What do great filmmakers, journalists, TV and radio broadcasters, public relations professionals, advertisers, and other successful media producers all know deep in their bones?
How to tell stories. That’s what we know, too, and the art of storytelling is what we teach students in Le Moyne’s Department of Communication & Film Studies. Stories that play on movie screens and smart-phone screens. Stories that pop off pages of magazines. Stories that sing through a listener’s earbuds, or that take audiences into elaborate worlds of digital multimedia.
Our students, of course, learn how to use the tools of storytelling: state-of-the-art HD cameras, production and editing software like InDesign and Premiere, even pens and pencils.
But the tools are always secondary, in service to the hard work of storytelling: discovering important things to say, and then saying those things vividly, gracefully, even poetically. And always powerfully.
Why do we place so much value on storytelling? Because that skill will remain essential, no matter what new technologies come along, no matter how different the media landscape might look in five years or fifty years.
Stories. Essential. We know how difficult it is to tell them really well. We know how much practice it takes, how much guidance. And we know—because our students show us all the time—how infinitely informative, entertaining, and vital stories can be.
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