22 posts tagged storytelling

Find Your Greatness

The caliber of Nike’s ads is consistently high, but I especially enjoyed this one that aired during the Olympics. The core message is pure storytelling—and storytelling that the audience can put themselves into, no less.

Further, how do we give people hope if they can’t mentally put themselves in the shoes of someone who is close to their situation, but maybe just a step or two ahead?

That said, a lot of people thought the ad mocked its subject, Nathan, a 12-year-old who is overweight. It makes me wonder: how are we supposed to have a candid conversation about overcoming obesity in our society if we don’t acknowledge the people (and especially the children) that are affected by it? Further, how do we give people hope if they can’t mentally put themselves in the shoes of someone who is close to their situation, but maybe just a step or two ahead?

Yes, Nike stands to make money if a greater number of overweight people decide to take up running or walking and need to buy athletic shoes. But would that really be a bad side-effect of inspiring people to face up to some of their own, personal adversity?

(via @IvoMinjauw)

Address Is Approximate

by Tom Jenkins

A beautiful and amazingly-executed stop-motion story about toys that travel the world without ever leaving the office that is their home.

(via Dustin Henderlong)

The Dark Side of the Lens

Fantastic short-film. It’s an autobiographical documentary of Mickey Smith, a surfer/photographer. It’s at once intense, beautiful, and raw.

(via ISO50)

To Slow Down The Time: Stories

I’ve been following Matthew Allard’s lovely tumblr for a while and have really enjoyed reading the stories—or even bits of stories—that he writes and publishes from time to time. He’s been working on a book of short stories, written to illustrations by Ian Dingman and it’s just about out.

I love the concept. Normally you ask an illustrator to create some art based on stories that have already been written (or, at least, concepts), but Matthew and Ian did it the other way around.

He announced the pre-sale while I was taking a bit of an internet break, so, as of this post, he’s sold out of the custom hardcover edition. But you can still pre-order the paperback edition.

My order is in. What are you waiting for?

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Remembering Anchorage in the Seventies

by Stephen Cysewski

Remembering Anchorage in the Seventies

This entire photoset by Stephen Cysewski is amazing. It makes me not simply want to visit Anchorage, but wish I could go back in time and visit it in that very specific period. It looks rough, at times dreary, but at the edge of a frontier: a life without pretense. It draws me in and makes me want to craft the stories that go behind the photos.

Be sure to check out his blog and flickr for a lot of other wonderful photos.

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The Sandpit

by Sam O’Hare

I’m such a sucker for these kinds of short films. This one takes a slightly different look at New York City. No skylines, no subways, or any of the cliché landmarks. For some reason it makes the lives that are being filmed seem more real or human.

Check it out on Vimeo for HD or get some more information in an interview with the filmmaker. He put over 35,000 still images into this thing. Amazing.

Poison & Wine

by The Civil Wars

Props to Joshua Blankenship for posting and thus reminding me of this amazing video. I don’t know when I first saw it, but I remember thinking it was one of the most captivating and haunting music videos I’d seen in a while. Unlike a lot of videos it enhanced the story of the song, Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars

The short film was produced & directed by Becky Fluke.

Joy Williams, one half of The Civil Wars duo (and I name I keep hearing more and more about) says this about the song:

“Poison & Wine is a musical snapshot about the dichotomy of love—that while it can be the thing that destroys you, it can also be the very same thing that beckons and builds you. JP [John Paul White] and I are both married have been for several years now – and we got to talking one day about what a tug and pull our individual relationships can be. The longer you know someone—and the longer you allow someone to know you—the more the light and shadows inside each person become more vivid. This song was our attempt at being as brutally honest about the dangerous and beautiful process of knowing and being known.

(emphasis mine)

The Rise of Social Media is Really a Reprieve

Humans are naturally drawn to stories. I think she’s right.

(via @skaw)