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The Content Creative Process that Delivers a Larger Audience

By: R. Michael Brown

Medici Gardens in Florence, Italy

Medici Gardens in Florence, Italy

Most 8 year-olds learn how to write, draw, and paint by grabbing a piece of blank paper and just get started. Not me.

I grew up in Italy and in 3rd grade I found out how Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci started a creative project. They learned it in the Medici family gardens in Florence where they were apprentices.

The rich Renaissance family set up the garden as a teaching studio.

Student artists were assigned to master artists and the apprentices leaned their craft by copying the work of their mentors. The masters taught them to immerse themselves in a subject to learn everything about it. They studied not only the form but the history, stories, everything they could find out about a subject they were going to produce.

I call this “immersion therapy.”

Medici family home Florence, Italy

Medici family home in Florence, Italy where art apprentices learned their craft.

The combination of immersion and copying the styles of the masters helped the apprentice learn the techniques of discovery, learning, materials, tools, and technical craft to paint, sculpt, and more. It helped them learn how to feel a subject and see it deeper from many angles.

The young artists found out how to visualize a story in their work.

Michelangelo The Last Judgment

Michelangelo “The Last Judgement” Sistine Chapel in Vatican City

Apprentices did this until they were competent enough to create their own style. They continued immersion therapy on each project but no longer needed to copy. They created from the knowledge and feelings they had about the subject and could tell stories with a painting or statue.

Leonardo da Vinci invention drawingLeonardo da Vinci took it to extremes and it inspired him into engineering, architecture, and invention – well beyond art.

Leonardo da Vinci 2 Wheel Paddleboat

Leonardo da Vinci 2-Wheeled Paddleboat

This model for learning and the creative process has been the most effective method I’ve seen or used for producing content – writing, illustration, painting, sculpture, video, film, and photography. Most of the best producers of content use this process to learn and continue it throughout their careers.

I use it every day.

The process helps especially in producing in-depth content marketing material like feature stories.  It inspires ideas for creative non-fiction, not just straight, grind it out, news or marketing copy.

The Galapogos: Connect & Conserve. R. Michael Brown, Writer & Producer. Picked up by Discovery Channel International.

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My story in the Galapagos Islands is a modern day example of “immersion therapy” to produce the story.  My cameraman Abdiel Vivancos, audio Frankie Linero, and I were there for 2 weeks getting aerials, chartering boats, hiking mountains.  But I studied the islands and project for 3 months in pre-production, plus worked with Equador government agencies, before going.  The islands don’t have electric power…. interesting logistics to charge camera batteries.  The segment was picked up by Discovery Network International.

When used effectively, I’ve found that producing content using immersion therapy makes a more emotional connection with viewers, attracts a larger audience, encourages more engagement, and works to draw customers to a story and brand.

Immersion therapy isn’t easy to master, and takes time and effort, but the benefits of richer and more insightful stories will payoff in a stronger brand connection with the audiences you want to reach.

The Everglades Used to Have a Heartbeat – It Doesn’t Anymore

In 2017 the Everglades Foundation was promoting a campaign to pass major legislation to restore the Everglades.

As the communications director of the Palm Beach Civic Association, a Foundation partner, Mike wrote and produced the following to help inform the public and win passing the Florida state law. It worked. The law passed and thousands saw this media.

The Everglades Used to Have a Heartbeat It Doesn’t Anymore

By: R. Michael Brown, Writer | Producer

“The Everglades was once looked upon as a worthless swamp,” said Dr. Wendelberger. “It stood in the way of prosperity and opportunity in Florida, a wasteland destined to be drained, ditched, and diverted for farming and the housing of the earliest settlers and tourists.”

That damage now has to be undone. 8 million water fresh water drinkers depend on it.

Directors and members of the Civic Association took an airboat tour of the Everglades with their corporate partner The Everglades Foundation. The purpose – learn about restoration of this national treasure.