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Shooting Action Sports by Todd Grossman

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8 Storytelling Techniques

Storytelling in film and video is a narrative event portrayed through a series of moments of sounds and images. Key tools often used are character development, character arcs, and plot. In the case of action sports, you might be wondering what story you have to tell or why it’s even worth telling. So let me say this: whether you write a screenplay or shoot a trick video, you are going to be telling a story to some degree, and the best stories are told visually. Anyone can recapitulate a story through a long monologue or on-screen text that explains what’s going on, but the true test of a good storyteller is how well you do it visually.

Illustration 8-1 Basic storytelling: A skater finds a rail, attempts a trick, and ...

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