Without a doubt, this is an amazing time to be a storyteller. We have moved beyond the simple democratization of storytelling and production tools. Funding, marketing and distribution solutions are commoditized, providing storytellers numerous opportunities to bring their work to an audience.
Lance Weiler is a storyteller, entrepreneur and thought leader. An alumni of the Sundance Screenwriting Lab, he is recognised as a pioneer because of the way he mixes storytelling and technology. WIRED magazine named him “one of 25 people helping to re-invent entertainment and change the face of Hollywood.” Always interested in experimenting with new ways to tell stories and engage audiences, Lance has designed experiences that have reached millions of people via theaters, mobile devices and online. In recognition of these storytelling innovations, BUSINESSWEEK named Lance “One of the 18 Who Changed Hollywood.” He sits on a World Economic Forum steering committee for the future of content creation, is part of a think tank on the future of film at NYU and teaches at Columbia University on the art, craft and business of storytelling in the 21st Century. He is the founder of the WorkBook Project, an open creative network for storytellers, and the co-founder of DIY DAYS, a roving conference for those who create. Since 2009, he has written a column for Filmmaker Magazine on the collision of storytelling and technology entitled Culture Hacker. Lance is currently working on a trilogy of participatory storytelling projects the first of which launches this Fall and includes an actual space launch.
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