Here Kal Bashir disassembles the components of great storytelling with the monostory. His 2100+ stage hero’s journey is a treasure trove of great storytelling wisdom. Rooted and physical and psychological law, story must contain certain elements. One of the best videos on the site. Monostory Structure The fundamental element of all story is transformation. Moving from the initial start state to the final or end state is key. Or from the Ordinary World we exit to a new state. The new state is the physical representation of the new world. Acquiring certain intangibles here are always contributing to your readiness. Gaining capacities at this stage keeps the character and the story moving forward. In every new state the character enters there must be a version of a boon, atonement or apothiosis. They are either implied or explicit. They are leading to the end state of perfection. Monostory – Another Perspective All the hollywood stories contain these steps. In fact they are a requirement. Kal Bashir’s exhaustive analysis of countless movies shows the depths of the structure. Known also as monomyth, the monostory form has been used since stories were first told. Shakespeare used this structure. The Bible, the Vedas, the [More]
Great Story Technique With Ed Bradley Great Story Technique is an understatement when watching Ed Bradley’s magnificent ability to capture his audience’s attention. His great work centres around several skills here. His playbook of body language is subtle, thorough and extremely well thought out. As one of his ‘under the radar skills’ he has the abilty to subtly change direction of the conversation at will. It shows a real master of effortless conversation at work. For beginner, intermediate and experienced storytellers this story method is foundational. Head over to 1.18 of this video and watch how effortlessly powerful this skill is when used well. Great Story Technique Ed Bradley’s voice wraps his every word in a magical deliverability. His great story technique embodies subtle questions directed like a steel fist inside a velvet glove. Hearing what’s really being said is one of his unique abilities. It’s almost as if he has a yellow brick road of conversation already laid out even before he begins. We simply follow. Your Own Great Story Technique As one of the truly great interviewers Ed Bradley is high on the list of must-watch people. By using his body and posture masterfully, he is adept at [More]
Why We Tell Stories We started to tell stories at a very young age. Its one of the first things we were wired to do. Tall tales, porky pies, exciting stories and everything imaginable inbetween. And as we grow up that ability is still firmly entrenched in our psyche. Its just that some people tell stories more than others. Here we hear the unique concepts of touring poet, published author, and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E. Phil Kaye. His work can be found regularly in CHAOS Magazine. He has appeared on NPR, performed at Lincoln Center. Most recently coached and performed on the 2011 Providence National Poetry Team. He ranked third in the nation.
Persuade With The Story Theatre Method In The Power to Persuade with Story Theatre, Doug Stevenson deals with the use of stories to create an effect. regardless if it’s a true or fictive story, simple or extravagant, the same rules apply. Number 1 – it’s more memorable than regular advertising. And it’s a more successful way of attracting customers. Ulitmately he explains that with story, customers themselves will be advertising and spreading the word. Story Theatre Here in his Story Theatre Method for strategic storytelling Doug is a real magician. He does a wonderful magic trick, then takes you behind the curtain to show you his secrets. He explains the methods behind his own magic. What a wonderful presentation this is from a truly passionate storyteller and teacher. Great tempo, great connections between frames and a real alivenss on stage.
Great Storytelling Structures By Nancy Duarte Great Storytelling Structures explores why some presentations spellbinding and some not? Nancy Duarte shares with the audience the secret of compelling presentations. In this fascinating talk Nancy Duarte explains the model that she developed for designing transformative presentations. Strong Storytelling Structures She explains the essential qualities of an excellent presentation with examples. They are evident in the speeches of Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs. Nancy touches on the importance of strong presentation skills. She reminds us that its the only way to spread important ideas and to make sure that one is communicating ideas effectively. An excellent watch, well presented with great material. The examples she gives help to add significant weight to her already strong storytelling structures and ideas. Within these walls the tools of communicating our ideas with skill and precision bring our stories to life. I come back to this video regularly, always finding something I missed last time around. Always a sign of a presentation loaded with great material. A very well crafted piece.
The Storytelling Mystery Box By JJ Abrams Storytelling mystery box by JJ Abrams. In it he says “mystery is the catalyst for imagination”. He feels strongly that invoking wonder through mystery creates the environment for deeper and deeper engagement. His stoires thrive on propeling the imagination in this way. Brand Mystery Even great brands thrive on a little mystery to engage their audience and their customers. Using examples on screen he teaches his craft and opens the box to his own personal tried and tested tools and techniques. In full flow his presentation is magnificient with an endless list of examples to get his point across. JJ Abrams here demonstrating storytelling mystery and real mastery of his craft. Listen closely, there’s magic in action here.
Storyteller Poetess Sarah Kay Dazzling with rhythm and rhyme, this upbeat presentaion draws on storyteller poetess Sarah Kay’s own life experience to delight her audience. Quoting French poet Paul Valerie ‘a poem is never finished, it is only abandoned’ her self confessed obsessive nature keeps drawing her back to revisit her poetry. Poetry and Narritive Dancing effortlessly between narritive and poetry she conjures fantastic imagery sprinkled with sounds that make this a simply beautiful presentation. A remarkable skill, the storyteller poetess weaving both forms of story together so well, with so much passion and skill. Kay is the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E., founded in 2004, a group dedicated to using spoken word as an educational and inspirational tool.
Christopher Vogler’s Great Storytelling of The Writers Journey from #LondonSWF on Vimeo. Christopher Vogler’s Great Storytelling Christopher Vogler gives great insight into the use of The Hero’s Journey in story. How it’s flexibility in structure adapts to different stories is stylishly outlined here by a modern magician. Up front with his answers the author doesn’t shy away from the difficult questions which adds spice to vogler’s great storytelling. During the initial viewing, its easy to understand how this man’s expertise lies not only in the hero’s journey – but in diseminating its powerful information. The Hero’s Journey and Christopher Vogler’s Great Storytelling A great interviewer puts great questions from his own experience. Its as if Vogler is tuned-in completely and understands exactly where the interviewer is coming from. He answers extremely well indeed without fluff and padding to his answers. His explanations of the stories’ structure and how the clues they carry relate to life is just brilliant. Great language and clarity throughout this video. Check out his book The Writers Journey – the mythic structure for writers.
Great Story-Telling with John Carlton Hard hitting, concise and no-nonsense approach to great story-telling. John Carlton is known as the most ripped off copywriter on the planet. Filled with smashing metaphors, brilliant tips and techniques for great storytellers – regardless of their level of experience. Story-telling the Old Fashioned Way Carlton says watching old movies like Casablanca and King Kong is important. They help you discover the great plot points. This is as important as being an avid read to smarten up your storytelling he says. Meanwhile ‘chained to the typewriter’ and ‘pumping out TV shows’ are metaphors that hark back to the old days. That was back when television executives demanded great product and fast! John Carlton’s inimitable style is famous. Its real story theatre. Story-telling Experience Here he’s cutting through the fluff and getting straight to the point. Laced with great visual imagery too, its a captivating watch. Uncompromising and irreverent John Carlton’s marketing rebel copywriting club is famous. His simple writing system knocks spots of the competition. And his story-telling expertise is that of a grizzled veteran with a lfetime in the trenches. You’ll find his character matches his skill – a real rarity today. Experience and [More]
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