Storytelling. It’s the art of telling stories. In fact, if you put a space between the “y” and the “t” you get “story telling.” Mind-blowing, isn’t it? 

That is what our lecture was about, specifically video storytelling. We watched behind-the-scenes clips of a documentary about mountain climbing called “Shattered.” 

Take a look at the clips:

It was interesting to see the meticulous work they put into the film, especially how they managed to get such breathtaking visuals.  But it was not just the visuals that made the film; good natural sound helped tell the story as well. 

I think the main takeaway for me was that you have to put a lot of effort into the “little things”. Getting a few really good shots and a few really crisp sound clips can make an average story  into a visual and aural masterpiece.

Obviously, deadlines mean that film-like precision and planning is not a realistic option, but some planning, extra effort, and a little bit of creativity can go a long way to tell a story visually. Start thinking about your video and sound opportunities before you do a story. Maybe those opportunities may not come to pass (after all, what journalist hasn’t been in a situation where conditions are totally different than expected?), but it never hurts to be prepared for them.