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The many dimensions of story and how it affects our lives.
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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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[INFOGRAPHIC] Mobile penetration is 108% in France, and 15% of the country owns a Tablet - Rude Baguette

[INFOGRAPHIC] Mobile penetration is 108% in France, and 15% of the country owns a Tablet - Rude Baguette | Living Story | Scoop.it
Rude Baguette • France's Startup Blog: I am often asked by other journalists, entrepreneurs, and investors why I cover the French tech market. In an effort to avoid the disappointingly obvio
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Steven Soderbergh’s State Of Cinema Talk

Steven Soderbergh’s State Of Cinema Talk | Living Story | Scoop.it
Here is the full transcript of director Steven Soderbergh's keynote at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival delivered Saturday. At first he
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I have always admired Soderbergh's perspective. Favorite insight from this article: "...art is simply inevitable. It was on the wall of a cave in France 30,000 years ago, and it’s because we are a species that’s driven by narrative. Art is storytelling, and we need to tell stories to pass along ideas and information, and to try and make sense out of all this chaos. And sometimes when you get a really good artist and a compelling story, you can almost achieve that thing that’s impossible which is entering the consciousness of another human being – literally seeing the world the way they see it. Then, if you have a really good piece of art and a really good artist, you are altered in some way, and so the experience is transformative and in the minute you’re experiencing that piece of art, you’re not alone."

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My two-day “House of Cards” bender

My two-day “House of Cards” bender | Living Story | Scoop.it
Netflix's new series seizes upon our desire to watch a whole season at once. Does it have to be good to draw us in?
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Ball of Steel Goes Into the Writing Room and Behind the Lines with DR

Ball of Steel Goes Into the Writing Room and Behind the Lines with DR | Living Story | Scoop.it
Jeanne Veillette Bowerman goes into the writing room with Doug Richardson to learn from his 30 years of screenwriting experience.
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Jeanne Veillette Bowerman on the hard work of taking feedback and perfecting a script. This is what it takes, folks.

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17 Storytelling Tips for Startups from Founder Institute Mentor Tyler Crowley

17 Storytelling Tips for Startups from Founder Institute Mentor Tyler Crowley | Living Story | Scoop.it
France's Startup Blog - Covers Paris Tech, Mobile & Web entrepreneurs/investors, balancing breaking news with in-depth analysis.
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My latest Guest post for Rude Baguette. Each of these tips merits a post of its own!

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Moses and the Passover Story - The Kids Version

Created by Alon Chitayat (animishmish.com) and Dori adar Director of design & animation: Alon Chitayat Director of shooting & editing: Dori Adar Producer: Ta...
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The Passover story as told by children. Delightful! Happy Passover to all who celebrate.

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On The Rise: 10 Screenwriters To Watch In 2013

On The Rise: 10 Screenwriters To Watch In 2013 | Living Story | Scoop.it
Screenwriters historically get a rough ride in Hollywood. If a film works, they're normally skipped over when it's time to hand out the credit; if it doesn't they're the first to be blamed.
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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."


Via The Digital Rocking Chair
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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"

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Thanks. Shared on FB TW and LK!
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Digital and the the desire for long form journalism

Digital and the the desire for long form journalism | Living Story | Scoop.it
Rather than entering a new age of distraction and superficiality, digital disruption is actually increasing demand for news and long form stories...
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Is the future of journalism bleak or promising? According to this article, there's "plenty of evidence to suggest that contemporary developments are building on and encouraging a healthy appetite for engagement with news and information."

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Amazon Unlocks The Value Of Fan Fiction With 'Kindle Worlds'

Amazon Unlocks The Value Of Fan Fiction With 'Kindle Worlds' | Living Story | Scoop.it
In a funny way, fan fiction is the purest form of literary art there is, the one most untainted by commerce.
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More Cracks In TV’s Business Model

More Cracks In TV’s Business Model | Living Story | Scoop.it
Television has thrived on bundling, which offers a way of protecting things but also tends to obscure the weaknesses within. Now those flaws are becoming more apparent.
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An interesting read coming on the heels of this year's MIPTV conference. 

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These Amazing Images Are What Happens When You Ask A Stranger To Draw Your Facebook Photo

These Amazing Images Are What Happens When You Ask A Stranger To Draw Your Facebook Photo | Living Story | Scoop.it
Perhaps at some point in the recent past, a Facebook friend request from a stranger was a curiosity. ("Who could it be?
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A fascinating project exploring engagement and intimacy online.

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Why a Failed Pilot Actually Means Success (Guest Column)

Why a Failed Pilot Actually Means Success (Guest Column) | Living Story | Scoop.it

The pilot writer in January, like Schrodinger's cat, is alive and dead at the same time.

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How failing in Hollywood shows you're good enough to have made it that far.

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A Decade Later, A 360-Degree View of the Iraq War Through Personal Stories

A Decade Later, A 360-Degree View of the Iraq War Through Personal Stories | Living Story | Scoop.it
GOOD is a global community of people and organizations working towards individual and collective progress.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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Very powerful. My favorite insight: “Ten years later, our mistaken invasion of Iraq has taught me three things: questioning the value of the fight is never unpatriotic and is crucially necessary; I personally own the actions of my government and I must stay engaged; and investment in education and economies prevents conflict. I hope we’ve learned the same lessons as a country. The cost is far too high to learn them again.” -- A former Army Officer

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:25 PM

A very powerful and personal look at America's involvement in Iraq.

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Storytelling for Social Change at Facebook | Filmmaker Magazine

Storytelling for Social Change at Facebook | Filmmaker Magazine | Living Story | Scoop.it
Tuesday night Facebook hosted a panel discussion about social issue-oriented transmedia at their office in midtown Manhattan. The event was co-sponsored by the

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Simon Staffans's curator insight, March 23, 2013 1:16 AM

How to use transmedia for social change; "Half The Sky" an example.