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Telling Small Stories with Video, Part 1

What is a Small Story Video

A while back I wrote something I called “The Small Story Manifesto”.

It got some attention. People seemed to like it.

But a lot of folks had questions about it.

So I made this video that helps clarify some stuff.

The above embedded video is the first video in the series. Members can watch for more videos on this topic in the future.

By the way, since I originally started talking about making “Small Story” videos, some interesting things have happened.

For example, a high school teacher recently told me he requires that each of his students make one Small Story video every quarter.

And now he’s training other teachers in the district to do the same thing. It’s fun to watch this stuff spread. :)

Post Updated June 8, 2017

14 thoughts on “Telling Small Stories with Video, Part 1

  1. Great explanation. Thanks for the steps and criteria. Looking forward to the next video(s) to making my small story videos better!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Matt. I’m glad to hear that you liked it!

      Yes, stay tuned for more on this topic. :)

  2. Izzy, this was helpful! In my work I am responsible for all the various kinds of visual communication you mentioned. Thank you for a better understanding of your work and mine!

    1. I’m thrilled to hear this helped, Chris! Thanks for the note! :)

  3. I agree with the previous comments. The bulk of my work is documentary, so short is its opposite — and something I want very much to do, if for no other reason than learning to tighten my usual work (but I think that short video making could be fun, too).

    Thank you, Izzy.

    1. Yes, I find that these videos are lots of fun, and excellent practice for longer storytelling.

      Thanks for the comment, Kevin! :)

  4. Hey Izzy, My work is solely historic documentary production, castles, friaries, historic hill sites etc etc. Your introduction to ‘small story videos’ is enlightening, informative and gets straight to the point. Much to keep in mind when producing a small video story here, so thank you.

    1. Hi Jim. I’m glad the information is helpful. Thanks for the comment and best of luck with your projects! :)

  5. Awesome! I did not know you ride! It’s funny. I used your videos and tutorials to get rolling in Final Cut and my own (fledgling) video business. About 2 years ago, I got back into riding, now I do that MUCH more than video, though I make videos of my rides often. Keep doing your thing man, I always point people to you. Your training is among the best I have done.

    1. Yes, I ride. :)

      Very kind comments. And thanks for pointing folks my direction. I appreciate it! :)

  6. Ummm…. sorry I don’t have any comments about your small story video. I am just crazy impressed with your son and that rubix cube!!! He’s amazing!!! He should be so proud!

    1. Haha, that’s nice of you to say. I’ll let him know. :)

  7. Great video! I love it how you summarize such stuff and focus on the real important points. Helps me a lot sorting and ordering my ideas.

    1. Thanks! That’s very kind of you to say, Daniel. I’m happy the video helps! :)

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