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To work as a medium, channeling characters and stories, is to immerse yourself in a "show" that is being performed by some thing other than yourself, and thus to acknowledge that there's no way of entering a story other than surrendering to it, and allowing it to enter you. When this happens, the usual demarcations that separate the dreamer from the dream are erased. In jettisoning the ego-centric "self that creates", we surrender our need to manipulate and judge, and allow ourselves to be told by the story that is continually becoming present, not-yet.
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At 71, Martin Scorsese is considered among the greatest of American filmmakers. Back in the 1960s, however, the future director of Taxi Driver, Gangs of New York, and Goodfellas, was just another film student at Washington Square College, now known as the Tisch School of the Arts. In May, Scorsese, whose latest project is the documentary, The 50-Year Argument, returned to his alma mater to give a funny, heartfelt and inspiring commencement address, providing a timely reminder to filmmakers everywhere why they tell stories, and why there passion is film.
"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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