Talent is overrated. Geoff Calvin wrote a few years back a book about it. Only by doing hard work you will achieve great things (so they say).
Storytelling is craft.
So you can learn it.
It is about suffering, starting over, enduring a crusade to find the right narrative. But once you see your piece of work evolve from an idea to a compelling story, it is magic.
Storytelling is about learning from other people’s work, getting inspired by other people’s work and create your own visual style.
Here are some great blogs on the art of storytelling.
A medium blogpost by Josh Stearns; director, Journalism & Sustainability for @GRDodge Foundation en formerly Press Freedom Director @freepress. Stearns collects 30 amazing, immersive journalism projects that caught his attention last year.
His remark: This year new digital tools and networks seemed to influence every aspect of the storytelling process. From sensors to structured journalism, crowdsourcing to podcasting, new modes of journalism that have been emerging over the last decade took huge strides forward this year. Communities of practice grew up around new models of storytelling to formalize norms, grapple with ethical and technical questions and tackle issues of sustainability.
“What sound is to music, is conflict to story.” – Robert McKee
Robert McKee is the most sought after screenwriting lecturer around the globe. He has dedicated the last 30 years to educating and mentoring screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, poets, documentary makers, producers, and directors internationally. Those who have learned from McKee have called him “the Aristotle of our time” because of his insight into the substance, structure, style, and principles of the grand art of story.
Peter Jackson (writer/director THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy, THE HOBBIT) has lauded him as “The Guru of Gurus.”
McKee’s former students include over 60 Academy Award Winners, 200 Academy Award Nominees, 200 Emmy Award Winners, 1000 Emmy Award Nominees, 100 WGA (Writers Guild of America) Award Winners, 250 WGA Award Nominees, and 50 DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award Winners, 100 DGA Award Nominees. (from his website)
Mediastorm is a Brooklyn based production company, founded by Brian Storm. They describe themselves as an award-winning film production and interactive design studio whose work gives voice and meaning to the most pressing issues of our time. Our stories demystify complex issues, humanize statistics, and inspire audiences to take action on issues that matter.
Mediastorm sets the boundaries in reporting and creating compelling stories, sometimes with interactive graphics.
Bombay Flying Club could be Mediastorm’s little brother. They are also an international and award winning multimedia collective working with high quality photojournalism, DSLR video, interactive media production and storytelling. Their clients are medias, organizations, NGOs, companies and journalistic institutions all over the world.
A blog and site by David Dunkley Gyimah. Gyimah is a videojournalist avant la lettre. On his blog boundaries between all sorts of platforms disappear and he is keen on participating in the discussion on the future of news. In Germany, David got an International award for videojournalism for his film 8 Days. It featured the UK’s first newspaper journalists attempting to become videojournalists on the UK’s Press Association scheme.
Check also videojournalism.co.uk