Crowdfunding for our Korea Project now open for funding!

Yooohooo! Our crowdfunding campaign for our Korea project HOW ABOUT HAVING A FASCINATION OF MIND just went online!

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Last year, I went to Korea together with my filmpartner Finnja Willner to investigate some of the most lovely weird phenomena of South-Korean everyday life culture from the Korean beauty obsession with SMALL FACES to an omnipresence of POOP in modern Korean society.

This project means a lot to me as it took me deeper into my mom's home country Korea which I'd love to call my second home.

If you spread the word and support our project you make me very very happy! Thank you!

Storytelling Is Everywhere

Following our article in 11FREUNDEthe world's fastest growing media agency network Maxus invited me to deliver a lecture on storytelling to their German employees during their strategy meeting in Dublin last month. Their innovative spirit as well as their welcoming atmosphere impressed me a lot.

Storytelling is everywhere: in Narrative Therapy, in soccer commentaries, in our nightmares ... Why is that? Why are we human beings wired to tell stories? During my lecture, the Kuleshov effect, Thor - the God of thunder, and near-death studies led us to fascinating answers about the human brain's modus operandi to invent connections and make sense of the world.

It also was a lot of fun to run interactive exercises with Maxus' employees, using my creative tools for metaphorical storytelling and out of the box problem solving. After my lecture, I was very happy to watch the attendees' entertaining performances during their storytelling competition when I was part of the jury. In a very inspiring out-of-comfort-zone manner they performed and acted out stories from Dublin about broken hearts, bridges that make you smile, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde.

Thank you, Maxus, for inviting me!

"Katti’s spectacular lecture absolutely thrilled us. Her deeply analytical view as well as her groundbreaking creative tools took us into entirely unexpected corners of the storyteller brain. A real eye-opener!" - Dr. Andreas Rapp | Marketing Project Manager | Maxus Germany

  Maxus Germany  Strategy Meeting in Dublin | Watching the storytelling competition: Katti, Dr. Andreas Rapp,  Liz Jolliffe

Maxus Germany Strategy Meeting in Dublin | Watching the storytelling competition: Katti, Dr. Andreas Rapp, Liz Jolliffe

Had a great time teaching FU Students in Berlin!

I was happy to teach creative storytelling tools for both documentaries and fictional films to students of the Institute for East European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, this month. In the workshop, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN and STORIES WE TELL taught us how question-answer patterns draw the audience in and thrill us with tension. It was a lot of fun to run my creative exercises about the power of contrast, the Magic of Misappropriation and Missing Sundays with the students.

Thank you, master students of the East European Studies Project Seminar for the great time with you! I hope you make amazing short documentaries about East European topics. Let's stay in touch.

Soccer and Storytelling in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | Feuilleton | Review on 3-part ZDF History Movie TANNBACH | Sunday, January 4th

In his insightful review, Harald Staun criticizes TANNBACH’s fear-driven obsession with pure historical facts. He refers to our analysis of ‘Soccer, Storytelling and German Movies'.

„Die Drehbuchautoren Katti Jisuk Seo und Mark Wachholz [haben] diese „Richtigkeitsfixierung“ als typisches Merkmal der deutschen Erzählkultur beschrieben (…) „Tannbach“ ist das perfekte Beispiel für diese Verzagtheit. Selbst britische Fußballkommentatoren haben ein besseres Gespür für Dramatik als die Macher deutscher Fernsehfilme. Ein wenig kommt einem „Tannbach“ wie ein Beitrag eines deutschen Fußballkommentators vor, der glaubt, es reiche, die relevanten Themen zu benennen, ohne ihnen irgendeine Bedeutung zu verleihen. Statt „Marcelo gegen Lahm“ heißt es dann eben „Ost gegen West“ oder „Schuss direkt auf den Mann“. Und wirklich niemand hat die Absicht, eine Mauer zu errichten. Sie wird einfach irgendwann gebaut.“

Buy our analysis of storytelling tools in soccer commentaries here:

60pages: http://www.60pages.com/a-test-of-character/

amazon: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00RC0ZQ82

Our E-Book ‘A Test of Character’ is launched!

Merry X-Mas! You can buy our 3 part essay ‘Soccer, Storytelling and German Movies’ as a one piece e-book now! (only in German, sorry):

Buy here: 60pages or amazon

Germany thrashed Brazil 7:1 and BBC soccer commentaries teach us storytelling tools. We compared and analyzed the German and the British soccer commentary on the mindblowing game in Belo Horizonte. Why do the Brits thrill us a thousand times more than German Béla Réthy here? What can storytellers and filmmakers learn from the British commentary?

Thanks to the ‘Spiegel’ columnist Georg Diez, the e-book publisher 60pages launched our analysis. Georg Diez co-founded 60pages to publish longform journalism in a digital way (in German and English). You can read 60pages while waiting for your laundry or on a train ride from Hamburg to Berlin or between a business meeting and a candle light dinner. 60pages goes deeper than daily journalism and gives you unsuspected insights by linking topics that are usually not linked: like soccer and cinematic storytelling. www.60pages.com

Buy our e-book to find out how „oceans of space“ create suspense and how BBC commentators develop characters that stir us with tension. Read how the BBC commentators create the story of a character test, where Brazil have to climb mountains and redefine their goals. Find out how the Brits weave a web of meaning by using metaphors and identifying real dramatic conflicts. Find out how the British soccer commentary shows us universal mechanisms of the human condition by creating deep thematic conflicts.

Buy here:

60pages: http://www.60pages.com/a-test-of-character/

amazon: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00RC0ZQ82

Short Version: Our soccer commentary analysis in '11 FREUNDE'

Tomorrow at your newsstand: BBC's soccer commentary thrills us a thousand times more than the dry boring German commentary. Why is that? When Germany thrashed Brazil 7:1, we compared the British and the German TV commentaries. What can the Brits teach us about storytelling here? 11 FREUNDE, one of Germany's most famous soccer magazines, now published our short version of our analysis (only in German, sorry).

Text by Mark Wachholz & Katti Jisuk Seo

 http://www.11freunde.de/heft/heft-155-102014

http://www.11freunde.de/heft/heft-155-102014

BBC's soccer commentaries teach us storytelling tools - PART III

Soccer, Storytelling and German Movies

PART III: Falling Apart

Essay by Mark Wachholz and Katti Jisuk Seo (only in German, sorry)

From "a composed fashion" to a total "shambolic" chaos. This is how the brazilian team changes in BBC's story of the FIFA worldcup semi-final. Read our final part to find out how the British soccer commentary shows us universal mechanisms of the human conditon us by creating deep thematic conflicts.

Read PART III.

In our 3-part analysis, we compared the German and the British soccer commentary on the mindblowing game in Belo Horizonte. Why do the Brits thrill us a thousand times more than German Béla Réthy here? What can storytellers and filmmakers learn from the British commentary?

  Photography by    Agência Brasil

Photography by Agência Brasil

In PART I OCEANS OF SPACE we analyzed how question-answer patterns, character's intentions and future predictions draw the audience in. We found out that the British commentary's courage to interpretation is crucial to thrilling storytelling.

Read PART I

In PART II A TEST OF BRAZILIAN CHARACTER  we found out how the BBC commentators create the story of a character test, where Brazil have to climb mountains and redefine their goals. Learn how the Brits weave a web of meaning by using metaphors and identifying real dramatic conflicts.

Read PART II

Korea is a Rubic's Cube

Finnja Willner and I are starting to shoot KOREA IS A RUBIC'S CUBE (working title) ! In our short documentaries, we will investigate where the Korean obsession with poop is coming from, why a tiny 'cd-sized' face is a must-have in Korea and what Koreans can teach us about powernapping through the day. During our one month of filming in Seoul, Busan and Daegu, we will keep you updated about our insights in happily unhappy Korean life-style.

Youth Stories made in Seoul

The International Youth Jury of the 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival just created amazing stories about violins, yellow pillows and long sleeve swimsuits in my scriptwriting seminar. I was very happy to teach 36 youths from 11 different countries how to create fascinating stories by connecting tiny problems with special personal objects. We had a very funny session. Thanks, International Youth Jury for taking me to your worlds of vegetable throwing, banana presents and badly wanted reading glasses.

BBC's soccer commentaries teach us storytelling tools - PART II

 Photography by   Agência Brasil

Photography by Agência Brasil

Soccer, Storytelling and German Movies

Essay by Mark Wachholz and Katti Jisuk Seo (only in German, sorry)

We compared and analyzed the German and the British soccer commentary on the mindblowing game in Belo Horizonte. Why do the Brits thrill us a thousand times more than German Béla Réthy here? What can storytellers and filmmakers learn from the British commentary?

In PART I OCEANS OF SPACE we analyzed how question-answer patterns, character's intentions and future predictions draw the audience in. We found out that the British commentary's courage to interpretation is crucial to thrilling storytelling.

Read PART I

PART II: A Test of Brazilian Character

Read the second part of our analysis to learn how the BBC commentators create the story of a character test, where Brazil have to climb mountains and redefine their goals. Find out how the Brits weave a web of meaning by using metaphors and identifying real dramatic conflicts.

Read PART II

An organ-eating maze, a daughter with gills and a harmony-seeking bunny

We had inspiring creative two months shaping these filmArche graduation projects. I was happy to coach Nat, Felix, Nils, Tobias and Obst!

Hilde
Director: Felix Knoche
MELLY (13) drowned and returned as a mermaid. Her single mother HILDE (40), afraid of loosing her daughter again, would give everything to keep her at home. (Genre: Dark Drama).

"Thanks to Katti’s creative techniques that really made my water creature come to life!" – Felix

Weaving thieving spider fly
Director: Nat Tafel-Magnat
Eye for an eye, your life for my pie. After sneakily tasting food from a feast laid out at her dead patient's home, Maia, a doctor, is held prisoner there by a growing labyrinth of rooms with no exit door. Her organs will be devoured, unless she finds a way to repay her debt to the dark powers of the flat without losing her life. (Genre: Dark Drama).

"My breakthrough moment with Katti: learning to write my script in images and sound!" – Nat

Nimmermehr
Director: Nils Helling
Since his father hung himself, Nimo is locked up in a spirit world, where he must defend his house each night against gaunt creatures from the woods. After they break in, the 10-year-old has no choice but to find his way back to the real world before he disappears forever. The only path back leads through the place of his most terrifying memories. (Genre: Horror/Dark Drama).

"Thank you Katti for helping me turn my childhood fears into a dark and gritty movie script!" –Nils

Harmony Bunny
Director: Tobias Fitting
Fabian (24) is secretly in love with his new, lively flatmate Sophie, but fears he comes across as too nice. As he attempts to appear more mature and manly than he really is, he risks losing exactly what she most loves about him. (Genre: Comedy).

"Katti gave me many tools for giving my script depth and my characters life. Thanks to her workshops my whole comedy story became unique and funny" – Tobias

Inventing the wheel anew
Director: Obst
The 40 year-old Jenny and her younger brother Karl have been hanging on to their mother Andrea, since she has been admitted to hospital. As Andrea realises that she will never come out again, she takes a decision that will profoundly alter the family dynamics of the trio. (Genre: Drama).

"Many thanx that you killed my old script and that you got me to write it in a better way! ;-)" - Obst

Notes on "The trilogy of the interspatiality of love"
Director: Davide Crivelli When his muse (Jessica) reveals her past, a director (M.) feels compelled to shoot a film about her. Jessica goes on a quest for her identity until she loses everything‬. M., left alone and lost, feels like naked without her. (Genre: Experimental Dramedy).

Germany thrash Brazil 7:1 and BBC commentaries teach us storytelling tools.

Soccer, Storytelling and German Movies

Essay by Mark Wachholz and Katti Jisuk Seo (only in German, sorry)

PART I: Oceans of Space

We compared and analyzed the German and the British soccer commentary on the mindblowing game in Belo Horizonte. Why do the Brits thrill us a thousand times more than German Béla Réthy here? What can storytellers and filmmakers learn from the British commentary? Read our essay to find out how „oceans of space“ create suspense and how BBC commentators develop characters that stir us with tension.

 Photography by  Thomás

Photography by Thomás

I'm here!

Dear friends, filmmakers, scriptwriters, producers, film students,

I'm excited to present you my website. Visit me here if you want to stay updated about my training events, my creative consulting service, my scriptwriting and new thoughts on storytelling.

Thanks to my family, Mark Wachholz, Marc O. Perino, Tyll, Edu Ramon for creating this website with me.

 Snapshot from the 2014 seminar "Rotary Drums in Characters", see "The Lollipop of Contradiction" in  Seminars

Snapshot from the 2014 seminar "Rotary Drums in Characters", see "The Lollipop of Contradiction" in Seminars