The Mystery of Storytelling

Today I got an email from the NFTS Registry. I let it sit unopened in my inbox for some minutes that felt like lifetimes. I have to be honest, I was almost certain it would be a let-down. But it wasn’t!!! How cool is that?

So, I had the whole day planned today: I was going to re-watch the Lynda.com course on Maya 2015 Essential Training (I don’t have the 2016 version, that’s why :P). However, I had a ton of work from my actual job building up, which I was going to complete throughout the weekend. Why switch them around? Because I’m staying at my parents’ house during the summer, and my siblings are LOUD. I’d rather be distracted during my work than my hobbies, haha… No, but in all seriousness, getting accepted to NFTS means that I can “clean up” my todo-list, and start the Maya course on Monday. Which in a way is annoying because I’m really excited to start, but it’s also a brilliant, brilliant lifesaver.

On today’s chore list for work:

  • Complete political party brochures (done!)
  • Compress the background images for Melinda Gateway’s Powerpoint theme (done!)
  • Create a Word theme (not done!)

And as a side-job, I have to look into their website. Think I might just delete the whole thing and start from scratch.

Now, since I can slow down a bit, I have decided to take tonight off. I’m dog sitting, so I’ve invited two of my awesome cousins up for a movie night with our other cousin’s Shar Pei. So many films, so much popcorn, and TIME! Woop woop!

Since I’m in the self-rewarding mood, I thought I’d go through my Watch Later Youtube playlist and pick myself out something nice.

I found Julian Friedman’s TED-talk, The Mystery of Storytelling. I’ve been dying to watch this, and now I have! I won’t reveal everything in this talk, but I’ll mention one thing he talked about¬†which I found really interesting:

Aristotle provided a structure for storytelling: pity,fear and catharsis.

  1. Pity: put your character through some sort of unfair or undeserved event, to establish an emotional connection with your audience.
  2. Fear:put your character through a challenging or dangerous event, or a worse and worse and worse situation. The audience feels fear because of their emotional identification with the character.
  3. Catharsis: once your character is safe and sound, the audience is relieved.