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Where’s the Story?

September 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

So I’m taking a class at CUNY called  Video for the Web.  We are tasked with completing a 2-3 minute profile piece at the end of the 5 week session.  At first I was like “I’m ready let’s go do it,” and then as I sat in the class I realized there is so much more that goes into telling a compelling story.   I have achieved some things by “flying by the seat of my pants” from time to time.  I guess now it’s called “acting as if.”  But I can’t fly if I want to get this right.  “Right” as in doing my absolute best.  I have tons to learn.  I know 5 weeks isn’t nearly enough time but,  I feel that this digging deeper into someone’s story and finding new ways to tell it is where I want to be.  So on that note I’m going to end this post with an excerpt from Ira Glass on Storytelling.

So I took a weekend workshop at CUNY School of Journalism  titled CUNY J-Camp: Video Storytelling Bootcamp.   I loved it.

I want to tell not just good stories but stories that help shine a light on the person – the real person.  I know that might sound lofty but I don’t really care at this moment.  The story is important but to me the person behind the story is who I want to get to know.

Anyway – we did an video exercise around  “object of meaning”  that we each brought in.  Working in pairs we put together a 60 second clip about our partner.  Here’s mine.

What would your “object of meaning” be?