On the day of my 29th birthday, I watched the documentary film I’m Fine, Thanks. IFT told the story of people who were rejecting the status quo, doing what they cared about, and understanding the risks along the way. When I watched the doc, it really helped spark a mindfulness in my life over the decisions I was making, the life I was pursuing, and what really mattered to me.
As inspiring a film as IFT was, Grant’s story of what happened after the success, and how it impacted his family, relationships, work ethic, and personal life. Because we all experience what occurs after success, which is that life goes on! Sometimes we try to hang on to our high points at the risk of missing the parts of life which follow, which is missing a lot of life! Grant now works at StillMotion, and he shares a little bit of the stories he wants to share, and the framework they use when looking for compelling documentary topics.
The StillMotion Elements of a Compelling Story
A Character who displays Complexity, Uniqueness, and Desire.
To drive the point home, I found a great video from StillMotion on Storytelling:
One of the great parts of interviewing a filmmaker is the beautiful visual content we can share with you. So while these show notes are a little light on text, the visual quality is probably better than any episode I’ve shared in the past! Now, on to the actual interview with Grant.
- I’m Fine, Thanks
- StillMotion films on Vimeo
- Adam Baker of MANvsDEBT
- Dead Poet’s Society
- The Legend of Grant Peelle
- Connect with Grant on Twitter or Facebook!
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