Telling Effective Stories

(1) 40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken
Source: http://www.themysteryworld.com/2012/06/40-of-most-powerful-photographs-ever.html
Great resource for students to work out a backstory from a single, grabbing image. I usually pick three or four images, and get my students to individually write a one-liner assessing the most possible plot and/or the photographer’s intent. After this, they get into groups of three or four to discuss and compare their possibilities – the banter is usually engaging. It is always fun when I reveal the actual background of the photograph and the photographer’s perspective. I find that this exercise allows students (especially earlier in the semester) to suss out their socio-cultural specificities and how these affect their interpretation of imagery.

(2) Simplicity (7:22)
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0I3Kpl3DTI&feature=related
Overhead narration works well with the sequence of frames to portray pacing in story telling.

(3) To Claire; from Sonny (6:55)

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rKW-VRFczA
Diverse background music that accentuates different scenes aptly.

(4) Offside (5:57)

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYIxBRA5qjA&feature=related
Running radio broadcast parallels socio-political circumstance of the characters very well. Accessible example for students who are learning about meta-narrative.

(5) INSiDE (5:08)

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjTOs1L3SBg&feature=related
Intriguing characterisation with a surprising twist at the end.

(6) Caineʼs Arcade (10:59)

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U
Some meta-narrative discourses about lost trades and technology, analogue mechanics and the digital, public intimacy, crowd sourcing, etc. IRL businesses/online businesses, analogue/digital, public intimacy,

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