A writer’s brain is constantly telling stories. It floats off into fantasy when we pass a homeless man on the street, or when we witness a marriage proposal or when our friends get divorced. Our brains go into overdrive wondering what could have happened, what will happen, where does it go from here? We tell ourselves stories. What if?
I recently read Storytelling for User Experience by Whitney Quesenbery & Kevin Brooks. While I enjoyed the book, it’s focus was primarily on how one uses the art of storytelling to communicate research findings, promote empathy and even sell design ideas to stakeholders. There was however, a great deal of focus within the book on how to listen. Seems simple enough right? You listen to things and people all day, every day. In actuality, active listening is hard work...
t’s not the first time on this blog I’ve highlighted great online video coming not from journalists, but from businesses. They’re the ones picking up the mantle of of video storytelling, embracing it and providing work for reporters, film makers and editors.
With traditional storytelling, the audience enters at a certain point and exits at a certain point. There’s control over when it begins and ends. With transmedia storytelling, you’re creating a world where people can enter and continue following the story as far as you take it.
Over time, we’ve argued over story. We’ve argued about stories. We’ve challenged our beliefs in them — just look at history. And over time, we’ve developed a sense of narrative by virtue of the channels we’ve created. Yet, ironically, we are bound to those channels by way of media and technology, and to a lesser extent, context. We always have been. If we can look at time as simply the measurement of intervals between events, its relegation to manufactured thinking, or its basis in historical relevance, this was the initial impetus for what has evolved as transmedia storytelling.
He shaved the rough patches, rinsed the steel blue blade, stood his brush upside down in its holder, and wiped his face with a light blue washcloth. He paused; his hands clutched the sides of the sink. He closed his eyes and bowed his head. His eyes opened and he stared into the mirror.
"Storytelling" as I understand it in comic book terms is the panel to panel communication of information. What are the decisions an artist makes in structuring and delivering a story that is coherent in orienting the reader and impactful in the delivery. It is often invisible when done correctly.
PhotoPhilanthropy believes strongly that future generations of photographers will perpetuate and expand upon the application of their skills for social good, and therefore, central to our efforts is encouraging and supporting students to participate in non-profit visual storytelling.
“Millions upon millions of people visit these tech news sites, because the narrative they chronicle is more important than it’s ever been,” Battelle writes. “Our industry impacts a huge swatch of society and culture, and increasingly is understood to be the core driver of pretty much all of business today.” And apart from contributing to a tech bubble, Battelle and Loizos think that the echo chamber crowds out better analysis and better stories in our news sources:
Gregg's Note: Heartbreaking story. Liam and Theo were a team, fast friends doing a dangerous job — searching out roadside bombs laid by insurgents in Afghanistan. The jovial British soldier and his irrepressible dog worked and played together for months, and died on the same day. On Thursday they came home together, flown back to Britain in a somber repatriation ceremony for the soldier remembered for his empathy with animals and the companion he loved. Lance Cpl. Liam Tasker, a dog handler with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was killed in a firefight with insurgents in Helmand Province on March 1 as he searched for explosives with Theo, a 22-month-old bomb-sniffing springer spaniel mix. The dog suffered a fatal seizure hours later at a British army base. Military officials won't go so far as to say Theo died of a broken heart — but that may not be far from the truth.
Colombia taught me a lesson about "the stories you cannot tell." Journalists and aid workers alike were careful not to reveal identities or talk about their passions in a way that could alarm the omnipresent domestic surveillance apparatus. I learned to do my work with the hairs at the back of my neck raised and my lips tight.
I think every photojournalist knows about his work and probably more about his philosophy of the Decisive Moment. This is when the photographer is thinking, “I need a figure in that space, but just any figure won’t do. It must no merely fill the space but also give the space a meaning that is as yet incomplete. The figure will need to have a credible reason for being there, will have to relate to the space in a significant way, and, above all, add something to it. His or hers appearance in that space must be considerable to make the resulting picture a clear expression of what I want to say.”
This is when the timing is just right for the photographer when they click the shutter and capture the subject in a context that helps tell a story in a very compelling way.
Susan Perrow is a story doctor. She writes, collects and documents stories that offer a therapeutic journey for the storyteller and listener – a positive, imaginative way of healing difficult situations.
At SXSW, CNET speaks with the film star about the mobile game built around his new flick, and about how games and movies can work together as good storytelling. Read this blog post by Daniel Terdiman on SXSW.
Barstow’s prior work has twice been awarded a Pulitzer Prize (one in partnership with Times reporter Lowell Bergman), and he has a long history with investigative reporting and narrative. In these excerpts from our conversation, he talks about applying narrative techniques in an investigative framework and the importance of bearing witness.
A bedtime story holds a little piece of magic. It has the power to lift words from the linear world of paperback and takes you on a journey escaping reality. Real or make-believe these stories reveal something about yourself. It tells secrets from the inner-workings of your imagination and taps into creativity you never knew you had. The art of storytelling may be as old as time, but for children and adults alike it is spoken bond built on curiosity, originality and most importantly, tradition.
When a person grabs a bound book of blank pages and begins to fill them, the resulting visual journals display fascinating stories, both deeply personal and oddly fulfilling. The unique storytelling device of multiple pages can allow the sketcher to expand, explore and reveal processes that the demands of producing a single image cannot afford.