Stories are everything. They define who we are and how we communicate with each other. Much like language, compelling stories are best told with clarity. With that said, stories naturally evolve, adapt and modernize with the times. In our collaboration with Future of StoryTelling Summit (FoST), we present 5 films that will change how we approach storytelling.
FoST is an innovative two-day event that brings together storytellers in different mediums into a large conversation of ideas. Each of these films are paired with a speaker at the event. Find out more information here.
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1. Margaret Atwood — A State of Wonder: How Technology Shapes Story
In this amazing animation by Drew Christie, award-winning author and activist, Margaret Atwood embraces technology and how it can elevate how we tell stories. She mentions how the digital platform can even inspire content itself while sites like Wattpad are connecting tens of millions of authors and readers. The track "Return of Ulysses" by Lee Brooks perfectly accompanies the state of wonder throughout the film. In conclusion, Atwood says "everything is exciting" — indeed it is.
2. Phil Chen — Virtual Agency: Unlocking VR's Potential
Phil Chen, the Chief Content Officer for HTC's Vive opens the film by stating "Virtual reality is a tool, much like a novel that allows us to explore our humanity." We agree with this statement wholeheartedly. This inspiring film directed and edited by Robert Hooman follows Chen's narrative into how virtual reality can help us explore new places that we've never been able to go before. Keen Collective's "Intervals" elevates the cerebral quality while giving room for reflection throughout the piece. This innovative look at VR means a ton for storytelling, communication and adds a new dimension into how we connect with each other.
3. Beau Lotto — Understanding Perception: How We Experience the Meaning We Create
This one might blow your mind. Neuroscientist and Founder of Lotto Lab, Beau Lotto believes that we don't really see the real world -- just our perception of it. Our senses dictate our perceptions and filters and technology can be one of the main elements in breaking down the "real" world and how we see it. This beautiful animation is directed by Steve West.
4. Glen Keane — Step Into The Page
After nearly four decades of animating iconic characters in The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Tarzan, Disney artist, Glen Keane is now using new tools to further his art and storytelling. Through technology and 3D Animation, Keane believes that art can express emotion in a powerful way and shift our perspective on how we create and view art as a whole. Director, Ashley Rodholm and Editor, Joey Dello Russo used a thoughtful soundtrack that moved in subtle ways with a sense of optimism.
5. Jamie Gutfreund — Realism and Idealism: Understanding Gen Z
As the rate of information and technology accelerates, the way we tell stories needs to adapt and follow suit. This film gives insight how future generations imbibe information and how to embrace new forms of communication while keeping certain modes of authentic connection sacred. Directed by Andrew Wonder.