Chip Flaherty on the Importance of Storytelling in Filmmaking
On October 13, Chip Flaherty spoke at Franciscan University of Steubenville about the importance of storytelling and movie-making.
Here is an excerpt of what he talked about from Franciscan’s website:
Flaherty explained the power and gift of story and its importance in filmmaking, which he described as “the industry of storytelling.” He used the example of the evil king Miraz from the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, one of Walden Media’s recent films, who banned the telling of certain stories to keep control of Narnia.
“The stories that are told shape a country, a culture, a people. Kids already know there is darkness; we have to tell them stories of knights, of courage, of standing up for the underdog, or when they do encounter injustice and evil they will be helpless against it.”
Flaherty also gave students a walk-through of the movie production industry, explaining the roles of the development, finance, business affairs, and marketing divisions. He emphasized that there is a place within the industry for anyone who is interested, hard working, and persistent enough.