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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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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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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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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.

“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 way.”                     … Continue reading

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Cracking A Beautiful Mind’s Schizophrenic Inciting Incident.

“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion.  The great task in life is to find reality.”   –Iris Murdoch One of the challenging aspects of analyzing a film is choosing which lens to view its story through. … Continue reading

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Dissecting Robert McKee’s Analysis of Ordinary People’s Inciting Incident: Did The Story Guru Get It Right?

As a long-time fan of Robert McKee’s book Story and having attended one of his weekend seminars, I’ve admired his analysis of the film Ordinary People feeling as though he’s one of the few to identify and articulate the roles of the … Continue reading

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