How to Tell a Story Through Film:
the Theories Behind Visual Storytelling

"The greatest art in the world, is the art of storytelling" - Cecil B. Demille, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

Telling a compelling and powerful story is a learned technique. Stories can allow the listener to be transported, moved, swayed, changed, and driven to action. But when a story falls flat, it's power is largely lost. In this Lab, we'll focus on the art of storytelling, especially as it relates to the visual art of film. However, key concepts and ideas will be broadly relevant for bloggers, writers, journalists, and anyone who spends significant time telling stories.

During the Lab you'll learn tools to help you construct and design your story. Hard and fast rules and exact techniques won't be covered, however, concepts, theories, and basic practices will be! We'll also review what components go into story telling, why they matter, and how to use them. 

Stories should offer a new way of looking at something, a perspective that has not been previously considered. This is the goal of every storyteller. Director Sidney Lumet once astutely remarked 'Story is the conduit through which all creative and technical decisions flow' and this will be the mantra for the evening.


Meet Your Lab Leader:

Barry Braverman is a veteran cinematographer with over thirty-five years experience in high-profile feature films, including Wes Anderson’s BOTTLE ROCKET, THE DARJEELING LIMITED and MOONRISE KINGDOM. Broadcast credits include television news magazine shows like CBS Sunday Morning, ABC 20/20. Since 2007 Braverman has led camera and visual storytelling workshops in 29 different countries, from Tanzania to Bangladesh, and most recently in the UK at the London FIlm School, and NYU Abu Dhabi. As a recognized expert his book VIDEO SHOOTER has been adopted in over 125 schools and universities worldwide.