What is storytelling vis a vis web sites?

What is storytelling?The word “storytelling” has a lot of buzz about it these days — from film to web.

You can understand how important storytelling is to film and video.

When you tell a good story, you involve your audience, who identifies with one or more characters. Screenwriting guru Robert McKee talks a lot about stories in this Harvard Business Review interview.

Good stories light up the imaginations of those who are reading, hearing, or experiencing them in other ways. (more…)

Residencies for media artists and writers

hawthornden castle retreat for writers and artistsThere are many opportunities to spend time away from home both refining, working on, and teaching your craft. I’ll publish them as I find them.

Weir Farm Trust (November-April, Wilton, CT) – Residencies of 2-4 weeks for film, video, and multimedia artists (in addition to visual artists of all types). Organization provides housing, studio, and stipend ($500 per month). (more…)

Movie and TV scripts and screenplays online

English: Example of screenplay formatting. Wri...

Example of screenplay formatting. Writing is own work. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For purchase: Movie and TV scripts and screenplays online

  • Book City Script Shop The Book City Script Shop has been the place to go for movie and television scripts for more than 30 years. Buy 3 scripts, get 1 additional script FREE! Buy 5 scripts, get 2 additional scripts FREE! Buy 10 scripts, get 5 additional scripts FREE!
  • Movie Scripts Buying Guide  If you’re looking for authentic original scripts and memorabilia, read this guide with links to items for sale and bid.
  • Script City Script City claims they “have it all.” All scripts are in their original screenplay format. From $10 to $15. Scripts are in either .pdf or print format.
  • Script fly movie scripts in their original format, usually ranging from $15 to $25; specials offered for as low as 2.99. Most scripts delivered electronically; some only available in hard copy.

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Film and video light bulb jokes

Film and video jokesFilm and video light bulb jokes

Why are light bulb jokes so popular and who told the first light bulb joke? Let me know.

Q: How many actors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Nine: one to screw it in and the other eight to hold the mirror.

Q: How many grips does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Two: One to hold it, one to hammer it in.

Q: How many grips does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: That’s electric’s job. (more…)

Video 101: Make a video that works

Lighting and video slateHow to make a video that works — sounds much easier than it really is.

I’ve watched many companies make videos that don’t do the job intended. Their motivational videos don’t motivate. Their training videos don’t train. Their sales videos don’t sell. They’ve spent anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000 to create this product — how can the product fail? (more…)

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