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The Anti-narrative of Film – Interview with Mark Cousins

Speaking with Mark Cousins during his tour of The Story of Film, the director outlined how he sped up his 900 minute film to turn its flaneur-like walk through a hundred years of movie history into a frantic dance. But since his early television work presenting Moviedrome and Scene by Scene through to more recent directorial work on the films The New Ten Commandments and The First Movie, Cousins’ projects have been characterised by this arm around the waist of a personalised celluloid. And it’s an approach that sees plenty of exposure in Cousins’ most recent project.

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AVlap #1 – ‘Gray Spirit Yearning’ – A tour of Monologuists

Photo courtesy of Clay Walker

“In the lands of the North, where the Black Rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the Men of the Northlands sit by their great log fires and they tell a tale…”

So began each episode of stop-motion animated Nordic King, Noggin the Nog‘s beloved children’s television show. Noggin is an early (abeit fictional) example of a monologuist, the subject for this first in a series of audio visual storytelling primers from Overlap. I’m considering a monologue to be a dramatic first person speech that tells a story from the speaker, but over the course of the half a dozen examples we’ll look at in this primer it’ll become apparent that most, if not all, of these characteristics are flexible, if not disposable.

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Overlap is a place for investigation, discussion and events about new and forgotten storytelling. We focus on emerging and undiscovered platforms for stories and narrative – everything from videogames, augmented reality and role-playing games to flash mobs, social media and more.

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