Storytelling

In this collection of articles we celebrate the art of storytelling, looking at outstanding uses of narrative techniques and exploring how compelling stories can be told in children’s books, VR experiences, TV dramas, podcasts & more

Creating His Dark Materials

The world of Philip Pullman’s epic adventure series has been brought to life in an eight-part drama co-produced by the BBC and HBO. We talk to Executive Producer Joel Collins about building alternate realities and creating a host of CGI creatures

How I Got Here: Lemn Sissay

Ahead of the release of his memoir, the poet discusses growing up in care, documenting his existence through poems when no one else listened, and poetry’s remarkable pop culture resurgence

How I Got Here: Andy Gent

We talk to puppet maker Andy Gent about working on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs and Fantastic Mr Fox, and how stop motion animation is in a golden age, much to his surprise and delight

The gif & the art of storytelling

From low comedy to high art, the humble gif has become a powerful storytelling device. Emily Gosling meets Adam Leibsohn, Chief Operating Officer of Giphy, the search engine powering a new medium

Making of the S-Town podcast: why & how

Released in March this year, the S-Town podcast from the makers of This American Life and Serial reimagines the way oral stories can be told. CR’s Salonee Gadgil speaks to its host and executive producer Brian Reed about the complexities of telling the story of John B McLemore in this new experimental format and attempts to uncover the secret to its success. (Warning: contains spoilers)

Crafting a journey through Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory

My Golden Ticket, the new book from children’s publisher Wonderbly, takes young readers on a tour through Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory – and is a brilliant example of personalised storytelling using algorithms and one huge InDesign file. In 1964, Roald Dahl created one of the most bonkers and memorable children’s book settings of all time. […]

Illustrator Tom Gauld on telling tales with toons

Tom Gauld’s new collection of cartoons examines the world of books, from their writing and publication, to how we read and talk about them. Mark Sinclair speaks to the illustrator about coming up with ideas, constructing visual jokes and how, even with a distinctly minimalist approach, there is always a story to tell Tom Gauld’s […]