— Nathaniel Drew & Johnny Harris —

Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling

Learn how to capture your travel experience and share your story through video.

About This Course

In this course, travel filmmakers Johnny Harris and Nathaniel Drew team up to deconstruct and share all they know about the art of visual storytelling. With a focus on how to tell a compelling travel story, this course will give both beginners and experts the perspectives and skills they need to tell better stories through video. Storytelling goes way beyond a fun vacation edit — it’s about finding meaning in your experiences and sharing them in a way that is meaningful to others. It’s about making sense of your life and learning about who you are. This course covers every step of the process, from idea generation all the way to shooting and post-production, and how to make use of music to develop your edit. Join Johnny and Nathaniel as they lean into their extensive experience and distinct styles to teach you key insights into the art of storytelling.

What you will learn

  • The three levels of visual storytelling

  • Different ways to think about story

  • How to reflect on and choose a theme for your story

  • How to capture your experiences while on the ground

  • How to structure a story both on paper and in the edit

  • Post-production techniques for better story editing

  • How music can help you tell a better story

Watch Lesson Samples

Explore Chapters

The Levels of Storytelling, Introduced

Everyone has to start somewhere, and in this lesson, Johnny and Nathaniel explain their storytelling framework: from simple linear stories (level 1) to artistic non-linear (level 2) to more advanced techniques (level 3).

Level 1: Linear Documentation

In this lesson, Johnny and Nathaniel critique examples of their own level 1 stories. Then, they introduce the concept of “forward motion” and explain why it’s important to good storytelling.

Level 2: Artistic Non-Linear

Discover how level 2 storytelling builds on the main principles of level 1 storytelling with additional techniques like tension and context.

Advanced: Exploring a Personal Theme

Nathaniel Drew shares how he uses a personal angle to tell strong stories. He dives into his thought process as he approaches these types of stories and how he has successfully achieved this in one of his videos.

Exploring an Issue

Johnny Harris shares how he uses his travel experiences to explore bigger issues within his stories.

Meet Your Instructors

Nathaniel Drew is a travel photographer and filmmaker who fell in love with languages many years ago and has dedicated himself to slow traveling and documenting his experiences around the world online. His desire to tell stories is rooted in his belief that stories are a powerful tool to make sense of both the world, and our own lives. He is currently based in Paris and has spent time living in Italy, Mexico, the United States and Argentina. Johnny Harris is a one-man-band filmmaker and journalist. Formally educated in international relations and self taught as a cinematographer and motion graphics artist, Johnny uses visual storytelling to bring viewers to new places and show them why things happen the way they do. Johnny’s visual style relies on cinematic videography, beautiful digital cartography, and rigorous journalism to make even the most complicated issues accessible to a broad audience.

Visual StorytellingBy Nathaniel Drew & Johnny Harris