My perspective on What a story is.
Long time ago my father used to tell stories. At breakfast he told his dreams, and in the evening he told a story sitting at the fire. When we were walking in the woods he told stories. Listening to him was connecting to him. He was a great storyteller.
Telling a story, even reading a story to somebody is a magic experience. Looking into the eyes of the children who you tell a story is a blessing. The silence when a good story is told is emotional. And gives energy to the story teller.
The listener trusts the storyteller to be careful and tell a good story.
A story is a way to talk to your audience and show, from behind the curtain of the story, who you are.
Digital storytelling seems to put a distance into the relation between audience and storyteller. But digital stories do make me smile and sometimes the magic is in digital storytelling too. Does it need more care and craftsmanship to make a digital story work?
The story must have a bait and the bait must activate the listener first. The story Under One Roof inhttp://ds106.us/2014/03/16/gmu-week-1/#exploring-the-shape-of-stories did not attract my attention. No bait. No reason to watch, to listen, to care.
The other story up there Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek does have a bait. I did start to read and watch this story about a woman in an avalanche. But when the avalanche ended the story went in another gear. No bait for me there.
A story needs kind of power to attract attention.
Ira Glass wants a story to ask questions. Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek did not ask good questions.
My father only said, “once upon a time”, and we all listened. Because we trusted his stories to be good. When you are new to the audience, your bait must be more than just “once upon a time”.
Andrew Stanton wants the story to make a promise, that reading will be worth the time.
He says absence of information is what makes us follow the story, we want to solve the problem and get a picture. Give your audience 2+2 and not the 4. Make them do the thinking.
Wonder is what a good story makes, it makes you wonder.