Living Story
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Living Story
The many dimensions of story and how it affects our lives.
Curated by Alexis Niki
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Secretly Shot Disney-Set Horror Film 'Escape From Tomorrow' Gets Release

Secretly Shot Disney-Set Horror Film 'Escape From Tomorrow' Gets Release | Living Story | Scoop.it
Producers Distribution Agency will release Randy Moore’s "Escape From Tomorrow," a horror film shot surreptitiously at several Disney theme parks.

 

Escape,” which debuted at Sundance, will be released theatrically in select cities on Oct. 11 and be available via FilmBuff on VOD. PDA used a similar model in the distribution of Banksy’s doc “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”...

 


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Story-Making Machines: Meograph

Story-Making Machines: Meograph | Living Story | Scoop.it
We are launching a series of conversations with people who make Story-Making Machines for the web. Up first is Misha Leybovich, CEO of Meograph, a tool for "four-dimensional storytelling."

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I hate Strong Female Characters

I hate Strong Female Characters | Living Story | Scoop.it
Sherlock Holmes gets to be brilliant, solitary, abrasive, Bohemian, whimsical, brave, sad, manipulative, neurotic, vain, untidy, fastidious, artistic, courteous, rude, a polymath genius. Female characters get to be Strong.
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The phrase "strong female characters" has always felt limiting to me. A thought-provoking read.

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The future of storytelling: People want to befriend characters and influence their decisions

The future of storytelling: People want to befriend characters and influence their decisions | Living Story | Scoop.it
Research group Latitude has been looking at the way that the Web and digital evolution has, and will, change the way people tell stories in the future, focusing specifically on how ...
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The Persisting Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema by Martin Scorsese | The New York Review of Books

The Persisting Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema by Martin Scorsese | The New York Review of Books | Living Story | Scoop.it

Martin Scorsese: "We were living through the emotional truths on the screen, often in coded form, which these films from the 1940s and 1950s sometimes expressed in small things: gestures, glances, reactions between the characters, light, shadow. These were things that we normally couldn’t discuss or wouldn’t discuss or even acknowledge in our lives."

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Transmedia – When and Why?

Transmedia – When and Why? | Living Story | Scoop.it

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Favorite insight from author Simon Staffans: "There’s no contest here, at least not for me. Story is everything when it comes to transmedia. Is it a compelling and immersive story that has the weight and the bones to stretch to different platforms? Does it have a story world already in place, or is it easily conceivable how such a world could be designed and developed? Are the protagonists and antagonists (and side characters) suitable for a deeper mythology? Is it possible to sense the existence of a narrative superstructure somewhere along the road? If a project’s Story supports transmedia, you’re halfway there. If it doesn’t, don’t bother."

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, July 24, 2013 6:53 AM

Simon Staffans:  "Transmedia as such is, as many have pointed out over the years, not anything particularly new, despite the aura of buzzwordyness the term has acheived."

Marco Bertolini's curator insight, July 24, 2013 9:28 AM

Même si le concept de tranmédia est loin d'être neuf, son utilisation ne va pas de soi.  Quand et pourquoi l'utiliser ?  Quelques réflexions d'un spécialiste.

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Why Does Every Movie Released These Days Feel Exactly the Same? This Book.

Why Does Every Movie Released These Days Feel Exactly the Same? This Book. | Living Story | Scoop.it
If you’ve gone to the movies recently, you may have felt a strangely familiar feeling: You’ve seen this movie before.

 

"It’s not déjà vu. Summer movies are often described as formulaic. But what few people know is that there is actually a formula—one that lays out, on a page-by-page basis, exactly what should happen when in a screenplay. It’s as if a mad scientist has discovered a secret process for making a perfect, or at least perfectly conventional, summer blockbuster."


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Wilton Blake's comment, July 26, 2013 11:42 AM
Wow. I'm a screenwriter and huge Save The Cat! fan. So I posted it on their forum. I'm interested to see how they respond. Every story theory is a bit formulaic. Even suggesting that there must be a beginning, middle, and end.
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Kickstarter Before Kickstarter

Kickstarter Before Kickstarter | Living Story | Scoop.it

In 1713, Alexander Pope set out to translate 15,693 lines of ancient Greek poetry into English... How did Pope go about getting this project off the ground? Turns out he kind of Kickstarted it.

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It turns out, crowdfunding creative endeavors is nothing new.

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Egypt....Explained!

The situation in Egypt is extremely complicated and changing constantly. The arguments between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood go back over half a century and they are much more complicated than the press tends to give them credit for.

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Movie Story Type: Heist | Go Into The Story

Movie Story Type: Heist | Go Into The Story | Living Story | Scoop.it
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The first of a series of articles exploring 31 movie story types. Today, the heist: "... an intricate plot involving a group of people trying to steal something... The focus on heist movies is the intricate plot, twists and turns, who’s going to cheat, and who can you trust."

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MUST WATCH The Changing Shape of Cinema: The History of Aspect Ratio, by John P. Hess (18:15)

Posted by Robert Hardy on June 28, 2013 • 

 

"How often do we think about aspect ratios? Better yet, how often do we think about where all of our aspect ratios came from and the storied cinematic histories from which they were born? It’s an interesting question, not only for the sake of being more informed about the technical history of cinema, but also for having a better understanding of the implications of various aspect ratios on your film’s aesthetic and story. Hit the jump for an extensive video lesson on the history of the aspect ratio.

 

Filmmaker IQ has produced an awesome and in-depth course called “Everything You Need to Know About Aspect Ratio“. The first lesson from their course is a sprawling 18 minute exposé with all of the aspect ratio history you could ever want."

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Fred Harden's curator insight, July 4, 2013 8:45 PM

Yeah size matters but I'm reminded of Jean Cocteau who said "The next time I write a poem, I shall use a larger sheet of paper. The problem is in using archival images (all that 16mm, 8mm, VHS diary footage)  and destroying the composition when cropping it to 16x9. It looks old. It is.

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THE VIRTUAL WORLD LETS IN THE REAL ONE

THE VIRTUAL WORLD LETS IN THE REAL ONE | Living Story | Scoop.it
c.2013 The International Herald Tribune From The International Herald Tribune GAME DEVELOPERS LOOK TO ACTUAL SCANDALS AND WARS TO DRAW PLAYERS IN LONDON _ Computer and video games inspired by real-life events are a growing segment of the industry,...
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101 Best Written TV Series List

101 Best Written TV Series List | Living Story | Scoop.it
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From "I Love Lucy" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" to "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," great writing has always been available on television. Click on the "Read More" tab for insights into the creation of each show. And don't forget to check out the complete list of credited writers for all the shows here: http://wga.org/content/default.aspx?id=5085#1

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“Snow Fall,” “The Jockey,” and the Scourge of Bell-and-Whistle-Laden Storytelling

“Snow Fall,” “The Jockey,” and the Scourge of Bell-and-Whistle-Laden Storytelling | Living Story | Scoop.it
Last December, the New York Times published a story about something that happened during an avalanche. Something bad, I think, and likely thrilling, evocative, and perhaps, in the end, a stirring illustration of the strength of the human spirit.
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I am a fan of experimentations in Web journalism, including "Snow Fall," yet I agree that the balance between text and other elements is not there yet. I'm following the process with interest, though. How about you?

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You Can Do Anything: Must Every Kids' Movie Reinforce the Cult of Self-Esteem?

You Can Do Anything: Must Every Kids' Movie Reinforce the Cult of Self-Esteem? | Living Story | Scoop.it
Encouraging kids is fine, but films like Planes and Turbo take their messages to an extreme. Parents should turn to 1969's A Boy Named Charlie Brown for a reality check.
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How many of these movies capture kids' imaginations in the same way Peanuts did for earlier generations? Will they endure 40 years? Not if all they have to say is an empty, overly-enthusiastic "You can do ANYTHING!"

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Juliana Loh's comment, August 17, 2013 2:35 PM
Everytime i want to go back to 'simpler times', i watch a Peanut video. Then I realized that "simpler" times mean at least to me... something less 'preachy'. Peanuts characters didn't 'shout out' any bloated message... they just 'acted' naturally bringing with each character all the normal angst that kids and adults feel. That's how you develop characters that you can RELATE to. Nice post Alexis. You're right on the mark.
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Allowing people to tweet in movie theaters will ruin one of our greatest skills

Allowing people to tweet in movie theaters will ruin one of our greatest skills | Living Story | Scoop.it
This piece is a response to Hunter Walk's blog post "Reinvent the Movie Theater: wifi, outlets, low lights, second screen experience." Dear Hunter Walk, Much as I’d like to dismiss your desire to watch movies in a theater while texting, iMBDing,...
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Filmmaker Joshua Marsten ("Maria Full of Grace" and "The Forgiveness of Blood") argues on behalf of a Twitter-free movie-going experience. 

 

Favorite take-away: "Cinema is more than losing ourselves in a fantasy, it is immersing ourselves in another experience, another point of view, another subjectivity. [...] all that tweeting [...] and texting and emailing hones the opposite tendency. It develops the inability to focus, to imagine, to slow down, to reflect, to be in the moment."

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NFB announce brand new international documentary initiative! - i-Docs

NFB announce brand new international documentary initiative! - i-Docs | Living Story | Scoop.it
Great news from the NFB yesterday as they announce their new documentary initiative! The new multi-platform and eventually multi-lingual destination will...
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What’s the Eiffel Tower doing in China?

What’s the Eiffel Tower doing in China? | Living Story | Scoop.it
Two artists attempt to explain the Chinese phenomena of "copy towns," replica cities popping up across the country
Alexis Niki's insight:

While researching a new script involving Chinese characters who travel to Paris, I came across this article on Chinese "copy towns." Definitely a deeper story here--though I don't know what it is!

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Story and Technology: Forget second-screen apps. Today, the TV is the second screen

Story and Technology: Forget second-screen apps. Today, the TV is the second screen | Living Story | Scoop.it
People are using their iPads and mobile phones as the first screen while the TV is running in the background, so stop trying to make those silly second-screen apps.
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How does storytelling change when the second screen becomes the first screen?

 

From article: "...lose the buzzword, because it prevents you from understanding how people really interact with TV. You’re not building apps for the second screen, but for a multiscreen world."


Or to paraphrase, you're not telling stories for the second screen, but for a multiscreen world.

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Summer Screenings at the Frontline Club | Frontline Club London

Summer Screenings at the Frontline Club | Frontline Club London | Living Story | Scoop.it
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Exploring how technological changes shape the way we view and document the world. 
 

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Franklin Leonard, the Man Behind the Black List

Franklin Leonard, the Man Behind the Black List | Living Story | Scoop.it
By Adam Popescu Franklin Leonard sits in a plush seat high above the Sunset Strip at Soho House. Snug in...
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The Black List ranks the best unproduced Hollywood screenplays in any given year as ranked by studio and production company executives. 

 

Favorite insight: "The hive, apparently, can identify top material."

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Be nice to China: Hollywood risks 'artistic surrender' in effort to please

Be nice to China: Hollywood risks 'artistic surrender' in effort to please | Living Story | Scoop.it
Kowtowing to China has become a reflex for US film studios in search of a piece of booming – and lucrative – Chinese market
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When an Army of Artists Fooled Hitler

When an Army of Artists Fooled Hitler | Living Story | Scoop.it
A new documentary shares the story of the 23rd unit’s daring deceptions
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“It’s a great example of how many fantastic, amazing, sort of mind-bending stories there still are 70 years later coming out of WWII.” Indeed!

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Social Media Wars Told in 'Game of Thrones' Style [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social Media Wars Told in 'Game of Thrones' Style [INFOGRAPHIC] | Living Story | Scoop.it

Brian Anthony Hernandez:  "Social networks often put up their defenses against opposing social platforms. The social media wars are detailed in this Game of Thrones-themed infographic."


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Social media winter is coming! Love this infographic.

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Sandrine Delage (Borgé)'s curator insight, June 3, 2013 3:24 PM

Très drôle et instructif pour ceux qui aiment "Game of Thrones"

Fabio Gaist's comment, June 4, 2013 4:35 AM
Thanks. Shared on FB TW and LK!