Storytellers, Filmmakers & You

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Archaeologists suggest that the written word has been around for about 6,000 years. Before that knowledge was disseminated amongst humans through storytelling. If modern humans have been hanging around the earth for about 200,000 years, that means that for 194,000 years we developed a pretty robust capacity to capture the essence and meaning of critical information through the telling of stories.

I’ve been slowly but surely seeking out great storytellers who are leveraging the internet TV/video delivery capability to create, edit and publish their stories. Since I’m less interested in watching a couple of kids lip-synching or dancing to their favorite artist on YouTube, I’ve been gravitating toward higher quality sites like Vimeo and watching these videos really gets the wheels turning in my head, especially when I poke around within their over 5,000 HD channels, often watching while on the treadmill through my Roku box connected to a 26″ HDTV in the exercise room (a room which is used frequently here in Minnesota in the winter!).

Sometimes the videos are goofy. Often they’re visually stunning with no point other than experimenting with the technology. Other times they’re just too long and the storytelling is painfully dull. All that said, the gems I find most of the time make poking around the others worth the effort and I often wonder who the next George Lucas or Steven Spielberg will be from this batch of budding filmmakers.

Last night on the treadmill I came across this sweet little story made by a woman named Karen Abad for her grad school cinematography class. It’s less than 3 minutes long, you should watch it until the end to “get” the point, and then check out the other HD channels to see some more great stories.

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3 Comments

  1. Adam Behringer on February 11, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Hi, I’ve been enjoying your blog for a couple of years now…

    I was thinking about getting a Roku or something similar. I didn’t know you could watch Vimeo movies on a Roku. How does that work? Is there a link you can share?



  2. Steve Borsch on February 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks Adam (and for reading the blog!). Take a peek at this short video segment from the show Tekzilla:



  3. David Erickson on February 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Interesting posts from Minnesota communications bloggers for the week ending 2/14/10. Culled from the Minnesota Social Media Bloggers FriendFeed room.
    Albert Maruggi’s Marketing Edge Podcast: On The Way To The New Mass Market [MP3]
    David Brauer reports on the Strib’s online traffic, on Frank Magid’s passing, notes that Paul Schmelzer got promoted, talks local media paywalls, examines KSTP AM’s move to sports, gets the deets on PiPress’ paywall experiment
    John Reinan was underwhelmed with this year’s Super Bowl ads
    Jodi Chromey shares some geek love for Valentine’s Day
    Jon Gordon reports on texting for medical advice [MP3] then reports on the iPad [MP3] and on the Google fiber landgrab [MP3]
    Jason DeRusha wants help renaming his DeBlog then tells us how they count Super Bowl viewers
    Adrian posts the presentation he gave to the Burlington (VT) Social Media Breakfast
    Graeme Thickins details blueKiwi’s free social business platform then posts audio for his talk on blogging and social media at Club Entrepreneur [MP3]
    Arik Hanson writes an open letter to Pete Cashmore then features Kasey Skala
    WCCO TV Producer Gregg Litman Thinks Social Media Can Save TV
    Tom Pick summarizes Marketing Sherpa’s Social Media Marketing Benchmark report then talks lead nurturing
    Jared Roy recaps Conversations About the Future of Advertising then talks about the relevance of Foursquare
    Lee Aase posts a presentation on Sacred Social Media and another on University Communications in the Third Millennium
    Iconoculture (client) uses their SocialIQ conversation tool to track Avatar buzz and Robert van Alstyne talks 3D TV
    Kristina Halvorson talks content strategy
    Paul DeBettignies riffs off of Undercover Boss in three parts
    Julio Ojeda-Zapata ain’t sold on Google Buzz and posts a video about Google’s new Snowmobile Trail View
    Daniel Honigman lists three ways Google Buzz could affect your brand
    Rohn Jay Miller ruminates on the role of television in the social media landscape then declares the death of branding
    LOL/OMG notes that #Snowmaggedon has gone global
    Robert Stanke’s first Google Buzz impressions then looks at Daytum’s life analytics service
    Steve Borsch reflects on storytelling
    Garrick Van Buren explains why Google products are free
    Cam Gross announces the release of Best Buy’s first Android app
    Brad Wellman looks a Facebook’s conversion tracking
    Geek Girls Guide Podcast: The Cult of Social Media [MP3]
    Kasey Skala posts a video interview with Rick Mahn about SMBMSP
    The Minnov8 Gang Podcast: Is Google Buzz A Taser or Cupid’s Arrow? [MP3]
    Tim Elliott says Google Profile is the new resume
    Natalie Wires helps her newbie friends out with some Twitter terminology & advice
    Gene Rebeck highlights Chris and Mary Lower’s social media work
    I posted a video demonstration of Google Buzz and another on Nokia’s Mobile Radar demonstration

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