Story Of/ offers a valuable
cross-industry networking opportunity as well as an interdisciplinary framework for approaching visual narrative.



A weekend-long storytelling workshop intensive and ongoing research project, where makers & thinkers from all walks of life and creative backgrounds come together to challenge their skills and notions of what a story can be. Curated teams will work together to produce narrative prototypes in any media under creative constraints and a guiding theme.

HOW IT WORKS

LAUNCH DAY will be one week before the main event on Friday, where the story theme is announced, and story variables are decided upon. In the week between launch and the main event, teams can hire actors, seek materials, shoot footage, or do any other sort of asset preparation.

MAIN EVENT
Day 1
is partially programmed with lecture and framework, then teams brainstorm, pitch, and begin to develop their stories with floating mentors serving as guides.

Day 2 Exists mostly as open work time with floating mentors and check-ins. Participants test and view each others’ work, and finally groups present their final story prototypes. Then we party!

Here is a sample schedule from a version of this event we hosted in December of 2017:

SATURDAYSUNDAY
Registration (8-8:30AM)Open Creating Time for most of the day* (space open at 9am)
Welcome, presentation + storytelling primer (8:30-9:30AM)Short break for participants (presentation prep for organizers) (5:00-5:30PM)
Teams brainstorm ideas + create pitches (9:45-10:45AM)Teams Present (5:30-6:30PM)
Ideas are reviewed + approved (10:45-11:45AM)Guest story critiquers can explore any demos and ask questions
Open Creating Time* (11:45AM-7:30PM)Feedback & Reflection (6:30-7:00PM)
10min evening check-ins from each group (7:30PM-8:30PM)Party (7:00PM – ?)
Open Creating Time*, building open until midnight (8:30PM-12:00AM)
*Teams will come up with their own production schedules and workflow for these unstructured portions of the schedule 

December 2017 Event Testimonials

"This experience was a chance to go deeply into the process of telling a story along with how other people tell their stories and bring blend the ideas together to discover a more universal layer to the narrative. The way this experience was organized enabled me to get out of my own way and see my own attitude to working with the creative process with a team from a fresh perspective."

"This experience was a chance to go deeply into the process of telling a story along with how other people tell their stories and bring blend the ideas together to discover a more universal layer to the narrative. The way this experience was organized enabled me to get out of my own way and see my own attitude to working with the creative process with a team from a fresh perspective."

John, Painter & Graphic Designer
"Story of/ is a great opportunity to let your hair down and have fun making and telling good stories. The risk is low and the reward is high. I got such a clear experience of putting a story together and making a presentation for it. It was a eureka moment and I'm still thinking about it."

"Story of/ is a great opportunity to let your hair down and have fun making and telling good stories. The risk is low and the reward is high. I got such a clear experience of putting a story together and making a presentation for it. It was a eureka moment and I'm still thinking about it."

Carol, Set Decorator
"The mix of skills in our group was really balanced so it was enjoyable to play to people’s strengths and work efficiently. I rediscovered how much I like collaboration. The skills of the group led to the format which Influenced the story"

"The mix of skills in our group was really balanced so it was enjoyable to play to people’s strengths and work efficiently. I rediscovered how much I like collaboration. The skills of the group led to the format which Influenced the story"

Thomas, Writer & Storyboard Artist
"Working with a team doesn't always suck. It's interesting to think about levels of different communication that are happening in a collaboration all at the same time, the way people communicate verbally but also through expressions and efforts and all sorts of different feedback."

"Working with a team doesn't always suck. It's interesting to think about levels of different communication that are happening in a collaboration all at the same time, the way people communicate verbally but also through expressions and efforts and all sorts of different feedback."

Owen, Programmer & Writer

We are seeking artists, artisans, performers, strategists, designers, & gamers for our next iteration on December 8 & 9, with a launch on November 30, 2018
in New York City

Hosts

Nathan Fox

Nathan Fox

Chair of the MFA Visual Narrative Program
Jenny Goldstick

Jenny Goldstick

Designer & Illustrator

Questions & Queries?

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