Visual Storytelling Through Brickflow

August 9th, 2013 in The Visual Story

Show me the story.

A storyboard. A slide show. A tweet. A cover photo. What happens when you put it all together? In a creative format? That’s where Brickflow comes it.

The new visual storytelling tool Brickflow has just launched, letting you turn social media into visual stories. Founder Peter Lagmar told us about the tool and how he got started.

Peter first entered the startup world researching for a startup incubator in Paris, but is also a photographer with a background in online media too. He started Brickflow to offer a new way to curate content and tell a visual story.

This is a totally new form of storytelling: a few seconds of square-shaped video, low-res snapshots, 140 characters of text,” said Peter. “Curated digital storytelling is a form of communication that is here to stay.”

It can be used for work or for a blog post to show a visual summary of a topic. Through hashtags content can be curated easily into the large story board where you can add, tweak, and play with your story.

Are we moving towards a world that revolves around visual stories?

Peter jokes that being a square isn’t an insult anymore, with the square shaped photos on Instagram and curated squares on Brickflow. Try it out and see for yourself the fun you can have with this new visual tool. Check out more stories on the visual story online.

New Visual Storytelling Tool from Amazon

June 12th, 2013 in The Visual Story

First, I imagine a scene. Then I write it down. Next, I try and draw it out into a clear visual story for a video. Amazon Storyteller

But I don't have to draw at all. I can use Amazon's Storyteller platform instead.

Amazon's Storyteller just launched last week. The online program allows writers to create a storyboard for a movie or a graphic novel. It's in beta right now and looks amazing so far. The application comes with different backgrounds, characters, and props to visually tell your story. It's free for anyone using Amazon Studios.

Amazon is not only allowing creatives to use their visual storytelling tool, but they're also looking for the next great visual story. They have an open call for movies and television series going on right now.

This platform is a great start for making digital storytelling easier. When we have great tools, we can focus more on innovating and creating.

But what else can we create for digital storytellers?

How about a platform for citiquing different types of work that pays creatives, but offers very valuable critiques from screened applicants? This could be similar to an online writing group or other form of trusted feedback. (I miss my writing group. Having trusted and honest criqiue is so valuable across fields...)

Or, what about a library that creatives are paid or receive credits for donating work (copy/photos/slogans/ideas) they no longer want or have never used?

I hope there will be more tools like Amazon Storyteller that make sharing, critiquing, and creating stories easier for us. We can spend our time dreaming up our next great story idea. 

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