Dan Harmon makes a mockery of the term Born Storyteller. His Story Circle is his invisible storytelling tool and breaks new ground in great storytelling. If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m a HUGE FAN of Dan Harmon. He has written hundreed of episodes for TV shows that I’ve lost count. In fact after this short video you may already be able to identify some of them. Born Storyteller Harmon reaveals that Change is the key to any story. One tool he uses to perfection is the reveal. He builds and develops his characters in a way that they are always revealing something. And he does it in such a beautiful way. Born Storyteller – 8 Steps You. Need. Go. Search. Find. Take Return. Change. A nod to the original 17 stage Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell. Born Storyteller – Harmon Quest Available on the VRV Streaming platform, harmon Quest is fantastic. What a magical mix of improv and animation in front of a live studio audience. Its almost live story creation as you watch. Now watch, listen and go find a tale to tell! Image:By Brainflow [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons.
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]
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.
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]
Dave Lakhani Persuasive Story Telling Dave Lakhani translates The Myth Model of Great story telling to the business model with great clarity. Here in part 2 he weaves the classic story myths with myths of modern society. He illuminates the differences between down the myth, the reality and the lie and lays bare their use and misuse in society, business, branding and marketing. The Persuasive Business Story Watch a real insightful presentation packed with actionable and usable information. Presented in Dave Lakhani’s own very real style he shows the mastery of practical story telling in the modern world. Great interaction with his audience with great tips and direction. He has guaged the temperature of the room and delivers with consummate ease. His voice and tone are used to great effect. Here he shows mastery of the pause to keep the audience attention, to lead and to change direction of his presentation. So many skills packed into this presentation as he raises and lowers the tempo of his delivery.
First Person Arts StorySlam:Marjorie First Person Arts (FPA) is Philadelphia’s home for The StorySlam. This nonprofit presents true tales performed by established artists and everyday people at twice monthly StorySlams, the Annual First Person Arts Festival, the weekly First Person Arts Podcast, year-round Classes and Workshops, and Applied Storytelling programs. For more information about FPA and to listen to the Podcast, visit firstpersonarts.org
Great Storytelling Webinar By Speakers Academy Great storytelling webinar by the Speakers Academy. Chock full of juicy bits for telling great story. Presented brilliantly in question and answer format. Listen closely or some of the good stuff dusks under the radar. This great storytelling webinar is a regular watch for me and helps knit many strategies smoothly together.
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