The Power of Storytelling

One of the first essential elements of human nature is the need of stories and, consequently, of storytelling. We have been telling each other stories since we lived in grottos and, still today in 2015, stories are one of the most powerful ways to communicate, teach and learn.

As storyteller and writer David Campbell says: “Stories are a gift that will never break, every time you give it away it will be better, you can give it away and you’ll still have it but it won’t be no use if you don’t give it away.”

Stories have been the centre of my world since I was a child: I’ve collected them, created them and expressed my desperate need to share them through any channel I felt could be suitable, from writing to comics, from photos to films. Every time the power of the stories, their characters and structures were inescapably connected to the technique through which they were shared.

I have recently experienced the most antique technique for sharing stories: Storytelling. You find a story you want to share with others, you relate to it and to your audience, and you create pictures and actions through oral narration, in order to transfer these images and emotions to others.

To me storytelling is very similar to cinema, the most powerful tool to tell stories. There is structure, script, picturing, editing but, unlike in movies, there is immediacy and participation. It’s like your audience was with you while you were shooting your film. And every time is different.

I have never experienced such a powerful connection with myself, my audience and nature itself. I felt a better human being, a better narrator and, so, a better filmmaker.

I am a Storyteller.

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