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Everything is a story we tell ourselves about who and what we are, and who and what everyone else is, and what we must do, and what we ought to do, and why we ought to do it. Each of us has a story, or many stories, and each of us in one way or another is the leading character in the life and death narrative we play out in living and language. If there are problems, it isn’t usually because we have erected ourselves as the main character in our story, so much as because we are unwilling to embrace the possibility that at its source our story is all an inspired collaboration...
To work as a medium, channeling characters and stories, is to immerse yourself in a "show" that appears as if it is being performed by some thing other than yourself. To assent to this metaphor of showing is to acknowledge that there's no better way of entering a story other than surrendering to it and allowing it to enter you, a condition and quality of creative openness. When this happens, the usual demarcations that separate the dreamer from the dream are erased. In jettisoning the ego-centric "self that creates" - the grand puppeteer - we surrender our need to manipulate and judge and allow ourselves to be "told" the story by the characters that are becoming present in us.
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~ 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? Simple questions you say, and yet the creation of fresh, surprising and compelling screen narratives is uncommon. Why is this? And what can be done about it?
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