Thursday, March 30, 2017

Judith Zhu’s Storytelling Flowers

Well, that is what I used to call the tips for a good storytelling video.
I am talking about last clip by Judith Zhu.
First, you have to catch the audience attention. Not with a silly and dishonest marketing trick, but with an original idea.
As to put the video in horizontal vision, for example.
Second, if you are telling your story on a video, you should use images, action, music. In short, something should happen, but it’s not a movie, you have to simplify the plot in one, two minutes.
That’s exactly what miss Zhu did.
Finally, you have to leave the spectators with questions, not answers, doubts, no certainties. And I have a lot of curiosity about this work of her.
Anyway, here is what video’s description says: Shining love is as bright as flowers. People yearn for love, just like the love of flowers. However, when it comes to love, the pain will follow. In this short video, the actress have had a vigorous love. Looking at these flowers which are the symbol of her love, the struggle feeling came back in her heart. “I love you”, “I hate you” is always like the default of love. Entangled but beautiful.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Storytellers for Peace video World Storytelling Day 2017

After Rudyard Kipling’s If, Imagine and Human Rights Day, here we are to a new clip from Storytellers for Peace.
World Storytelling Day is celebrated every year around the world near March 20.
This year's theme is transformation.
They tried to answer the following question: how writing and telling stories may transform the world in a better place?
Twelve storytellers from ten diverse nations tell their responses (with English subtitles):

In order of appearance:

Beatriz Montero (Spain)
Jozé Sabugo (Portugal)
Cecilia Moreschi (Italy)
Hamid Barole Abdu (Eritrea) 
Katharina Ritter (Germany)
Enrique Páez (Spain) 
Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher (Italy)
Sandra Burmeister G. (Chile)
D.M.S. Ariyrathne (Sri Lanka)
Juliana Marín (Colombia)
Mahfuz Jewel (Bangladesh)
Suzanne Sandow (Australia)

Storytellers for Peace is an international group of narrators who create collective stories through videos. Artists and stories are from all over the world and speak about peace, justice, equality and human rights. All participants tell one or more verses of the story in their first language. The project was created and is coordinated by Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher, author, storyteller, stage actor and director.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Children's Cemetery story by Juliana Marín

Well, that’s great, I have to emphasize it.
I am talking about the double clips that storyteller Juliana Marín made to tell an adaptation of The Seeker, story by Argentinian writer Jorge Bucay.
The title is The Children’s Cemetery and what is Juliana’s simple and genial idea? She told the tale in a real graveyard.
I my humble opinion that’s perfect, it makes the storytelling inevitably realistic and fascinating, using a true scenography as you might see in a movie or a documentary.
But we’re talking about video storytelling, so that’s very natural and logical.
Then, she made two videos, in English and Spanish, both enjoyable by a lot more of people.
Taking care of viewers, showing to know one of the most significant rule in storytelling: the audience is important as much the story is.

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