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.
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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?