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Welcome to the Folktellers podcast, where whomever holds the story wields the power.
What do building marketing tech for blockbuster movies, playing professional basketball, and writing award-winning young-adult novels all have in common? Stories - a lot more than you can ever imagine.
Come join us as Kurt David, Stephen Sadler, and Josef Bastian share a few tales, have a few laughs, and interview some great people, while trying to uncover the mysteries and wonders behind every great story.

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Welcome to the Folktellers podcast, where whomever holds the story wields the power.
What do building marketing tech for blockbuster movies, playing professional basketball, and writing award-winning young-adult novels all have in common? Stories - a lot more than you can ever imagine.
Come join us as Kurt David, Stephen Sadler, and Josef Bastian share a few tales, have a few laughs, and interview some great people, while trying to uncover the mysteries and wonders behind every great story.

    What Makes a Tale Tick: The Psychology Behind Compelling Stories

    What Makes a Tale Tick: The Psychology Behind Compelling Stories

    During this episode Josef, Stephen, Kurt and special guest Kevin Stein discuss, how stories affect us as humans? What is neuro-coupling? How does psychology affect the ways we interact with stories? How does our imagination impact the way we see stories?
    Kevin Stein is a cultural anthropologist, professor, and expert on matters of the mind as they relate to the world we live in. Kevin is Principal/Co-founder, Signal Path Immersive, an experiential entertainment production company based in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Stockholm. Kevin is also a former executive of King World Production, CBS, Viacom, HBO, NBCUniversal, and the co-founder of the Jimi Hendrix Foundation.
    He brings to his work a history of successful business development and content production in advent technology, digital media, and traditional entertainment with specialization in web3, augmented reality, social analytics, and neuromarketing as well as documentary film.
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    All right.Time for our latest episode of Folk Tellers podcast stories.We shared,I am Joseph Bastian and here are here with,I'm told that I shouldn't use fancy words.Uh I've gotten some feedback.So I'm just gonna say here with Kurt David,wait,wait a minute feedback from the audience.And I was like,jeez,I was gonna say,yeah,if it's audience feedback,then we have to listen to that.Right?Yeah.So,but I love the fancy words.Do you and who are you?And I don't know,II I have no facial recognition.I only know you by your adjectives.Who are you?Uh Stephen Sadler.So Kurt and Steve and Joseph were here.So you're here.Yes.This episode we're talking about the psychology of storytelling.So to tee this up and we've got uh I call him a social anthropologist named Kevin.Stein.Kevin is many things uh done a lot of work in the entertainment industry.He's a professor and,and uh we're gonna talk to him in a little bit about the psychology and maybe the,the culture of storytelling,uh who knows where it's gonna go.So,he studies ants and uncles.Yes.Those kinds of ants.What if your aunt was an aunt?What if your aunt was an uncle,you know,she would not be your uncle who's on first?All right.So,uh this is I'll,I'll tee this up.Uh How storytelling affects the brain.So,we're talking about the psychology of storytelling and uh we're gonna go down this rabbit hole then throw a couple of things out.I know Kurt,this is your favorite neuro coupling.So,neuro coupling in storytelling in your brain,uh It's when a story synchronizes the listener's brain with the teller's brain.And this is the concept that when you're telling a story that the storyteller's brain will actually synchronize with the audience uh and creates a third brain,which is kind of fascinating.Then there's uh mirroring.Mirroring is when uh the neurons in your brain enable listeners to mirror the experiences that the storyteller is sharing.Uh There's also two areas in the brain that are activated when processing facts,stories activate many additional areas such as the motor cortex,sensory cortex and frontal cortex.So what they're saying is stories uh activate multiple parts of the brain uh by the by their very nature.And they also release dopamine in response to emotionally charged events and then they don't put people to sleep.Anyway,there's a lot of stuff going on in your brain when you tell a story.And when you hear a story our brains love these stories.So what does all this mean?What some people are falling asleep?Yeah.To me,this is exciting because modern technology,especially in the medical world has allowed us to find these connections,right?These neuro coupling connections,all the things that happen,the mirroring uh they they show scientifically now that this is happening.In other words,it's not just opinion that this happens,but it is actual scientific proof that,hey,when I'm telling a story and the audience mem

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    Welcome to the Chucklebucket - Comedy in Storytelling - BONUS CHRISTMAS EPISODE!

    Welcome to the Chucklebucket - Comedy in Storytelling - BONUS CHRISTMAS EPISODE!

    A great comedian is one who tells stories in a funny way, not to be confused with telling funny stories.
    Our guest on this BONUS episode is none other than Dave Coulier! Born and raised in Detroit, Dave is an actor, stand-up comedian, impressionist, and television host (and massive Detroit Red Wings fan). He was of course, Joey Gladstone on the ABC sitcom Full House, he's also voiced Peter Venkman on The Real Ghostbusters, and Animal and Bunsen on Muppet Babies, just to name a few of the many characters he's portrayed and voiced over his illustrious career.
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    Welcome everyone.Week 13,we call this episode a welcome to the Chuckle Bucket because we're talking about comedy in storytelling.Uh This is Joseph and I'm here with my enigmatic Stephen and the Stoic.What is this podcast,by the way,you didn't mention that?Oh,this is,uh,well,Steve calls this the bonus Christmas episode because for people that don't watch,uh,Steve is British and Canadian and American and people who don't watch British television,actually,their,uh,their season changes,the Christmas episode,unlike,right.So,uh I have a word for you today.What's that?You're a logo,file,a logo,file,logos is Greek for words,isn't it?You're someone that loves words.I do.So I had to look that up.I mean,you've been giving us words adjectives all the way through this series.So,you know,I actually took the time.Well,to search Google for like three seconds.Find that word for you.Well,I do my thank you.Um All right.So here's our,here's our quote.And by the way,uh we've got a,we've got a really cool guest for our bonus Christmas episode.Uh Dave uh comedian,actor pilot.Uh,he's,you'll be shocked when you hear all the things that he's into,uh,he's gonna be our guest on in a little bit.So,um,here's our opening.Um,this quote is a great comedian is one who tells stories in a funny way that is not to be confused with telling funny stories.And then the other piece is,this is the,the equation for comedy,comedy equals tragedy plus time.So,I,I will,I'll open with that.What do you guys,how does that make you feel?Yeah.The first thing that comes to mind to me is that sometimes it's too,it's,it's too close to the truth to be funny because of the timing.Yeah.Yeah.So you hear that?What's,what's that expression?Uh,oh,too soon.I think that's what,isn't that what they're referring to?Like,uh,not enough time has passed to make this funny,to make this funny?So,so that's where the math comes in,in the equation here,I guess with my engineering hat on,I'm looking at this and going,this is an equation interesting.What would you call,what would you call it?I know.I see a plus symbol.A sign.Well,you put them there.That doesn't make it.I didn't put them there.I guess that makes it come just the fact you're making this into an,that's,that's funny within itself.Here you go.What a way to start,what a way to start.Um OK,so I wanna,I wanna add on to this,so this idea of uh comedy Eagles tragedy plus time.Uh So,so sometimes the stories themselves can be funny but sometimes they're,they're actually heartbreaking stories with humor injected and that makes them more palatable that,which they otherwise would be too hard to hear.Do you think that's true?They use comedy for that?Like Shrek win?What do you mean by that?Well,Shrek,I mean,it's a sad story but I mean,there's comedy interjected all the way through it.Yeah,there's some depth ogres are like onions,layers,layers.Yeah,I think the biggest thing about comedy for me is it,it has to relate to where I'm at today,right?You talk about the timing of it.In other words,I could hear something that was funny.We,we were just talking about that.Actually,I had some college teammates,we got together the last couple of days and we were talking about things that were funny to us during college.We don't find as whimsi

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    A Thousand Words – the Power of Pictures, Paint and Visual Storytelling

    A Thousand Words – the Power of Pictures, Paint and Visual Storytelling

    How do images add or take away from a written story?
    What is Visual Literacy in the Modern World?
    What is the future of art in visual storytelling?
    Our guest is Patrick McEvoy - an artist working in comics, illustration and multimedia animation, working professionally for over 25 years.
    "In terms of genre, I've done Fantasy, SF, horror, and educational work (for ages ranging from kids to high school to college)."
    "In the past I have worked on contract with Marvel, doing dozens of pictures for the Marvel Style Guide, lots of advertising, and other behind-the-scenes art. And you may have seen my work on a lot of game art, such as Arkham Horror, Call of Cthulhu, Warcraft CCG, Legend of the Five rings, and even about 100 cards for the Game of Thrones CCG."
     
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    Well,welcome everyone to the folk tellers stories to be shared podcast.It's week 11 and we're talking about 1000 words,the power of pictures,paint and visual storytelling.And I wanted to,uh,before I warm everyone up with our little thoughts for the day,let's introduce my compatriots.We have the stunning Steve Sadler.Oh,I like that word.Do you know why?Because I understand that word and the uh incomparable,that's good.There's two words we can understand and you can feel good about yourself.So I appreciate it.I just can't believe this has been a week 11 now.I mean,that's unbelievable,but it's a good thing.They say time flies and having fun,but it's still fun.We're still having fun.That's what I'm saying.This is work and this is,this is a conundrum.This is a OK.All right.So here we are week 11,we're talking about visual storytelling power of pictures.Um We're gonna have uh Patrick mcavoy on a little bit in a little bit.Um Patrick's a uh incredible artist.He does a lot of work for folk tellers and he's a big fan of Jack Kirby and people don't know who Jack Kirby is.Jack Kirby was um the Marvel artist who came up with all the biggies.He came up with the Hulk and Spiderman.And you know,it's funny,people always think Stan Lee.Stan Lee wasn't an artist.He was a writer.Uh Jack Kirby was the one who came up with,with the,the look,the,that the Marvel look.So one of the things Jack Kirby said was says,I achieve perfection.My type of perfection through visual storytelling,storytelling was my style.And then I've got another quote here.It says um this is Anthony Demelo.Um He's a uh he,I think he's actually a priest and uh uh he's a famous storyteller speaker.Um You have to understand that the shortest distance between a human being and the truth is a story.So those are our two icebreakers,gentlemen.Like,so one of the first big questions is we're gonna get into visual storytelling.So to you,what,what do you think visual storytelling is?I leave the floor open.Well,uh an image is 1000 words,right?Yeah.Pick a picture or a picture is 1000 words.I don't know what,what is the the exact phrase we're supposed to be a picture is worth 1000 words or an image,right?Or an image,right?Well,we,we're in digital today.What does that mean?We'll,we'll use image because what,what what does that really mean?Is that true or is that just a absolutely sure it is.I could look at an image and,and pull a lot of context out of that image just by looking at it just like I can if I'm driving my car down the road,I mean,that's an image that or,you know,or a picture that I'm looking at,right as I'm driving and uh and I'm pulling that story out of it.So,yeah,definitely without,without words.So from an audience perspective,and this is what,what,what I found as,as a writer,um as a writer,what I've chosen or what's been put upon me is the uh the craft that takes the longest to engage with uh where visual media,it's instantaneous,like music like you hear,you hear a couple notes or you see something visually.Um There's an immediate response reaction and either rejection or engagement where in writing

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    I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore: The Deepening of Immersive Storytelling

    I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore: The Deepening of Immersive Storytelling

    What makes for an interesting interactive story? How complex must the story be? Why some interactive stories (like in gaming) flop? Why is the user experience so important?
    Our guest this week is Ronda Thomas from Alozari.
    "At Alozari we seek to return that connection through a collaboration of seasoned professionals in events, entertainment, and technology. We’ve been weaving the real and the virtual worlds together for decades, always at the forefront of technology and engagement."
     
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    All right,this is week 10.I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.The deepening of interactive storytelling today,we're talking about interactive storytelling,immersive storytelling.And what does this all mean in this,in this modern age?And so guys,I wanna begin with a,a quote from a video game.What is a man?But the sum of his memories,we are the stories we live and the tales that we tell ourselves.This is from uh Clay Kasick of in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.If you've ever played Assassin's Creed,actually,I am not a big video game person,but I love some of the stories that they tell my kids play these deep um interactive games like Assassin's Creed.And,uh that's the only one I can think of top of my mind.But there's actually a story to those.Oh my gosh.Yeah.And they're great.I mean,they're by,they're so immersive and they're so layered.Uh,you have full character development stuff.We need to introduce our,uh compadres here.Uh We've got the elusive,elusive,you keep getting up to go to the back.Yeah,that's,that was a stretching and the uh incredulous.I have no idea what that word means.Look that one up,look it up.You are often incredulous.OK.Maybe not today because you,you were smiling.So Stephen Sadler,Stephen Sadler is here.All right guys.So uh I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.We're talking about the,the deepening of interactive storytelling.This is a,a kind of a mysterious one.Not um it's not mainstream.No,this is not mainstream.And so,you know,are or is it well?OK,let me begin with this.Let me begin with this.So here's,here's a quote about interactive storytelling in our highly mediated technology driven world.We are all looking for meaningful ways to connect.This has constantly inspired me to create environments full of lively immersive experiential elements specifically crafted to foster human connection.And this is uh David Rockwell from uh he's a,he's a game developer,but we're talking about game more than just games.We're just,I mean,this is kind of a can be a uh a melange of different interactive,what do you guys think about interactive storytelling?Like again,we'll do our,our gut check before we bring our Well.Yeah.And,and for me,when I hear this and when I,I understand what it's about,it's,it's just part of that trans media,right?It's part of that trans media approach for telling a story.You can have a film,you could have a TV,you could have uh a TV show,you could have a book and you can have it in a game or,or some type of um platform like this where the stories are being told.And this is,this is something new to me.Um And it's interesting because it is just another platform,but you have people that really enjoy this platform to tell their story,to live their story.And what,what is,what is interactive storytelling?Is it just a video game or do we live in it?00,this,this smells like a rabbit hole to me.This is all right,Steve Lay,lay down that.What's,well,there was an interesting project that um Carnegie Mellon.Um uh A few guys from Carnegie Mellon created.Uh I think they stopped the program in 2002.And it's funny because I didn't know that you were gonna title this podcast uh with Kansas.But the project was called the Oz Project,which is kind of strange.Yeah,but the way that the,the uh the Oz project works,I mean,it's probably what the,the framework that they've actually used for a lot of video gaming since

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    Lights, Camera, Story!

    Lights, Camera, Story!

    Telling Tales in Film and Television
    What makes film a compelling storytelling medium?
    How does film differ from a television series?
    How has moviemaking changed over the years?
    Our guest is Bill Sarine – Beachglass Films is a collaborative, creative-first company founded by brothers BIll and Douglas Sarine. We have a strong history of using our skillset to create high-quality entertainment. Our brand of creativity combines new strategies and technology with time-tested filmmaking expertise.
     
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    All right.Hey,welcome everyone back to the Folk Tellers podcast.Hey,uh,this is week Nine Lights,camera story,uh telling tales in film and television.Uh Our usual introduction,uh,some people call me the space cowboy.Uh This is uh Joseph Bastian and we're here with the abominable.How do you spell that?You know how to spell that?Yeah.Ok.Kurt David is here and the,uh hm,I'm not the extra.I heard you say the word A,is this like the Canadian edition of the,uh for you,the podcast for the P A?So,so we're gonna talk about storytelling uh in film and in television and we have a very cool guest.We'll bring on a little bit.Um,so I'll,I'll start with this,this quote.Um If it's a good movie,the Sound could go off and the audience would still have a pretty clear idea of what's going on.And that's a quote from Alfred Hitchcock.So,what is it about film that makes it unique,a unique storytelling medium?I'll tee it up with that.What do you think?Yeah,it's interesting because there are some parallels between television,which is what I'm involved with in film.And,and I've heard that before and in fact,I,I practiced that before.You watch a,a show without the sound on to see what that body language looks like,what the interaction the nonverbals look like.And I don't know how you do that with a film though because there's a lot to a film with music with uh you know,the visuals as well.Um But I think what,what he was trying to get at was that the story can be very evident whether the sounds on or not.I think that's probably what Hitchcock was referring to was that whether the sounds on or not these stories should be very evident.That's what my take away from that.That's,that's really good.I've got mine,I'll,I'll sit on mine until I ask Steve.So,what,what is your take on film is a storytelling medium like,right?Just your gut check or it's the closest thing to reality,right.Really?Yeah.Well,maybe tell me maybe video gaming is,um,moves even closer towards that.But obviously,when I make a film,you know,you're relating to it because it's related to other stories that,you know,are,obviously,are fictional or stories that,um,you know,uh,that have,uh been made up from the past.So it's,it's,uh,it's,it's definitely reality.I mean,um,that's definite.The other thing is,it's uh,it's very communal in my,in my opinion,like,you get to watch a movie collectively together.That's why it makes a very good medium.Right.Yeah.And it's typically like minded people that might like that genre.Right.In other words,it's a certain genre or a certain story that people attract to,like,like,you know,different movies that are out right now.There might be a certain genre that wants to watch a certain movie.It's like when we talked about music,it's very,very similar to that,you know,you get people that,you know,get,gather around to listen to a record,you know.Well,people obviously gather around to,to watch a movie collectively and,and experience that.So it makes a very good medium for storytelling because of that,of that fact.Right.That,that's really interesting.So I just thought it's something funny.So back in college,a woman I worked with,she said she goes,I had a terrible,terrible night last night.I was like,what happened?She goes,uh we went and this is when there's still Blockbuster video,right?So she,she goes,I went to rent National Velvet to watch with my mom and d

    • 42 min
    Securing Your Story

    Securing Your Story

    Protecting Your Narrative in an Open Market
    Every business has Intellectual Property, and today it’s more valuable than ever. But most businesses don’t recognize it, protect it, or exploit it. It’s usually an afterthought. When an inventor develops something new, management may start thinking about patents. When a new brand is ready to launch, management may start thinking about trademarks. When an employee leaves and takes your new product to a competitor, management may think about trade secrets.
    Every business needs to make Intellectual Property a top priority of business planning. Financial experts say that the Intellectual Property portfolio is typically one-third or more of the total value of a business. Intellectual property can also lead to greater profits, expanded market share, multiple streams of revenue, and better business reputation.
     
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    Ladies,gentlemen and everyone in between.Welcome to the folk tellers stories.We shared podcast this week,we're gonna be talking about securing your story a little professional and personal advice on protecting your narrative on the open market.So the beggars and thieves can't take your good story telling.Uh I'm here with my compatriots,Kurt David and I keep thinking about your opening here of ladies and gentlemen and everybody in between because now we're talking about protection.Ok.I'm not in touch with that and,and cut that out.But are you wearing any?Ok,this is,we're,we're going down the rabbit hole quick,Steve can't even get his name out,but uh you're here.Who else is here?Well,I'm here,Stephen Sadler,Stephen Sadler.I'm glad you're here.Stephen Sadler too.I would have missed you if you weren't here.So,anyway,all right.So,uh uh that was like just checking it in with the laughter,right?So securing your story,uh We've all published.Uh Some of us had patented,uh our stories,our ideas and,you know,it's a,it's a hidden world.It's a hidden world.I,the quote,I begin with is uh Pablo Picasso says a bad artists,copy good artists steal.I'm like,oh,that's not nice.But uh uh one of our,so I wanna want to start with a,is a book written by um one of our friends and actually our intellectual property uh attorney's name is Bill Nier.Bill wrote a book,uh a really cool book uh called the Business Owner Guide to Intellectual Property.Turning your ideas into gold.And Bill is an IP lawyer.Uh Bill couldn't be with us,but he's letting us,uh he's letting us actually steal some of his stuff.So that's kind of cool.Um Well,I guess it's not stealing if he gave us the rights.Picasso said it's ok.All right.So here's what,here's what uh Mr says about intellectual property and about protecting your,your creative ideas and stories and endeavors.He said every business and this could be every person needs to make intellectual property a top priority in their planning.Financial experts say that intellectual uh an intellectual property portfolio,say that three times fast is typically one third or more of the total value of a business.Intellectual property can also lead to greater profits,expanded market share,multiple streams of revenue and better business reputation.Uh Bill was the uh lawyer for uh Kellogg's for years and years and years.And uh they sold,when Kellogg sold um part of their portfolio,they sold Ernie the Elf uh from Kieler cookies and he had been uh the Chief Elf since 1968.Uh and in 2001,Kellogg's purchased Kieler Foods for approximately $4.5 billion.The intellectual portfolio that Ernie and his friends in the tree represented was $1.5 billion of that value.That is one very expensive Elf.And one of the things that bill advises is it's 33 steps.He says you need to research,collect and protect and we're gonna talk a little bit about that.So what do you,um,what do you guys feel like?Uh is it a,is it a waste of time to try to lock down your,your ideas and your story or is i

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