Category Archives: Theme

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

  This article can be found in its entirety HERE.     “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 … Continue reading

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

  This article can be found in its entirety HERE.   “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: … Continue reading

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The Babadook: when allegory meets expressionism in a therapeutic horror classic.

  You can find this article in its entirety HERE.     “I’ll wager with you.  I’ll make a bet.  The more you deny, the stronger I get.  You start to change when I get in, The Babadook growing right … Continue reading

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Zen and the art of exorcising bad story analysis.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”   – Ernest Hemingway In a prior article, Cracking A Beautiful Mind’s schizophrenic inciting incident, the distinction between goal and methodology to … Continue reading

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

  You can find this article in its entirety HERE.     “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.” – … Continue reading

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Demystifying the “two-hander” approach: why it’s important to know in writing your story.

“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.”                                                   … Continue reading

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Tunneling to the heart of The Shawshank Redemption: a look inside theme and perspective and how they combine, continuing to give audiences hope twenty-years after the film’s release.

  You can find this article in its entirety HERE.    “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms–to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own … Continue reading

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