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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

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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 6:27 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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“Just Getting a Bunch of Likes, or Creating a Hashtag? That’s Not Social Change”: Impact Producer Lina Srivastava | Filmmaker Magazine

“Just Getting a Bunch of Likes, or Creating a Hashtag? That’s Not Social Change”: Impact Producer Lina Srivastava | Filmmaker Magazine | Living Story | Scoop.it
Lina Srivastava combines media, technology, art, and storytelling for social transformation. She is the founder of a social innovation strategy group that has
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Storytelling for social change. My favorite take-away: "Any time you can start changing your own community, by yourself, and know that there are people outside your community who are dedicated to helping, it opens up the desire to speak and the desire to help participate in the change around you"

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From the Lens: Breaking Down A Script As Director Of Photography - Script Magazine

From the Lens: Breaking Down A Script As Director Of Photography - Script Magazine | Living Story | Scoop.it
Director of Photography Nathan Blair explains how he breaks down a script when first tackling his role as DP.
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Some nice insights from a DP (Director of Photography) about how he connects with a story and brings it to life.

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When Bad Stories Happen to Good Characters

When Bad Stories Happen to Good Characters | Living Story | Scoop.it

"Writers don't know when it happens, and usually only dedicated readers will notice, but one of the greatest tragedies that can befall a novel is when the plot lets down the characters."

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This is a problem I often run across with coaching clients. It's challenging to convince them to dig deeper when they can point to a recent movie or novel that similarly underserves its characters. Writers should be able to create great characters--AND know what to do with them.

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Virtual-reality experiment lets you walk around the Ferguson shooting scene

Virtual-reality experiment lets you walk around the Ferguson shooting scene | Living Story | Scoop.it

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"A bold experiment in how graphic journalism and gaming might one day converge." Graphic comic + interactive desktop experience. If you want to understand how the project was designed, the complete methodology is also available.

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Fusion:  "This [Ferguson Firsthand] is an interactive experience that explores Michael Brown’s death using a combination of graphic journalism and virtual reality. It allows you to move through an immersive recreation of the Ferguson shooting—and view the events based on eight eyewitness accounts."

Benjamin De Roos's curator insight, March 23, 9:52 AM

Interesting article showcasing the convergence of graphic journalism and gaming. This technology will now give access to first person perspectives at crime scenes/big events to the general public.  

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How Disney Thinks About Virtual Reality For Its Theme Parks

How Disney Thinks About Virtual Reality For Its Theme Parks | Living Story | Scoop.it
In a session at GDC this morning, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Technologies Lead Bei Yang gave a talk about the work the entertainment giant has done..

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For the Love of Connection! Craft an engaging professional story

For the Love of Connection! Craft an engaging professional story | Living Story | Scoop.it

We stood facing the stone carvings on the northern façade of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. “Look at the elegance of those strawberry leaves,” Francesca said. She had been my college art history professor only a few years earlier, and I was back in town for a visit. 

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Some thoughts on how to craft a human-to-human professional profile.

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Sorry, but you are almost certainly not a storyteller

Sorry, but you are almost certainly not a storyteller | Living Story | Scoop.it
Sorry, but you are almost certainly not a storyteller, We are all storytellers now, aren't we? Alex Hesz, the digital director of Adam & Eve/DDB, begs to differ. | Marketing Magazine
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My favorite insight: "Stories are about us just as much as they are about their subject. They require our context to be complete. We make them matter."

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Writing Your Way to Happiness

Writing Your Way to Happiness | Living Story | Scoop.it

"Researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness..."

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Some great insights about the power of our personal narratives. 

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Baptism By Fire: What We Learned Covering #CharlieHebdo On Our 3rd Day — the reported.ly team — Medium

Baptism By Fire: What We Learned Covering #CharlieHebdo On Our 3rd Day - the reported.ly team - Medium
When Reported.ly’s European team learned of the attack, our reporting operation was less than 48 hours old.
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reported.ly is a social media-based news publication. This is their account of how they handled a huge story 48 hours after their official launch.

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Theme parks engage visitors through interactive technology

Theme parks engage visitors through interactive technology | Living Story | Scoop.it
It's no longer enough to entertain theme-park guests. You've got to make them part of the action.
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“I am not creative” (Is A Lie We Tell Ourselves) | LinkedIn

“I am not creative” (Is A Lie We Tell Ourselves) | LinkedIn | Living Story | Scoop.it
A few months ago, one of my clients, a singer at the Opera National de Paris, arranged a backstage tour for my husband and me. We visited a number of the creative ateliers that supply the Opera Bastille with costumes, wigs, shoes, props, and much more. It was an absolutely fascinating immersion into the bustling activity that takes place behind the scenes of every grand production we see on stage.
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Our most important stories are the ones we tell ourselves.

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How Ryan Gosling Earns $7 Million for an Indie Film

How Ryan Gosling Earns $7 Million for an Indie Film | Living Story | Scoop.it
A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
In the days leading up to November's American Film Mar...
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9 (Short) Storytelling Tips From A Master Of Movie Trailers

9 (Short) Storytelling Tips From A Master Of Movie Trailers | Living Story | Scoop.it
“ Buddha Jones co-founder John Long discusses mini-storytelling principles and the art of modern trailer making.”
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The 37 best tools for data visualization

The 37 best tools for data visualization | Living Story | Scoop.it
“ Creating charts and info graphics can be time-consuming. But these tools make it easier. It's often said that data is the new world currency, and the web is the exchange bureau through which it's t...”
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What Teens are Learning From ‘Serial’ and Other Podcasts

What Teens are Learning From ‘Serial’ and Other Podcasts | Living Story | Scoop.it
The wildly popular podcast "Serial" has found relevance in high school classrooms as a way to improve listening and critical thinking skills.
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MISC Magazine | The Real Experience Designers: Lance Weiler

MISC Magazine | The Real Experience Designers: Lance Weiler | Living Story | Scoop.it
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Lance Weiler on designing with and for, and the 21st century writer's room.

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Scriptnotes, 185: Malcolm Spellman, a Study in Heat | A ton of useful information about screenwriting from screenwriter John August

John and Craig sit down with Malcolm Spellman to talk Empire, breaking in, critics, trailers, pseudonyms, and more.
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Malcolm Spellman on screenwriting: " What [writers] have to understand is that there is a whole thing going on and you are having a moment and if you do things right, your moment will parlay into more moments, but this thing is so much bigger than you. If you can just check your ego you will understand if it’s not you, it will be someone else."

 

Craig Mazin on Hollywood: "Hollywood is a bored 11-year-old boy flipping through channels, stopping at one thing going, 'Oh, awesome. Eh, no, keep moving. I’ve seen that. Oh, okay, I watched four seconds of it. I got it. Next.' There is no real heat. Heat is — it’s all false heat."

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Kurt Vonnegut graphed the world’s most popular stories

Kurt Vonnegut graphed the world’s most popular stories | Living Story | Scoop.it
The author called the idea his 'prettiest contribution to the culture'
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The Gravity of Hollywood: When It’s Okay for a Studio to Steal Your Story | Matt Wallace

The Gravity of Hollywood: When It’s Okay for a Studio to Steal Your Story | Matt Wallace | Living Story | Scoop.it
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A cautionary tale of the business of Hollywood. As the author of this article, Matt Wallace, points out, claims of story theft happen all the time in Hollywood. Sometimes they're legit, sometimes they're not. And sometimes writers don't make claims because they'll be labeled as difficult. But this writer had a contract in place, and that's where this case gets really scary. 

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"Boyhood" Director Richard Linklater Shares His Keys To Great Storytelling

"Boyhood" Director Richard Linklater Shares His Keys To Great Storytelling | Living Story | Scoop.it

The director behind "Boyhood," which earned five Golden Globe nominations, explains why structure is so essential.


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Film bosses accused of mutilating scripts and pushing out writing talent

Film bosses accused of mutilating scripts and pushing out writing talent | Living Story | Scoop.it
Original and subtle work is often altered to follow a money-making formula that results in bland movies
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Five Screenwriting Rules You Can Break and Five You Can't...

Five Screenwriting Rules You Can Break and Five You Can't... | Living Story | Scoop.it
Screenwriter Tom Williams explores the controversial topic of screenwriting rules, and finds out there are some you can break, and some you can't...
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The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool

The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool | Living Story | Scoop.it
It might seem old-fashioned. But that’s what makes it so effective.
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Freytag's Pyramid in a Budweiser ad? Seems so! 

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Cautionary Tales in Transmedia Storytelling | WIRED

Cautionary Tales in Transmedia Storytelling | WIRED | Living Story | Scoop.it
“ One of the greatest challenges in transmedia game development is crafting a believable story universe that persists across multiple media without tricking or endangering the game’s players.”
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