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We have always been storytellers, since the beginning of time.
As children, we play make-believe, because it’s a powerful tool for putting us in a place we want to be. We get transported to these places through stories, and it helps us envision what another experience is like. It creates empathy and understanding because good stories engage both our head and our hearts.
The Narrative arc is a common and vital element. You need tension and resolution. Here is typically how most stories work:1stphase: intro characters, setting. Grab attention in first 6 seconds.2nd phase: situation, tension grows, problems occur3rd phase: moment of truth, action to relieve tension.Or: Act 1 put a kitten in a treeAct 2. Put the kitten higher in the treeAct 3. Get him downWith all communication, (wrtiten, oral, video, etc.) you want to grab a person’s attention right away. With video, you need to grab a person’s attention in the first 6 seconds of a video our you lose them. Often, you start with the most dramatic thing. Have 6 seconds to do it.
Puppets on the run http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iHbvItcFPQ An example of a video I made to grab attention and in 60 seconds tell a story with tension, drama, narrative arc. It is used on my blog to grab attention and draw them to then read the related blog article on my website to learn more.http://www.tukeinternationalconsulting.com/blog.htmlChildren need a bailout too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAp0h_eSi4Y Another good example of a very simple video, almost a point and shoot video, talking head, but the story is good and a great character delivering the lines. “Gift of Voice’ principleIn our hands: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdpd3roZjYw&f A video with no audio narration, but creates contrast between opening hi-tech medical scene and simplistic solution for clean water. Music comes up at end (change of pace when you want a dramatic turn in emotion, in this case, to inspire). Chloe’s choice, a Seattle U student in class : “Here's a video I think is really compelling and smart. It's called "I Forgot My Phone." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OINa46HeWg8 “I really think this video encompasses the principles we talked about in class on Thursday. The video is extremely relevant to American culture and I was sucked into it well before 6 seconds. While there is no narration to the video, you are able to tell exactly who the subject is and what the point of the video is. All five of the shots are used in the video- close up, side-shot, point of view shot, face shot, and setting shot. The lighting and audio are not studio perfect, but it works for the video because I think you're supposed to kind of get an amateur feeling, like you're the one filming it. Even with that, you can clearly see and hear what is going on. Overall, I thought it was a really well made video with an interesting message.” -Chloe DuBois
2:30. Give this assignment, giving students 5-7 min to do the timelinen then pick one turning point in their own life to write about.Have them write for 15 min. Have them concentrate in their writing on points 3 and 4 in particular. Time permitting, you can have students share with class as a whole what they experienced in writing the piece. A couple people might then even want to read story to whole class and share experience in writing it.Often times, you will get those who think about the principles first (analytic) then write the story, based on that. Then after they write it, they use their creative side of brain to try to make it more interesting, creative, compelling. Others (intuitive, creative side of mind) start with just writing, letting it flow, then go back and critique it with analytic side. This is a good point to make. Few people can make their brain be both creative and critical at the same time, nor should they. Either can be a starting place, is the point.
Storytelling presentation Social Media and Global Change
Central idea with action sequence. Bait
Reflection on larger meaning
Point of view
Gift of voice
A concise message
Video example: Darias Story
Puppets on the run
Children need a bailout too
In your hands
Make a timeline for your life, plot Big
moments, turning points.
Pick one. Write for 10 min about it.
Shape it into a narrative arc, identify “what
happens” and “reflection”
Select what you will start with first to grab