Monday
Aug082011

Episode 2: Don't Be Afraid Of Failure

 "On our podcast this week, the boys at Vinegar Hill talk about the paralyzing fear of failure, and give you a few good reasons why you should just stop being afraid and make the potential for failure your best friend." — Gandhi*

 

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*What Gandhi actually said was: "A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people." It's called poetic license.

Saturday
Aug062011

Ira Glass on Storytelling — Part 1

Here at the New American Storytellers, Ira Glass, creator of NPR's THIS AMERICAN LIFE, is one of our favorite storytellers.  Here, Ira shares what he's learned about storytelling over his twenty-plus year career in radio. Watch the video...and then go listen to THIS AMERICAN LIFE.  You won't regret either.

Enjoy!

— David

Thursday
Aug042011

Learn To Watch Movies: "The V.S."

Tip of the week from our podcast: "The V.S." (download episode on iTunes)

The idea behind "Learn To Watch Movies" seems simple enough right? It just takes time and a lot of popcorn. Well if you think that's all there is to it, you are WRONG. Sort of.

It will take time. It may take popcorn. It may cause you to be an antisocial basketcase (please don't), but for us a big part of the process of watching movies for more than entertainment value really comes down to what I in the podcast referred to as watching movies in "secession" by which I meant succession, as in "one after another" not "leaving the union". Anyway. Basically if you want to do this right you need to start comparing apples to apples.

One of our recommendations for what we are going to hitherto refer to as "The V.S." (or secession... whatever.) are these films:

UNITED 93 directed by Paul Greengrass v.s WORLD TRADE CENTER directed by Oliver Stone

So hop over to netflix and do your homework! Watch these films and compare the way they handle the telling of similar true events. Then come back and let us know what your opinions are!

And since I have never seen either of these films myself (woops.) I will be doing this homework right along with you. It will be the best assignment you've ever had. Like we are in a distance learning class together, except we are watching movies...

Have fun!

—shepherd

Monday
Aug012011

Episode 1: Learn To Watch Movies

Welcome to the inaugural release of The New American Storytellers Podcast! Episode 1 is here. On this podcast we discuss the importance of learning to watch movies to become better filmmakers & storytellers. Enjoy!

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