02 Sep 2016

Why storytelling is so important as a film-maker.

There are many elements that go in to making a film; the cinematography, the characters, the equipment, the music and the story. But why is storytelling so central to being a film-maker?


The entire multi-billion dollar filmmaking industry is built on the insatiable human desire to experience, tell and see stories through film confirming the importance of learning storytelling. 

 ‘If you are connected to, and inspired by the story, you become one with it, and working on it becomes second nature.’
—Oliver Gallini and Nic Justice

With so much emphasis and excitement surrounding new and complex technologies being used in film, it can be easy to forget the importance of the basics. The true art of storytelling involves writing active characters who engage the audience. Make us care what is happening in the story. Of course script, locations, lighting choices, visual effects, camera movement and placement and strong cinematography all go to telling the best story possible. 

The gear you choose to use can make great characters in engaging situations look good but will never elevate the story or touch the emotions of theaudience if it is passive or bland. The audience wants to be transported for ninety minutes not merely distracted for ninety minutes.

AFTT’s film diploma is a full-time two-year immersive, practical experience learning, living and breathing visual storytelling. The course has been developed to help aspiring filmmakers find their unique voice to tell the stories that matter to them. 

Connecting with people is not only the most important aspect of storytelling but also the most rewarding.
Mark Teiwes

Andrew Stanton in his TED talk ‘ The Clues to a Great Story’  describes how ‘Storytelling – is joke telling. It’s knowing your punch line, your ending, knowing that everything your saying from the first sentence to the last, is leading to a singular goal and ideally confirming some truth, that deepens our understandings of who we are as human beings. We all love stories.’

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