Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Video: Ira Glass on Storytelling

After discussing him so much with Mer of BrainDouche, I thought I'd throw down my fave Ira Glass (This American Life) interview. He has some incredible insights on how to tell stories and engage your audience.
Good lessons for us Voiceover people in here. Check em out.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4


  1. Ira is a grat storyteller.

    I love his radio show and the TV version is the most relaxing half hour of television you can ever view.

    He has the ability to make 30 minutes feel like an hour, in a world where we cant have one scene take longer than 10 seconds it is a true masterpiece.


  2. Totally agree Kyle!
    I keep coming back to the word comfortable. I just kinda feel like I've known him my whole life.

    The TV/Movie editing thing drives me crazy. It's like if a scene doesn't have 6 camera angles (4 of them steady cam), then we're going to get bored. My fave movie of last year was 'Children of Men'. They did an INCREDIBLE job of making scenes look like one continuous shot from a single (yours)perspective. It was very engaging. How that movie didn't win best editing...

  3. You're saying "making scenes look like one continuous shot"
    Wasn't it?
    The car scene and the battle scene (with the lens splatter) were some of the best ever shot. Amazing.

    and yes, Ira is truly gifted.

  4. Hey James,
    It's commonly held that the car scene is actually stitched together. I know I can't find any transitions.

    I didn't realize it watching the film, but after I wondered how they got a camera rig to pivot so well in the middle of a packed car...