In the first video, I watched Ira Glass talk about how Audio storytelling is different than other forms of storytelling. In the video, he says there are two basic building blocks that can be used at will. The first building block is Anecdote; which is what is the story about and what are the sequence of actions that occur in the story. Ira states that the purest form of storytelling is the description of one action leading to the next. This gives the audience a feeling like they are in a “train that’s going a certain direction”. This form of storytelling makes everything sound so much better. He then states even if it’s the most boring story, you can make it exciting by sequencing everything. He then states another important part in this by raising questions. By raising questions and eventually answering them, you’re able to have your audience continue to listen to what you have to say.
The next building block is a moment of reflection. It’s the reason why you’re listen to the story. It’s also the part that talks about why the story is special. This part is important because if you have a great anecdote, but a subpar moment of reflection, then you have to go back to square 1. In essence, the moment of reflection is the most important part of the story.
In the second video, Ira talks about how hard is it to find a decent story. Finding the story can be as long or longer than the producing of the story. This process of finding a decent story is the most important as it sets the base for everything else to put its weight upon. For example, Ira Glass and his team spend about half a week looking for stories. They then pick stories that they think are interesting. After this process is completed, they chose about half of those stories and do something with them.
Other things you have to consider while doing stories are the factors of that you can’t control. These factors include the performance of the interviewee, the functioning of the equipment, etc. These factors play a big role in the overall performance.
Another point he elaborates on is how you have to accept the fact that sometimes your work will suck and you can do nothing about it. You have to accept the fact and move on.
In Jad Abumrad’s video he talks about how audio storytelling can be very fascinating as having the ability to describe something and put an image into someone’s head is very special. Being able to describe something without any visuals and putting a certain image in the audience’s head makes radio special. He says the this is the reason why radio will always be around. It was great to hear his opinion because it made so much sense to me.