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The idea that you could tell a story in 30 seconds is astounding. I don’t know why they don’t get more props, people in advertising. Done well, a good television commercial is a story, right? But 30 seconds is insane. Making someone laugh is really easy. Making people cry is really hard. And as a society, we venerate people who can make us laugh, but we’re sort of indifferent to those who can make us cry – which is crazy…

Malcolm Gladwell in conversation with Paul Holdengraber at The New York Public Library. Pair with Gladwell on brands.

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I had to adjust to this place of the endless summer without humidity, where people think the way to sweeten iced tea is with Equal. I was curious what L.A. must have been like for the twentieth century’s quintessential Southerner, a man whose great-grandfather fought for the Confederacy.

William Faulkner in Hollywood

12 Favorite ‘Sam Mendes’s 25 Rules for Directors’ Rules

1. Always choose good collaborators. It seems so obvious, but the best collaborators are the ones who disagree with you. It means they’re passionate, they have opinions, and they’ll only ever say yes if they mean it.

4. Learn to say, “I don’t know the answer.” It could be the beginning of a very good day’s rehearsal. 

5. Go to the ancient amphitheater at Epidaurus, in Greece. It makes you realize what you are a part of, and it will change the way you look at the world. If you’re an artist, you will feel central, and you will never feel peripheral again.

6. Avoid, please, all metaphors of plays or films as “pinnacles” or “peaks”; treat with absolute scorn the word “definitive”; and if anyone uses the word “masterpiece,” they don’t know what they’re doing. The pursuit of perfection is a mug’s game.

7. If you are doing a play or a film, you have to have a secret way in if you are directing it. Sometimes it’s big things. American Beauty, for me, was about my adolescence. Road to Perdition was about my childhood. Skyfall was about middle-age and mortality. Sometimes it’s small things. Maybe it’s just a simple idea. What if we do the whole thing in the nightclub, for example. But it’s not enough just to admire a script, you have to have a way in that is yours, and yours alone. 

8. Confidence is essential, but ego is not.

13. There is no right and wrong, there is only interesting, and less interesting.

16. Peter Brook said, “The journey is the destination.” Do not think of product, or, god forbid, audience response. Think only of discovery and process. One of my favorite quotes from Hamlet—Polonius: “By indirections, find the directions out.” 

17. Learn when to shut up. I’m still working on this one.

19. Please remember the Oscars are a TV show.

20. Get on with it. Robert Frost said, “Tell everything a little faster.” He wasn’t wrong.

25. Never, ever, ever forget how lucky you are to do something that you love.

via vanityfair, March 11, 2014

Young Storytellers Big Show
We had our YSF Big Show at La Ballona Elementary yesterday, and it was glorious. Another great end to another great semester.
Many, many thanks to our ten 5th-grade writers, my dedicated team of mentors, the very talented actors who brought the scripts to life yesterday.
There are some photos posted on the YSF Facebook page HERE - see if you can spot the Flying Baby Velociraptor, The Creepy Guy Who Lives In A Forest, Time Traveling Jacks Who Visit The Age of the Dinosaurs, and Mr. Potatohead (from the South) and Mrs. Potatohead (from Brooklyn).

Young Storytellers Big Show

We had our YSF Big Show at La Ballona Elementary yesterday, and it was glorious. Another great end to another great semester.

Many, many thanks to our ten 5th-grade writers, my dedicated team of mentors, the very talented actors who brought the scripts to life yesterday.

There are some photos posted on the YSF Facebook page HERE - see if you can spot the Flying Baby Velociraptor, The Creepy Guy Who Lives In A Forest, Time Traveling Jacks Who Visit The Age of the Dinosaurs, and Mr. Potatohead (from the South) and Mrs. Potatohead (from Brooklyn).