This week, it is all about how the content you create needs to be carefully crafted and developed in order for the story to become successful and to get its message across multiple platforms.
Our guide book throughout our first year of university that contains valuable lessons, tips and advice towards how to best tell a story through a television factual programme was certainly “C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T.” written by the storytelling expert also known as the “TV Troubleshooter” Robert Thirkell.
“CONFLICT” provides an invaluable insight into the television and filmmaking industry, more precisely it reveals the process of making a programme from scratch, starting from discovering what story you want to tell, the characters that can bring your story to life, structuring the script, filming techniques to the best way it can be delivered to the wide audience. As the title subtly suggests, the book covers 8 essential areas that are described in detail by Thirkell using as support examples and case studies international leading TV series such as Kitchen Nightmares, Wife Swap, The Apprentice, Coastguards, Oprah’s Big Give Fat March, Jamie’s School Dinners and When Big Chef Met Little Chef.
All of these elements, namely Characters, Out of the Box, Narrative,Front,Love,Interviews,Care and Timeline work together towards creating the conflict that keeps a story alive and the audience on their seats. Therefore, the development of a good story contains multiple stages that any content creator needs to go through and to work hard in order to ensure that the final piece will be impactful and long-lasting.
Regarding my university assignment, namely to create a story and to shoot a music video for the emotional ballad “Leave a light on” by Tom Walker, storytelling is essential and therefore, this is my version of events that I imagine would work the best.
Once upon a time, there were two teenagers and best friends,Tom and Kyle, who grew up together and who had a very strong bond since the first day they met.They lived very close to each other in a small town from London and since they were small children,they used to do everything together. They always relied on each other and knew that if one was to ever be in trouble, the other one would come to the rescue in no time. Their friendship was something that both of them valued deeply and there was no day when they did not meet to play together or to just wake up and go on a random adventure. However, as nothing lasts forever, there came the day when their friendship suddenly ended. Kyle’s dad took another job as a manager in another city and consequently, his family decided to move to Manchester when they were both only 10 years old. Tom and Kyle needed to say goodbye to each other, even though none of them knew exactly how. Although they made countless promises to each other that they would visit and they would try their best to keep their friendship alive, truth is , their friendship did not manage to survive the time’s trial. Tom made several attempts throughout the years to contact Kyle and to see how is his life in a new city, but had never heard back from him. As years passed by, Tom grew up being afraid to others because he was sure that no one would be the same as his good old friend, Kyle. On the other side , Kyle became so angry from the day he found out that he has to move that he decided to completely change his lifestyle and due to bad friends he met, he chose to follow a dangerous path.