Julian Friedmann: The mystery of storytelling

How we tell stories seems to be a mysterious process that millions around the world want to be able to do, but 99.9% effectively fail. Why is it so hard for storyteller and audience to be one? What we communicate can change the lives of the writer and the audience. However, why stories matter and how to tell them better may not be as mysterious as it seems. Julian Friedmann has worked with writers for over 40 years; he believes understanding that storytelling is more about the audience than the writer will result in better storytelling.

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Comments: 7
  • #1

    Evil Edna (Thursday, 29 November 2012 12:24)

    "Screenwriting cannot be taught" - and yet he runs courses and an MA.

  • #2

    documentarysummit (Thursday, 29 November 2012 12:36)

    I think there is a distinction between art, craft and commerce - certainly craft and commerce can be taught.

  • #3

    digivic (Thursday, 29 November 2012 18:29)

    Excellent advice and insight!

  • #4

    Julian Friedmann (Thursday, 29 November 2012 23:49)

    Evil Edna: you can enable people to learn and study. Not the same as promising to teach them to write. My beef is with the writing-by-numbers approach in 90% of screenwriting courses. Not in mine.

  • #5

    hollywoodfieldtrip (Thursday, 29 November 2012 23:51)

    Great TEDx talk, thanks Julian for sharing

  • #6

    Jonquil Florentin (Sunday, 02 December 2012 19:18)

    He can't remember a shopping list..impressed he could condense and remember so much information.

  • #7

    Miguel Aguirre-Martinez (Monday, 04 July 2016 05:31)

    What you described help me understand my attitudes when hearing or watching a story. Thanks!