Violence and story
http://wp.me/p3aXGE-30 Following the Aurora shooting, Gangster Squad’s release was delayed and a scene in which a shooting occurred in a movie theater was altered. After the Newtown tragedy, Paramount delayed the premiereof Jack Reacher; and Showtime put warnings in front of… View Post
The Science of Story
I just put up a new blog post about the scientific study of story. I came across this video from the World Science Festival called, Why We Tell Stories: Science of Narrative. In searching the web for books and articles about stories and storytelling from a scientific angle, I’ve found a handful of accessible books about… View Post
Want to READ THE NEXT CHAPTER of SIEGE AND STORM?
lbardugo: The first 25 pages are already up on the Grisha Trilogy Facebook Page. When we get to 3000 likes, Mac will release the next chapter. More Darkling More Mal And you’ll get to meet Sturmhond ;) https://www.facebook.com/GrishaTrilogy Okay, all you Grisha fans out there. You can read more of the next installment of the Grisha trilogy just by clicking “like”. How easy is...
Argo: Story saves the day
A kind-of review of Argo and the meaning I got from it. Quick disclaimer — if you have adverse reactions to spoilers, then you might not want to read on. I finally watched Argothis weekend. Ever since I heard about this film, the concept really intrigued me. I used to really love old, campy B-movies, and the… View Post
bryankonietzko: arantanchum: Vinny demoing some snow footsteps with a starch bag. From Wikipedia: Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects which are added in post production to enhance the quality of audio for films, television, video, video games, and radio. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass....
Story's "Sugar Coat"
I just read a great book called “The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make us Human” and it made me think about how we get meaning out of stories. Since we read and watch stories in order to understand ourselves and our world, it follows that we are looking for meaning in story. In fairy tales, it is the moral of the story – a clear lesson a child (or adult, for that matter) is...
How many times have you watched Star Wars or whatever your favorite book or movie is? Ever wonder why? How is a story able to draw you in, capture your imagination, and keep you coming back for more? Why do we get addicted to marathoning episodes of shows like Lost, or Breaking Bad, or Game of Thrones? And why do some stories resonate with us, while others… View Post
What is a Story?
I take a look at the stories behind Life of Pi and Skyfall In the book Winning The Story Wars, author Jonah Sachs defines a story this way: “Stories are a particular type of human communication designed to persuade an audience of a storyteller’s worldview.” Normally when we talk about story, we think about… View Post
I recently discovered a great podcast by Krista Tippett called “On Being” in which she interviews lots of fascinating people about all aspects of life, from science, to history, to spirituality and beyond. I’ve found it really inspiring. And yesterday, one of their bloggers put up a post about The Last Airbender. Thanks Trent Gilliss and Krista Tippett! On Being’s...
Vivian Maier: A photographer's story
The trailer for “Finding Vivian Maier” was just released. I can’t wait! I learned about the amazing story of Vivian Maier last year and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. It has everything that makes for a fascinating story — an intriguing hero, a call to adventure, a quest, and a mystery to solve. In 2007, a Chicago… View Post
The Academy Awards: Why the best picture nominees...
The Academy Awards are next week, and looking over the list of best picture nominees, I’m surprised I’ve actually seen a majority of the films (Amour, Django Unchained, and Argobeing the exceptions.) But I’m also pleasantly… View Post
Could reading a story about an experience and encountering it in real life have the same effect on our brain? There are scientists researching this question and what they’ve found is pretty amazing. The results have made me really think about why I’m… View Post
New blog post is up for your reading pleasure.
I’m excited to announce my new blog, which is mainly focused on story — why we need it and why it matters. I invite you to check out my first ever “real” blog post. If you enjoy what you read, I hope you share with others. I’d love to create a community of readers who love stories and want to explore with me as I try to figure out why some work and some don’t,...
Seth's Blog: The roller coaster of shipping →
A pretty concise and accurate description of the creative process. If you haven’t read Seth Godin’s blog before, check it out. He’s part business guy, part artist, part motivational speaker. I just read his latest book, “The Icarus Deception.” It will inspire you to make art, whatever your “art” is.