Category Archives: Empathy

The Power of The One: Schindler’s List and The Little Girl in Red

“If I look at the mass, I will never act.  If I look at the one, I will.”  – Mother Teresa Sitting horseback atop a hill overlooking the Cracow ghetto, Oscar Schindler watches the Nazis mass-murder Jews when, amongst the massive … Continue reading

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A Look Inside the storytelling of Pixar’s Inside Out.

“Feelings or emotions are the universal language and are to be honored.  They are the authentic expression of who you are at your deepest place.”  – Judith Wright WARNING: Spoilers ahead!  Leave it to the storytelling gurus behind Pixar Animation Studio … Continue reading

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Machiavellianism and The Usual Suspects.

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.” -Roger “Verbal” Kint, The Usual Suspects, Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie Much effort has been made to define empathy and how its ability to emotionally connect … Continue reading

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How Pixar surprisingly missed the mark with empathy in Toy Story 3.

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison  I remember stepping out into … Continue reading

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Scene analysis: The Woodsman – empathy done right.

“For there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.”  –Milan Kundera, The Unbearable … Continue reading

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Show, don’t tell and its relationship to empathy in screenwriting.

“MYTH: ‘Show, don’t tell’ is literal-Don’t tell me John is sad, show him crying.” REALITY: ‘Show, don’t tell’ is figurative-Don’t tell me John is sad, show me why he’s sad.”  -Lisa Cron, Wired For Story. One of the most difficult … Continue reading

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Empathy: your story’s best friend and matchmaker for your audience.

“COGNITIVE SECRET: Emotion determines the meaning of everything— if we’re not feeling, we’re not conscious. STORY SECRET: All story is emotion based— if we’re not feeling, we’re not reading.” –Cron, Lisa (2012-07-10). Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using … Continue reading

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