For those of you who read this newsletter, you know I regularly write about my family. I did not publish last Tuesday because the previous Tuesday my daughter’s longtime companion and love, Durant “Scooter” Davis, III died.
Sorry to be so abrupt, but his loss has devastated her as well as those of us who love her and loved Scooter. He had just turned 40 the Tuesday before. My daughter is essentially a widow at 36.
The details of his death are still unknown. The Richmond City Police Major Crimes Division is investigating. He was a kind, caring, and compassionate man.
He is and will be missed.
Between the pandemic, the misbehavior of people in power, and the reactions said misbehavior has engendered we as a nation are being challenged to live into our better selves.
In ancient Rome, the highest compliment that could be paid was to say someone was a Citizen. And the worst slur was to call someone an Idiot. An Idiot is someone who puts their personal interest ahead of the welfare of the community.
I believe we live into the stories we tell ourselves.
One of the stories I tell myself is that whenever anyone is deprived of their freedom, we are all diminished.
My dad used to say, “Beware when they suppress the blue-eyed people, because they’re coming after us next.”
I feel compelled to find something positive to write about.
So, on a brighter note, I spent yesterday morning watching a Henrico County Public Access TV crew video a puppet show. Chris Hudert of Applause Unlimited presented three of my favorite Aesop Fables: The Grasshopper and the Ant; The City Mouse and the Country Mouse, and The Tortoise and the Hare. Chris and I went to college together and when he retired as the Boss Clown for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus he came home to Richmond. He joined the late Terry Snyder at Applause Unlimited. The pandemic has put a stop to his touring performances and he and I have been talking about how to capture the energy of his shows for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th screens.
Are you familiar with that concept? Movie screens are the first screen, TVs the second, Computer Monitors the third and Smart Phones the fourth. I guess tablets are v3.5.
I subscribe to Frank Lloyd Wright’s mentor Louis Sullivan’s premise that “Form Follows Function.” As such, we frequently see the notice before a movie on TV warning us the film has been edited or reformatted from its original form to fit the screen and time restraints.
For the TV/Video producer/director this presents significant challenges. How do we shoot and edit so our audiences can enjoy our product on all these mediums without our having to reproduce the shows to fit the specific demands of each medium?
That’s one of our major challenges here at storytellerschannel.com as we get closer to figuring out how The Storytellers Channel as we plan for our studio. Bigger screens have room to show more, smaller screens require tighter focus showing less at any one time. But if we shoot for the 4th screen we wind up with suboptimal content for the second screen. However, with the new 4K format and the expensive editing software and computer capacity necessary to take advantage of its capabilities we can capture footage that will work for both although we’re still stuck with having to re-edit. I promised a brighter note.
First, spend some time with Aesop’s Fables from the Library of Congress. Their timeless wisdom is comforting.
Second, Check out Applause Unlimited ’s show pages. The pictures of their whimsical puppets will bring a smile to your face. We hope to be recording some of their magic soon.
Third, we hope you’ll be happy for us here at storytellerschannel.com as we get closer to figuring out how to bring the stories currently only available on our site to 2nd and 4th Screen viewers.
I Want to Hear from You
Remember, be a good citizen. Don’t be an idiot!
1. Wash your hands.
2. Keep your distance.
3. Stay home if you’re sick.
4. Wear a mask in public.
I’d love to hear your stories.
Share with me stories that matter to you and I’ll share them with our readers.
Tell me about the people who have shaped you.
Or share stories of people living into their better selves.
We need encouragement.
Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Til next time,