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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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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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Check Out Storytelling In The Future: An Array Of New Experiences

Check Out Storytelling In The Future: An Array Of New Experiences | Living Story | Scoop.it
“A new exhibition looks at ways storytelling will change in years to come.”
Via Karen Dietz
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More on the Sensory Stories exhibit in New York.
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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

Via The Digital Rocking Chair
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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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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, March 7, 2:05 PM


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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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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From Virtual Reality to Interactive Documentaries: 'Sensory Stories' Showcases Immersive Storytelling

From Virtual Reality to Interactive Documentaries: 'Sensory Stories' Showcases Immersive Storytelling | Living Story | Scoop.it

Via The Digital Rocking Chair
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"Conceived and organized by Future of Storytelling (FoST), "Sensory Stories," a new exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in New York City, will introduce audiences to innovative new methods of engaging with visual narratives..." 


Favorite insight via FoST founder Charles Melcher: "You can get literally immersed in a new world. You can see what it's like in someone else's eyes... My hope is that all of this leaves people, one, turned on and excited to go out and create stories in new ways; two, [getting] a sense of where technologies are headed — that there's a whole big world coming with storytelling potential; and three, feeling excited about being alive."

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Nora Morton's curator insight, April 22, 4:33 PM

Fascinating new ways to present narratives... "letting us experience stories in a visceral, multi-sensual, personal and participatory way."  "Clouds over Sidra" is one of the projects featured in the exhibit created by vrse tools.  This virtual reality project immerses the viewer into a Syrian refugee camp through the eyes of a 12 year old girl.  Although vrse tools are out of my capacity to navigate, I can only imagine how cool it would be to recreate historical events in a virtual reality to allow students to explore the past in such an intimate way. 

Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, April 24, 4:24 PM

Exciting times to be a content creator.

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, May 4, 10:25 PM

Storytelling gets visceral. Exhibition allows audience to experience stories in a multi-sensual, personal and participatory way.

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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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Favorite moments:

 

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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