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Great Filmmakers and their take On Filmmaking and Style

From Welles and Godard to Tarkovsky and Bresson, On Filmmaking and Style shares a collection of insight from filmmakers who emphasize an essential quality of film, the filmmaker’s style. Vision, imagination, and an awareness of cinema’s audio-visual language are at the heart of the filmmaker’s style, proving that the greatest cinematic tool lies within the filmmaker him/herself. Read MoreRead More

On Motivation: Beloved Composer Leonard Bernstein on Why We Create

Maria Popova covers some of the speechs and writings of Leonard Bernstein for insight into why we create. An even greater and more enduring mystery than the question of what creativity is and how it works is the question of why we humans create in the first place. One of the most beautiful and profound responses to that eternal question comes from Read MoreRead More

Jack Kerouac Lists 9 Essentials for Writing Spontaneous Prose

Here are Jack Kerouac’s 9 steps for spontaneous prose – useful for getting ideas onto a page and getting the creative muscle moving. Jack Kerouac wants you to turn writing into “free deviation (association) of mind into limitless blow-on-subject seas of thought, swimming in sea of English with no discipline, other than rhythms of rhetorical Read MoreRead More

How To Be Creative | Off Book

Creativity has always been essential for our cultural growth, but there are still many misconceptions about this elusive process. Not the left-brain/right-brain binary that we’ve come to believe, being creative is considerably more complex, and requires a nuanced understanding of ourself and others. Being a powerful creative person involves letting go of preconceived notions of what Read MoreRead More

What Jim Henson Teaches Us about Bridging Creative Integrity and Commercial Success

Maria Papova explores how Jim Henson bridged art and commerce as explored by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens’ book, “Mark Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career” “Art suffers the moment other people start paying for it,” Hugh MacLeod proclaimed in Ignore Everybody, echoing a prevalent cultural sentiment. And yet there’s something terribly disheartening Read MoreRead More

Writing and the Creative Life: Routine or Ritual?

Scott Myers explores the varied approach to creation in his interviews with professional working screenwriters. I am fascinated by creativity, in particular how creativity manifests itself in the wide variety of people I meet or learn about. That has been one of the more intriguing aspects of the many interviews with writers I’ve been fortunate Read MoreRead More

Screenwriter/Producer Carlton Cuse’s List of 6 TED Talks for Creativity

Carlton Cuse (screenwriter and producer of Bates Motel and Lost) selected 6 of his favorite TED Talks that inspire his creativity. “Eat, Pray, Love” Author Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. Read MoreRead More

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