Virtual Reality Filmmaking with Ryan A Bell

ryanRyan A Bell is a digital storyteller and tech lover. As the founder of Summit Live and Head of Studio at VR Scout, he’s usually at the forefront of the latest developments in technology. Today he’s here to talk about making movies in virtual reality and the future of creative entertainment.

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Gideon C. Kennedy on Limo Ride

limo-rideOn today’s episode we are talking with Gideon C. Kennedy, the Alabama-based writer and co-director of Limo Ride. The film tells the story of a ragtag group of friends who find themselves in over their heads after renting a sketchy limousine during their annual New Year’s festivities

Gideon shares about the genesis of the film, its basis in real life Southern bar stories, and his research into the rite-of-passages narratives.

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Limo Ride is available Oct. 14 on iTunes, Vimeo, and directly through their website.

Find out more at http://www.limoridemovie.com/

 

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Cameo Wood on Real Artists

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Cameo Wood is an independent filmmaker based in San Francisco. Combining her passion for artificial intelligence, neuromarketing, and cinema, she recently directed her short film Real Artists based on a short story by Ken Liu. On today’s episode, she shares about the film and how it came about.

Listen to Episode #41 below – iTunesStitchermp3

 

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Emotional Honesty

upStories can cause us to feel a wide range of human emotions, but they can also be strangely manipulative. If storytelling is designed to lead an audience into an emotional experience, how do we tell the difference between real emotions and fake ones? And how do we make sure to write the real stuff?

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The Part of the Story You Forgot

jawsEvery great movie has memorable moments. These are the scenes that end up on the poster and splashed all over the trailers. The ones you talk about for years to come.

Today we are talking about the other half. The parts of the story that don’t get the limelight but actually draw the audience into the characters and their situation. The human elements that actually make movies work and transform them into something larger than the sum of their parts.

Listen to Episode #40 below – iTunesStitcher mp3

Story Crutch

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What’s a story crutch?

You’ve seen it before. A nagging feeling that this story is not quite working.

An undeserved ending. That cliched moment. Some hamfisted exposition. A truncated character. These are common mistakes that prevent stories from being the best they could be.

In today’s episode we’ll look at a few examples of how your story can go terribly wrong and what you can do to fix it.

Listen to episode 39 below – iTunesStitchermp3

Reverse Engineering

reverse.jpgI’ve been spending more time lately working on a few stories of my own. It seems like every day I’m learning the difference between picking apart and analyzing someone else’s story and the much harder task of writing something of your own.

When we critique someone else’s work, we usually forget the long process that went into bringing that narrative to life. All we see are the flaws and the mistakes and we overlook the fact that even a bad movie is still a finished movie. A poorly executed story that managed to actually get finished is still superior than a great idea that only exists in your head.

Everyone has an opinion on what makes a great story, but very few people have what it takes to create a compelling story of their own. Why is that?

Could it be that storytelling is actually much harder than we all assume?

Listen to episode #38 below – iTunesStitchermp3