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Watch: Here’s How to Incorporate ‘Serial’-Style Storytelling into Film

Watch: Here's How to Incorporate 'Serial'-Style Storytelling into Film

Remember radio? You know, that thing that used to play music, and tell us the news or scare us with false alien invasions.  Well, you might not know this, but it’s back (at least in the form of podcasts). And this time, it means business.

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In 2014, you would have had to been living in North Korea to not have heard someone talk about “Serial.” The spin-off of the already popular National Public Radio show “This American Life” garnered such praise that you almost forgot about Netflix for one second.

Why were people suddenly tuning in to the radio in droves? In Episode 2 of Raindance Step & Repeat, we turn to radio producer and filmmaker Andrew Norton.  He is a celebrated storyteller in several platforms – from radio, still images and film. He helps us to hack the code of why radio is so compelling and how filmmakers can improve their own films with that knowledge.

“What I think can be hard about video is you have to build that scene and you can build it worse than what [the listeners] are imagining. You know what I mean? You can kind of fuck up their experience,” says Norton in the above video. Visit Raindance here.

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