Small Story: For the Love of Dragons

This Small Story submission comes from Mark DiNatale.

He shot it in about 30 minutes and spent about an hour editing.

I think it fits the spirit of the Small Story concept well.

  • It tells a story in under two minutes.
  • It uses documentary-style storytelling techniques.
  • The piece isn’t trying to be a polished, professional piece. It’s simply a way to practice telling stories.

As you watch it, do you get a sense that you could do it too? I hope so… One of the main reasons I’m sharing all these Small Story examples is so you’ll get inspired and give it a try.

Small Story: Pole Vaulting with Allison Stokke

Here’s a Small Story video that will blow your mind:

GoPro shares a lot of great videos on their YouTube channel.

That said, many of them are really just video montages set to music. This one is different.

I recommend you watch the video above, read through these notes, and then watch the video again. It’s a great lesson in effective Small Storytelling.

(By the way, I want to emphasize that I’m not affiliated with this video. I watched it yesterday when GoPro emailed it as their “Video of the Week”. I’m sharing it here because it’s awesome.)

Let’s go through some of the elements of a good Small Story…

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Small Story Problems

Small Story Problems

The Small Stories thing is getting some momentum.

I’m excited about that!

I’ve been receiving lots of links from people, including two submissions that were very close to being ready to share with you. I’ve started working with the two video creators (via email) to help them make a few adjustments to their Small Story videos.

(I wish I could do that for everyone, but of course, that would be impossible.)

In the meantime, here are the most common areas needing improvement I’ve seen in Small Story video submissions:

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How to Make Custom Video Backgrounds – Izzy Video #285

Izzy Video 285

Sometimes we need to show text on the screen in our videos.

Of course, we could simply put the text on a black background. There’s nothing wrong with that really, though it can get a bit boring.

(Still, sometimes it feels like the right thing to do.)

Or you could put a solid color behind the text.

The truth is that we actually have many, many different options for what we can put behind the text in our videos.

In this new tutorial, I demonstrate how you can create your own custom organic particle backgrounds. These are perfect for using as a video background behind text.

Here is a sample segment from the video:

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