Story is not just a label that you can place on any film or idea. It's a specific narrative strategy, a conscious arrangement of information. When done right, it inspires, motivates and takes your audience on an emotional journey.
The word "story" has become somewhat of a catch-phrase the past few years. But what does it actually mean? How does it work? Story is not just a label that you can place on any film or idea. It's a specific narrative strategy, a conscious arrangement of information in order to generate empathy and create an emotional journey.
In making a story-driven documentary, you must weed through thousands of bits of information. Of every moment you could record, you need to know which ones are actually dramatically important – when to be present, when to hit record and when to stop. And once captured, how to edit these moments together in a way that is meaningful and emotionally engaging.
1. The basic building blocks of Story structure and how Stories are constructed.
2. How nonfiction storytellers can apply that knowledge to their interviewing technique, editing strategies and character selection.
3. Hands-on: In an exercise to first grasp the structure of Story, together, we construct a fictional story, complete with all necessary elements (inciting incident, plot points, climax). Then, we apply that knowledge to a nonfiction situation where there is less control.
At the end of the course, you will understand the Story tools which enable you to connect with an audience at a deep emotional level – and how to apply those to documentary storytelling. Learn about our methodology.
Limited to 10 students.
Saturday and Sunday, November 15 - 16
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Centre for Social Innovation - Annex
720 Bathurst St., Downtown TO
$249 + HST
Nonfiction storytelling. That’s what we’re all about. We produce, promote and teach the meticulous craft of non-fiction storytelling.
Address: 215 Spadina Ave.
Suite 400, Toronto, Ontario