As regular readers know, I’m a little bit obsessed with images – both still and moving. And one of the main reasons for that is their power to tell a story without the need for words. So often, I see things that words within my vocabulary simply can’t describe.
The art of the visual storyteller is to play on this concept, and relay the full gamut of emotions we have at our disposal by uses nothing but images. Words, in true visual story telling, are not allowed.
Below are two examples of great visual storytelling. The first, written and directed by Norwegian filmmaker Kristoffer Borgli, uses no dialogue and no music. It relies solely on the pictures to tell its excellent story. The second, directed by Ted Chung and posted to this blog before, is slightly different in that is uses music to enhance the emotions evoked in the imagery. It’s also shot entirely in black and white, which somehow enhances rather than takes away from the tale being told.
However, both are fantastic, and are shot well with great sound design. There are many more excellent examples of visual storytelling out there, in it purest form. If you’ve got good examples, please let me know.