Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ira Glass on Storytelling

The other media production teacher and I often talk about how our kids technical abilities are ahead of their storytelling skills. We can teach them to set up a shot, improve their sound and edit what they shoot. We haven't been as successful at teaching them to tell a story.

Often our best storytellers are our best writers. The students who have done well in Creative Writing or their English classes. These typically are not the kids attracted to our program though.

I've been putting some thought into this and doing a little reading and web surfing on the topic. Came across these videos on YouTube of Ira Glass, This American Life, talking about storytelling as it relates to video and radio. He has some good information here.

Storytelling #1: Two Building Blocks of a good story.

Storytelling #2: Finding a Good Story is time consuming.

Storytelling #3: It takes time to get good at your craft.

Storytelling #4: The pitfalls for beginners

[Image captured from This American Life:]

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