Telling A Story Without Words
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By Christie Stockstill
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Fledgling writers are taught to show, not tell.  Don't simply tell the reader what is happening; rather, carefully choose words and craft sentences to create a rich visual. Make the reader work a little bit.

I saw a TED Talk once with Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E and Toy Story.) He talked about how to write a great story, but his advice struck me as invaluable to storytellers using any medium.

"Don't give them (the audience) four; give them two plus two." 


Once, as part of a workshop, the assignment was to tell a story using only images. To make it more challneging, we had to use a limited number of images. That meant each image had to lend something to the story. It meant I had to play with angles, composition and perspective. It meant my husband, who portrays the man in the story, had to understand the story I wanted to tell, and he had to use his face and body to suggest meaning. All of this made more difficult by the fact that the other character in the story is portrayed by an inanimate object. 

Here is the story I shared with the group. When you've finished, I'd love to hear what you understand to be the story. It doesn't have to match my intention exactly! That's one of the beautiful things about art.


"The Man and the Blue Balloon"










The End.





Final Thought

"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery." -Francis Bacon

Leave a comment:
Christie Stockstill - I am all for everyone interpreting art in their own way, but if there is going to be a "right" answer, Jaymee, you got it!! ;) Thank you for taking time to think about this story. I'm excited it registered with you.
Jaymee - I interpreted this as having "something painful" (an event, story, person, or character) following him. It's as if he can't shake this "thing" off, whatever it is. He keeps thinking about it and it brings back negative memories but he just can't leave it behind. It follows him everywhere until... I don't know what it would take but it seemed that he found out in the end and now this 'blue balloon' has left him and floated away.
Hope - OK here is the cliche ......If you love something set it free, if it comes back it is yours - if not, it was never meant to be yours in the first place!!! It is very sad to me, however I think the baloon is on its way back!

I like Crackle's take on it though!!
Crackle - Love it... oh we need to talk stories!! All that is left behind is not left... freedom and the chance and courage to fly