Man, all I can say is that this guy had a lot of great points. One remark that really stuck with me was when he talked about knowing the story you were going to tell; knowing the arc, the characters, what you were going to say when and how characters were going to be introduced. To build onto that, I really took an interest in his small speech about nonverbal storytelling and making the audience work for their meal so to say. (I’m gonna dip into the theater/storytelling debate here.) There are several improv games that revolve around nonverbal storytelling. From an acting point of view, everything is done on the spur of the moment. If you think of an element that can be added, you do so without question most of the time. The difference between the two to me is that in storytelling, everything is planned(at least should be to some extent-his argument), however are all stories planned out ahead of time? In our day to day lives, aren’t some of the stories we tell improvised to some degree. Where can the line be drawn about preparation, storytelling, and improvisational theater? There’s appears to be a great deal of overlapping in some areas, and not in others.
The thing that really struck me about this TED talk is the speaker’s personal experience with storytelling and how it’s affected him and his career. Stanton writes for Pixar, and uses his love for storytelling to connect to his audience through non-verbal communications. In his movie Wall-E, the main character and his love interest do not talk to each other because they are robots. These methods are similar to the deaf storytelling that was posted on last week. It shows that storytelling does not necessarily need to be expressed through words, and that even the most subtle gestures can express more than a long-winded explanation, which I appreciate.
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