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The many dimensions of story and how it affects our lives.
Curated by Alexis Niki
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Something Sketchy: A Beginner's Guide to Storyboarding

Something Sketchy: A Beginner's Guide to Storyboarding | Living Story | Scoop.it
Storyboarding is a great way to encourage creative expression, so whether you’re ready to map out a feature film, or just curious how to pick up the practice, here’s everything you need to know to get started.
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Storyboarding as a creative tool for everyone.

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Oculus Rift Review: Rejoice, for the Age of [:] ) Has Begun

Oculus Rift Review: Rejoice, for the Age of [:] ) Has Begun | Living Story | Scoop.it
The famous face-computer finally begins shipping this week. Will it change everything?
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Storytellers, are you exploring/creating VR yet?

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How Improv Made Its Way into Corporate America | VICE | United States

While it's hard to imagine a buttoned-up CEO playing classic improv games, improvisational workshops are becoming fashionable in corporate America.
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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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The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something Out

The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something Out | Living Story | Scoop.it
Leave it incomplete so others can complete it.

Via Dr. Karen Dietz
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When telling a story for business or otherwise, what you leave out can be as important as what you put in.

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Lydia Gracia's curator insight, October 2, 2014 2:15 PM

Une histoire à compléter par vos clients... ce n'est peut être pas la même mais c'est son expérience de vous!

Valerius Terapeuta Holistico's curator insight, October 3, 2014 10:29 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

Michael Williams StoryCoaching's curator insight, October 5, 2014 3:11 PM

Great storytellers know that by leaving out a lot of unnecessary description, you engage your listener's imagination. "Suggest, don't tell." Give your audience the silence and space to engage with the story. If not, they become passive as you are doing all the imaginative work for them. This article gives some media examples of this in practice.

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The Family Stories That Bind Us — This Life

The Family Stories That Bind Us — This Life | Living Story | Scoop.it
Studies indicate that children learn resilience when they hear what their relatives before them have faced.
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An interesting article on how family narratives can lead to happier, more secure children. 

 

Favorite quote: “The most healthful narrative,” Dr. Duke continued, “is the third one. It’s called the oscillating family narrative: ‘Dear, let me tell you, we’ve had ups and downs in our family. We built a family business. Your grandfather was a pillar of the community. Your mother was on the board of the hospital. But we also had setbacks. You had an uncle who was once arrested. We had a house burn down. Your father lost a job. But no matter what happened, we always stuck together as a family.’ ”

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What makes a great screenplay?

What makes a great screenplay? | Living Story | Scoop.it
From Casablanca to The Killing – the elements of a great script are essentially the same. John Yorke – reveals how and why the best screenwriting works

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The art and the discipline of screenwriting. A long read but worth it.

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, March 16, 2013 12:39 AM

How to take basic story structure and turn it into great screenwriting ....

Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, March 18, 2013 11:35 AM

The art of screenwriting.

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Story Worldwide's Storytelling Matrix

Story Worldwide's Storytelling Matrix | Living Story | Scoop.it

Omar Kattan: "This excellent video by Story Worldwide has been featured on Brand Stories for a while now. Not sure if you’ve seen it? If you haven’t, it’s definitely worth your time" ...


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Dan Rather on how social media has changed TV news: ‘A deadline every nanosecond’

Dan Rather on how social media has changed TV news: ‘A deadline every nanosecond’ | Living Story | Scoop.it

Natan Edelsburg: "The role TV played in Rather’s reporting from interviewing Martin Luther King Jr. to endless presidents paints a clear picture of how TV became the mass medium it is today that complements the social web" ...


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The Ten-Dollar Founding Father Without a Father: Teaching and Learning With 'Hamilton'

The Ten-Dollar Founding Father Without a Father: Teaching and Learning With 'Hamilton' | Living Story | Scoop.it
How will you teach with this “revolutionary musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind and turning the world upside down”? Here are some ideas for subjects across the curriculum.
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The New Theater Trend You Have to Try This Year

The New Theater Trend You Have to Try This Year | Living Story | Scoop.it
Why be an audience member when you can be a participant?
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The dangers of auteur TV: How “True Detective” went from critical darling to laughingstock

The dangers of auteur TV: How “True Detective” went from critical darling to laughingstock | Living Story | Scoop.it
A single strong vision can be a wonderful thing for a show — or it can be its downfall
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Favorite quote: The problem with auteurism is that sometimes you get, say, “Taxi Driver” or “The Godfather.” And sometimes you get “Heaven’s Gate” or “The Bonfire of the Vanities.”

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Story Woes of a Multi-Hyphenate

Story Woes of a Multi-Hyphenate | Living Story | Scoop.it
An interesting question came up during my latest workshop, Boost Your Career With Storytelling. One of the participants was a graphic designer-artist-musician—that is, a professional and creative multi-hyphenate, like many of the people I coach.
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The Evolution of Texting in Television and Film

The Evolution of Texting in Television and Film | Living Story | Scoop.it
How do you show a character texting in a movie or TV show and make it interesting? Filmmakers are finding new ways.
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In a world where we're always connected, it's implausible for fictional characters not to be. Equally implausible is having them read their text messages out loud to nobody in particular. Integrating text messages in a film seamlessly is tricky, as is finding ways to deprive characters of their mobile phones in moments of dramatic peril. Here are some things people have tried, with varied success. How about you? Have you come up with interesting ways to weave today's technology into your visual storytelling?

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The Pixar Perspective on The Necessity of Trailers

The Pixar Perspective on The Necessity of Trailers | Living Story | Scoop.it

Josh Spiegel:  "Great movie trailers are something of a lost art. While we are overloaded with ads for every new big-budget movie these days, they’re getting more obnoxious, cacophonous, and ruinous" ...


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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, March 20, 2013 4:15 AM

All the more reason to take a transmedia storytelling approach to film marketing :)

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 21, 2013 5:05 AM

teaching about film can be enhanced with the use of trailers. Analyzing the importance off them, the structure of them and the key features is a great way in to film study.

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The Key Thing Entrepreneurs Need to Understand About Storytelling • Rude Baguette

The Key Thing Entrepreneurs Need to Understand About Storytelling • Rude Baguette | 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 blog post for the Rude Baguette. Enjoy!

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Why Remakes Are One of Our Greatest Achievements as a Civilization

Why Remakes Are One of Our Greatest Achievements as a Civilization | Living Story | Scoop.it

Annalee Newitz: "Whenever a reboot or remake of a movie comes out, people complain that it's "not original." When creators turn a book or comic into a TV show, critics sneer at Hollywood for having "no new ideas." But they're wrong."


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More series upending television's brand of storytelling

More series upending television's brand of storytelling | Living Story | Scoop.it

Randee Dawn: "Controversial finales, the killing off of major characters — dramas like 'The Walking Dead' and 'The Killing' are turning to such atypical creative choices in a reboot of TV writing" ...


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Robby Ball's comment, June 16, 2012 7:46 AM
Very nice