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"Fictional narratives supply us with a mental catalog of the fatal conundrums we might face someday as well as the outcomes of strategies that a reasonable person or character might be deployed in meeting them. Not only do we crave story, but we have very specific hardwired expectations for every story we read, even though — and here’s the kicker — chances are next to nil that the average reader could tell you what those expectations are." - Lisa Cron
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David Kelly reminds us that creativity is not the exclusive domain of an elite, chosen few, but a way of being INSIDE an experience. Telling stories from his legendary design career, Kelly offers ways of building the necessary confidence to create and go on creating yourself & your work.
"If you have a leap of faith that is underpowered where you're questioning it as you leap, you don't get to the other side. You can't leap without complete and absolute willingness to die for your want."
~ Bruce Joel Rubin
The most relevant and enduring questions in the evolution and evaluation of screen-stories-that-matter are WHERE'S THE DRAMA? and WHY DO I CARE? Yet the creation of fresh, surprising and compelling screen narratives - with some notable exceptions - is uncommon. Why is this? And what can be done about it?
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"A story is an eco-system populated by characters, actions and natural forces. All you can do - as a storyteller - is become mindful of their workings, and to respect and allow the energies that are at work in the system (story) to express themselves without unnatural interference or manipulation. The manipulation of any eco-system for what reason - no matter how noble or well-intentioned - ultimately weakens or subverts other parts of the system, thus undermining the story."
- Billy Marshall Stoneking
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