Films, especially strong, character-driven, dramatic films, ask big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn’t change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don’t even like? What do you do when a friend becomes obsessed with a political movement and won’t let you ignore it? How do you react when someone you’ve known for years unexpectedly changes genders? In this short and humorous clip, cartoonist Tim Kreider I shares his own feels about the art of "dense conversation", which is what a dramatic film presents, dense conversation (borrowing a phrase from poet, Terry Gilmore).
In an age when jobs and money and meaningless chit-chat threaten to engulf and overwhelm most of us, story remains as powerful as ever. With a perfect combination of humor and pathos, peppered with Kreider’s signature cartoons, we are reminded of the life we lose in living, and what we might do with it.
"As we evolve into a global community, the skills of the storyteller -- the art of embracing the other, listening and exercising perceptual agility, and the creative management and use of one's anxieties -- become ever more relevant and important. They are the skills that every one of us should be developing and employing in forging creative and constructive relationships with ourselves and each other. They are needed more than ever before. What works for Ms Palmer in the music business can work for screen storytellers as well. The revolution, which represents the 99% that are not production heads or funding-body heavies, is YOU, and YOU, and YOU. It's time." - Billy Marshall Stoneking
"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 drama is uncommon. Why is this? And what can be done about it?
Industry and non-industry film and program makers, film audiences, students, reviewers and critics are invited to join Billy Marshall Stoneking and Stoneking Seminars in this unique, online investigation into the nature and character of dramatic, screen storytelling. Discover and explore the world of the character-driven story, as channeled by a writer working as a medium. Share your opinions and ideas, your insights and 'imaginary solutions'. Spread the word!
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A screenplay worthy of the torture it will exact usually begins in mystery: some fragment of memory that doesn't fit, a shard of pain, a wound, a troubling experience that cannot be ignored or denied. It starts in a place you have been running from most of your life, only the escape is never complete. Something there calls to you, to come back, to return, to discover the inner sanctum that you fear more than life itself. It has always been there. The story - the screenplay - is the prayer, the sacrifice, the journey back - and the freedom to be healed and to move forward - the odyssey that you take to make it all comprehensible and, in the end, to guard its sacred power.
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