Sure-handedness

How Sound’s 10/19/11 podcast covers the concept of “sure-handedness” to enhance the quality of an audio story. The term refers to one of 3 key points that John Biewen (Audio Program Director at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies) gives to students of his audio storytelling clinics. Basically, the idea is to follow a clear, logical progression of ideas that move your listener through the story line. Biewen says his advice is not designed as a formula, but rather it should serve as a gut-level guideline that keeps stories interesting and moving but still allows for surprises and and twists along the way.

The strongest point in this Podcast was How Sound’s dissection of an audio story to demonstrate the points discussed. In addition, How Sound’s Rob Rosenthal describes his own organizational techniques in producing his audio stories.

This is good stuff – applicable to many forms of storytelling.

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