - Part One - Smashing Magazine

Better User Experience With Storytelling - Part One - Smashing Magazine | Living Story | Scoop.it
Stories have defined our world. They have been with us since the dawn of communication, from cave walls to the tall tales recounted around fires. They have continued to evolve with their purpose remaining the same; To entertain, to share common experiences, to teach, and to pass on traditions. Today we communicate a bit differently. Our information is fragmented across various mass-media channels and delivered through ever-changing technology. It has become watered down, cloned, and is churned out quickly in 140-character blurbs. We've lost that personal touch where we find an emotional connection that makes us care. Using storytelling, however, we can pull these fragments together into a common thread. We can connect as real people, not just computers. In this article we'll explore how user experience professionals and designers are using storytelling to create compelling experiences that build human connections.
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This article makes an important connection between storytelling and user experience. "Storytelling can help teams focus their efforts on everything from the content on the website to understanding the business problem in a new way." I couldn't agree more!

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The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something Out

The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something Out | Living Story | Scoop.it
Leave it incomplete so others can complete it.

Via Karen Dietz
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When telling a story for business or otherwise, what you leave out can be as important as what you put in.

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Lydia Gracia's curator insight, October 2, 2:15 PM

Une histoire à compléter par vos clients... ce n'est peut être pas la même mais c'est son expérience de vous!

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Michael Williams StoryCoaching's curator insight, October 5, 3:11 PM

Great storytellers know that by leaving out a lot of unnecessary description, you engage your listener's imagination. "Suggest, don't tell." Give your audience the silence and space to engage with the story. If not, they become passive as you are doing all the imaginative work for them. This article gives some media examples of this in practice.

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Muhammad Ali on Black & White - YouTube

"..and the angel food cake was the white cake, and the devil food cake was the chocolate cake." Excerpt from October 17, 1971 interview with Michael Parkinso...
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With humor, intelligence, and grace, Ali proves himself yet again to be a champion storyteller. This is an excellent example of what I like to call "living story."

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Twenty Awesome Covers From The US Space Program

Twenty Awesome Covers From The US Space Program | Living Story | Scoop.it
The upcoming 2013 April 18 Space Exploration Signature Auction by Heritage Auctions brought us these fine document covers. Manuals, guidebooks, press kits, reports, brochures - all with cool artworks and typography. Enjoy!
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Oh, what stories these images evoke! Enjoy.

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It's Nice That : Copywriter Rob Mitchell on why Airbnb doesn't need a brand story

It's Nice That : Copywriter Rob Mitchell on why Airbnb doesn't need a brand story | Living Story | Scoop.it
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I'm a fan of Airbnb, but I too think their new brand story tries too hard. It tells me what to think and feel instead of giving me room to draw my own conclusions. I'm not sure why Airbnb felt they needed a new story and logo right now, but to me it's a misstep.

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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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Story Woes of a Multi-Hyphenate

Story Woes of a Multi-Hyphenate | Living Story | Scoop.it
An interesting question came up during my latest workshop, Boost Your Career With Storytelling. One of the participants was a graphic designer-artist-musician—that is, a professional and creative multi-hyphenate, like many of the people I coach.
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Writing Dialogue: Beats of the Dead Horse

Writing Dialogue: Beats of the Dead Horse | Living Story | Scoop.it
When I dove into a theoretical approach to writing dialogue, I was pleasantly surprised the way to improve it is often through the structure of your scenes.
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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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Participant Index--Finding Out Why 1 Film Spurs Action, While Another Doesn't

Participant Index--Finding Out Why 1 Film Spurs Action, While Another Doesn't | Living Story | Scoop.it
“A film company, two foundations and a university want to know what motivates people to support an issue on social media after they see issue-oriented movies, TV shows or online video.”
Via Karen Dietz
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Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 22, 6:11 PM

Now this is very interesting. We all know that our business stories are crafted to move people to action. But how does that happen really really, and how do you measure or evaluate it?


Here comes along Participant Media, an activist entertainment company to answer these vexing questions. They are developing a measuring tool to determine emotional response and level of engagement to films (stories).


There's still a way to go, but we should keep this on our radar screen for its application to business storytelling. Learn more about what's happening, the tool they are developing, and what's in store for us in the future by reading this post.


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

Patricia Stitson's curator insight, July 26, 1:27 PM

Karen Dietz, you should take a look at the marketing anaylysis developed by Emotient using CERT technology.  I hear rumour that one of the founders might be talking at an upcoming TEDxAmericasFinestCity evnt ;-)

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You are not a storyteller - Stefan Sagmeister @ FITC

We had the pleasure of spending some time with Stefan Sagmeister at the recent FITC Toronto conference in April, 2014, and he had some things to say. See Sagmeister…
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Being a storyteller is easier said than done.

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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...

Via Pedro de Alcantara
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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, 8:53 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

Making a Scene | Living Story | Scoop.it

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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