Workshop: "How personal are you willing to be in the storytelling"

Workshop with Nicole Costa

Workshop: "How personal are you willing to be in the storytelling?"

One of the best ways to be original is to tell personal stories derived from your own experience. It gives us an opportunity to learn from another person's experience and it can shape, strengthen or challenge our opinions and values. When a story catches our attention and engages us, we are more likely to absorb the message and meaning within it than if the same message was presented simply in facts and figures.

In our workshop we learned how to detect an interesting story around us and how to articulate it in narrative terms. Through the short films Danger & Alone and The No Artist (both by Nicole Costa), we understood how a particular / personal story can have a universal message and connect with audiences, as well as the importance of ethical decisions in the documentary work.

Through group exercises, the students were able to pay attention to the personal aspects of their interviewees and find a starting point to recreate a story based on personal elements.


Also check out the interview with the director, made by one of the workshop's participants, Tanya Smiles: