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Six Second Storytelling Advice

Author and comedian Ted Travelstead has built an ongoing story with Twitter’s Vine video tool, playing both characters in a funny set of conversations between hillbilly twins in the big city.

You can watch all his Twins Talkin’ videos here. We’ve embedded the first video in his series below. He called the six-second video platform “a fun, goofy toy.”

Travelstead published The Petraeus Files: All the Photos, Chats, Poems, and Other Super-Secret Emails They Don’t Want You to See with St. Martin’s Griffin imprint and has more than 30,000 followers on Twitter.

Over at Tribeca Film’s blog, Travelstead explored this new part of his career:

Often I make Vines on the spur of the moment, so playing both parts is most convenient for that. I like featuring two different sides of myself in the characters as well. It’s fun to play the cynical, world-weary side against the childlike, fun-loving side. A fictional backstory for the twins? Backwoods orphans that somehow made it into a metropolis. The twin who’s more capable of living in the real world took an oath on their mother’s deathbed to watch over his brother. They both work at a pencil factory, one in the accounting office, and one in the production plant sweeping up and oiling the machinery.

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