To make sense of the disparate while retaining the ability to function. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Brief Note: I'll keep this entry short and provide some excellent resources that you can look into further, part of learning is the reward of discovering the facts for yourself. Just like stories never give you 2 + 2.
I am not an expert of storytelling, but I have always had an interest in learning what makes a great story work and how to execute the perfect formula. I used to write my own short stories... however, I feel they were never any good mainly because I never fully understood how to tell a story before; in my course, I collaborate with a team to create student films... some good others not so good. I recently watched a video on YouTube called "There Are No Film Prodigies", (there is a link below if you're interested) straight after completing yet another student film. After finalising my research for a report, in which I investigated the potential of immersive storytelling in VR as the new form; I collected a lot of interesting research that has broadened my mind to telling stories, and how we conceive them. I am still an amateur, excited to continue my journey and explore even further down the rabbit hole.
Here are some interesting books specifically on storytelling that I have learned and gained knowledge from:
It's one thing to have a good idea, but without a strong execution, your ideas can fall flat. This is something I've learned when telling my own stories is that ideas are easy to come by, everyone has their grand idea of the stories they wish to tell... but 99% of the time those ideas will not become successful without a plan to execute them.
An artist to follow: Matthew Luhn [ex-Pixar Story Consultant], has a twitter page you can follow. I do and it is great, his tweets are helpful tips that explain how a story works and also explaining full-proof formulas of execution for successful stories.
Have you ever read a book and really felt like you were there and that the characters were real... watched a movie and dreamed you could do exactly what the hero can and achieve the impossible. Yeah, me too... a story can connect us consciously or unconsciously. All life is a story, as experiences we share with one another every day of our lives, which is later passed as oral storytelling. Storytelling is as old as human communication, itself, and was conceived from our understanding and making sense of the world.
Why it matters to us is because it encourages a sense of purpose, understanding, and moral values which make us aspire to be great and do better. Or, simply why stories matter is because it arouses the pursuit of happiness, and the belief that the impossible is possible - it plays off our desires. My favourite combinations are good food and a story, that is why I love Ratatouille so much, I think it's genious... these were the same reasons why the director made the movie too.
Recommended Blogs to follow: Mark Kennedy, Story Artist for Disney, this is his blog covering every topic about film and story - sevencamels.blogspot.co.uk
Lastly, I will leave you with the words from an expert storyteller, John Green Why Stories Matter - John Green (NerdCon: Stories 2015)
Matt Luhn, (2017) Flashbacks. [Twitter] Available from: https://twitter.com/MatthewLuhn/status/819958766770667520
The Art of Storytelling, (2017) Why Story Matters. Available from: http://theartofstoryproject.com/the-story/why-story-matters/
The Royal Ocean FilmSociety, (2016) There Are No Film Prodigies. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ei5oatPaCI
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