"Stories are not the icing on the cake, it's the cake - it's everything," he adds. "Stories are the way we make sense of our world." And what are stories made of? Stories are our dreams he reminds and adds, "hits are not born in the head, they're born in the gut and the heart. The idea is when you're trying to get someone to do something, you need to connect to them viscerally and emotionally."
The real genius of the Interrotron is that it's a two-way street: the same mechanism gives the interviewee continuous eye contact with Morris, as well. No hiding behind a monitor while lobbing awkward questions for this director; Morris, who's known to interview people for literally dozens of hours, doesn't fake the intimacy you see on camera. It's the real outcome of an intensely human process
I decided to write the book now because we’re living in an age of acute economic uncertainty and rapid technological change. It is not the 0’s and 1’s of the digital world, but the ooh’s and aah’s of telling your stories that can overcome fear and make the powerful emotional connections in its listeners, compelling them to act. Using the power to sell products, build brands, foster relationships, and change history is your single most powerful advantage.
The working memory area of our brain can hold only seven (plus or minus two) bits of information! To hang on to this information, we must consciously decide whether or not to make a permanent record of it. Every time we’re presented with new information, the previous information can be pushed out. The only way to remember these facts is to make them mean something to us.
In a move that will enable advertisers to buy as well as re-publish messages that users voluntarily post about brands, social networking giant Facebook Tuesday announced a new advertising program known as ‘Sponsored Stories.’
Mid-term elections, cities crippled by snow, a homicide epidemic, and hundreds of bicycles materializing in the middle of late-night traffic — they’re not just news stories, they’re ongoing experiences.
That led Burt Herman, a former AP bureau chief and correspondent, to re-evaluate the way that news organizations research and assemble their stories. The result is Storify, a tool that allows editors and reporters to integrate social media into their stories faster and more interactively than ever before.
"It isn’t easy to get here,” Annie Proulx e-mailed from Bird Cloud, her six-hundred-forty-acre Wyoming ranch. In case that was too subtle a warning, she added, “I loathe interviews and getting me to sit still for a whole day is unprecedented.”
During the storytelling session, the children’s active participation and high level of engagement was evident in their facial expressions and responses. As the age group of the children who attended vary from two and a half to eleven years, some of the vocabulary used in the book may be difficult for younger children to understand. Through a conversational Q&A interjected in my storytelling, young children were able to acquire advanced vocabulary for their literacy development. It was very heartening to see children raising their hands to explain their version of what a certain phrase or word means.
There are so many creative ways to use technology to inspire children’s storytelling. With the right tools, you’ll be amazed what your budding author will think up.
This is one of the reasons why we developed the Comic book maker in GoGo Kabongo. We wanted to enable kids to create their own comic scenes from the whimsical images and wacky characters that make up the GoGo Kabongo world.
Lessons are always best remembered with stories. Even hard-core financial information. With that in mind, Thomson Reuters just launched its new branding campaign today: The Knowledge Effect, which touts the benefits of providing professionals in the legal, healthcare and accounting industries the information they need, via Thomson Reuters' range of professional products and services.
A mysterious virus is turning the adults of Park City, Utah into sleepwalking zombies. So goes the premise behind Lance Weiler’s Pandemic 1.0, an interactive storytelling experience that unfolds over five days at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In a twist on the festival’s theme of “Be Here”, Pandemic 1.0 offers those not at the festival a chance to participate by playing along with people at Sundance. Together they have 120 hours to stop the spread of the disease, and time is running out.
Minutes before he was to take the stage, Sol hurried into the room. When his turn came, he gave a first-person narrative of a slave who had rowed hundreds of others to freedom. Sol was a natural storyteller. When he performed, he was the story. Though he was the only white child in his class, Sol crawled so completely into the character his skin color didn’t matter.
Brain Juicer asked study participants to note whenever they had an emotional reaction while watching an ad and describe how they felt from moment-to-moment. From this data, the agency matched emotional reactions with participants’ intentions to act on the messages being presented.
The spirituality of imperfection, steeped in the rich traditions of the Hebrew prophets and Greek thinkers, Buddhist sages and Christian disciples, is a message as timeless as it is timely. This insightful work draws on the wisdom stories of the ages to provide an extraordinary wellspring of hope and inspiration to anyone thirsting for spiritual growth and guidance in these troubled times.
I tell a lot of stories when I teach, but not generally stories about my life or past stories of students. I use story-telling as a vehicle for explaining concepts that are difficult to understand when abstracted in symbols.
The Pixel Report is brought to you by Power to the Pixel‘s Liz Rosenthal & Tishna Molla. The website is devoted to showcasing new forms of storytelling, film-making and cross-media business development that is in tune with an audience-centred digital era. It is an essential tool for content creators, a vital resource for policy-makers & funding bodies and a unique guide for anyone interested in the future of film and the media.
I was having dinner with Bob Dotson of NBC one night in Charlotte, and he explained to me that anyone can tell a story. But those who tell compelling, rich stories tell ones with layers and layers of messages…each connected with a single red string that crescendo at the right time, allowing the audience to full see the message through the subject(s) eyes and ears.
Lowlifes is a collaboration between filmmaker, Robert Pratten, and me, where we tell a story from different character points of view using various media. The book tells the story from point of view of the protagonist, a San Francisco Police Inspector. The short film gives the viewpoint of a PI investigating the cop.
But there is a problem in all of this storytelling business. The term itself is running the risk of overexposure. It is on the brink of jargon status and I fear that it will soon need to be placed on a shelf next to other buzzwords. I worry that the title is about to become a marketing cliche. Which would not bode well for a lot of us in this field.
It should be no surprise to us in this burgeoning age of conscious consumerism that we would want more than just the same old sustainable tale. In fact, as consumers seek to have more storied clothing in 2011, forward-thinking designers are realizing that the more story a garment can weave within, the more appealing it is to buy. This requires not only a tremendous amount of serious thought towards the actual clothing design, but a knowledge of story and where to draw from.