Here at Kanoti we are no strangers to the power of storytelling, so last Friday a handful of us made our annual pilgrimage to Matt Locke’s The Story conference, a one-day “celebration of everything that is wonderful, inspiring and awesome about stories, in whatever medium possible”. As ever, we were treated to a hugely diverse and well-informed selection of speakers, and while it would be pointless to try and sum up the day here (you kind of had to be there), here’s some highlights I wanted to share:
Laura Dockrill is a favourite here at Kanoti and she captivated us all by literally telling us a story, which is a surprisingly rare occurrence at this conference. Laura also spoke passionately about the importance of getting children to write their own stories with confidence and creativity.
Michael Please talked about the making of (both conceptual and practical) his stunning, painstakingly created stop-motion animation The Eagleman Stag. The film is about our perception of time, namely that the longer we live, the faster time seems to pass. It sounds deep and it is.
Fiona Romeo is head of design and digital media at the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory and she talked about her approach to museum curation, somewhat unexpectedly informed by her background at Disney. Fiona discussed the challenges inherent in using exhibitions to tell stories – for example, museum spaces offer mostly non-linear paths – and she shared some really exciting examples including an exhibit on climate change that was literally flooded with water.
Rob Manuel rounded off the afternoon talking about the power structures of the internet, asking us to examine our knee-jerk reaction to “the bottom half of the internet” (as in “don’t read the comments!”). Read a version of his talk here.
And finally: Ben Bocquelet is the creator of anarchic Cartoon Network series The Amazing World of Gumball. He solicited huge LOLs by casting some light on the mysterious process of cartoon development, and showing us clips like this:
Until next year!