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I was always wondering what the different types of espresso beverages were and could never get a definitive answer out of anyone. Well, I finally found this nifty little chart courtesy of http://www.buzzfeed.com/jonah/espresso-chart that explains it nicely. Enjoy!
I just finished reading the book Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee. He came to town about 3 years ago to teach, but little did I know who the world renowned teacher really was. Well, I was in for a surprise during the course of his seminar. It was probably one of the most mind bending, yet informative weekends I have been to, just ask anyone who has taken the course already. Being sick during the whole weekend didn’t help my situation.
Since I have started writing, I have read several books on screenwriting. They have all helped me to learn the basics of screenwriting, the history of Hollywood and how writers got their start as well as how the industry has changed over the last century. Robert McKee’s book concentrates on more of the science behind story. Although it is tailored towards the screenwriter, his techniques can be used for all types of writing. My eyes were opened after finishing the book and it allowed me to see the difference between good writing and great writing.
I encourage anyone who is looking into making their storytelling and communication better by picking up this book or audio book. It’s not a difficult read, but I think it will open your eyes to ‘story’ like no other book has.
Growing up watching films, I have always been fascinated by movie posters and the art behind them. The ones that really caught my eye were the realistic, illustrated ones that were best suited for the film of spic proportions. I figured that nowadays they might have taken a photo and used some sort of impressionist effect to get that painted look, but to my surprise and delight, these posters are still hand drawn or painted and on top of that, they are all done by the same person! That man is Drew Struzan.
Titan Books has now released a compilation of his work in a new book called The Art of Drew Struzan. Press Release: http://titanbooks.com/blog/out-now-art-drew-struzan/
I just thought I would share the info. Please take a look at some of his work. Here are a few of my favourites.
For the first time in a long time, going to the movies is fun again! That’s right folks, I can’t remember the last time I have been this excited to go see a film and walk away from it feeling just as good. The film I am talking about is Inception by the creative genius of Christopher Nolan, and it did not disappoint. Since this was a Chris Nolan film, I knew it was going to be released at a certain level of quality. If there is one thing that you rely on about Mr. Nolan, is that he will not release anything that isn’t written well. It all starts with a good story.
Chris Nolan also knows that spectacle can’t carry a story. This film was flooded with traditional and CGI special effects. Things that we have all seen before in one way or another, but they were done in a complexly new and different way and that did not deter the writer from having a great story to tell.
Everything about this film came together, from the music, to the original story and how it was all put together. It has so many elements, but did not leave the audience in the dust wondering what just happened. Every single member of the cast was exceptional and fit perfectly with their characters. I love all these actors from previous films and it was a delight to see them all work together on one film.
Prestige goes to Mr. Nolan for keeping it clean. On top of all these wonderful story elements, he managed to have no more than a couple of swears, little to no gratuitous violence and nothing crude in the film. Inception proves everything I have said and thought about filmmaking. Start with a good script and only add what is necessary to carry the story forward. Other filmmakers today have it backwards.
To my pleasant surprise, audiences have taken to this film and are raving about it all over. I’m really glad to hear this, as I probably have not given the viewing public enough credit. They want good films, but the general filmmaking population is starving them of it. Thanks Chris for making films that you believe in. I hope I can do the same.