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Barriers to Solution.

My brother and I are kicking around how to get a machine to edit on. My laptop isn’t going to cut it and his seems okay but shared by the family so not so accessible… These are barriers but we’ll be persistence.

Seth Godin on his blog states, “Genuine success is scarce, and the scarcity comes from the barriers that keep everyone from having it. If it weren’t for the scarcity, it wouldn’t be valuable, after all.” We value the importance of overcoming barriers. I loved climbing with my brother in the Gunks in the early 90’s. It was an amazing experience. The barrier of getting to the top was genuine and although success wasn’t particularly scarce, it was valuable.

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New Software.

I got Hindenburg Journalist through work for sound editing. I did a few tutorials and really like it’s simplicity. Should be great to work with. Nice interface as well and cool marketing concept.

My boss at work as if I’d help his son’s band through work. Why not? Should be interesting…


Pooling our ideas.

My brother and I met today. Nice to just chat about ideas we’ve been doing. He thought we should do a mini-video on the STWM as a project on the side. Specifically, he thought it should focus on Reid’s decision to run with the leaders. I’ll give it some thought tonight.

Lost my pool today. That part of my life is behind more and more now… feel good.


Sonicsgate….

I was listening to TAL while commuting into work today as per usual. The theme today was on ‘basketball’. Hilarious… they kept playing this song: Gary Glitter Rock & Roll Part II LOL!!!

So, I found this documentary on Documentary Heaven. I need to find the two hours to watch this. I think it would be pretty interesting. Winner – Best Sports Film – 2010 Webby Awards. A free educational documentary chronicling how after 41 years of playing NBA basketball in Seattle, the Super Sonics were moved to Oklahoma and became the Thunder. Had something similar here in Canada with the Winnipeg Jets. I remember the Sonics as a teenager. Now it’s resides with several other sports teams are in Franchise Heaven!


I’m listening.

I’m thinking of getting an audio recorder…Playing with the idea of getting a Sony PCM M-10. I’m curious. Will people be more at ease just talking with a microphone on and no camera?

Perhaps being less intrusive, using only a hand-held recorder at times will be better. Cool review here. Have any thoughts on the issue?


TAL.

I’m listening a ton to This American Life. I’m addicted. I’ve listened to 17 hours already and and 4 Television versions and it hasn’t even been a week! Great stories and great storytellers. I’m learning a lot. Makes me want to start a podcast for this site. Hmmmm…. something to think about.

Go to the site and check it out. If you’re like me, you won’t be able to get enough. However they have over 300 shows so – that’s a lot!


Storytelling from Glass.

I watched Ira Glass on Storytelling again last night after posting yesterday’s bonus post earlier in the day. The guy is totally genuine and sincere in his advice. Mr. Glass who runs the show This American Life really shares from the heart and the advice is terrific.

Here are my notes but I’d watch all 4 parts if I were you…

Glass on Storytelling:

Understand the building blocks of Storytelling (not like high school with introduction argument & conclusion).

1. The anecdote – a short & amusing story about a real person or incident. A sequence of actions/events. …this happened followed by this. One thing leads to another. A feeling of a destination. Bait – constantly raise questions & it’s implied you’ll answer them. Start with action.

2. A moment of reflection – Why the hell you’re watching the story? Say something new & it has to be compelling.

*Understand you need to look back & know you have a story!

Flip back and forth between the building blocks 1. & 2.. It should make something larger than the sum of it’s parts.

The difficulty of finding a story – takes more time to look. Set the time aside. Don’t be afraid to KILL it. By killing bad stories you’ll allow something better to live.

All media is trying to be crap. It’s trying to be unstructured, digressive & boring. You have to constantly prop it up at every stage of the way. If it’s going to be any good be ruthless!

Failure is part of the equation. It is part of getting super lucky. Schedule a lot of things and you’ll eventually stumble on something great. Don’t make mediocre stuff.

(Watch the link from yesterday’s post – I’m serious!)

Bottom-line: your work won’t match your ambitions for a long time…

Two common pitfalls:

1. Try not to act or sound like people on TV. It’s more compelling the more you talk like a human being.

2. It isn’t about you. Be interested. Make sure your subject is interested & talk about others. Otherwise there is no drama.