I made up my mind to leave Ireland sometime in my second month of living with a hole in the roof of my attic bedroom in a shared house. I’m not from Ireland, so leaving was not some immigrant story. The hole in the roof was not a mater of squalor or deprivation. I… Read more »
Sully is the true story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks) who crash-landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson river, in 2009, saving everyone onboard. It’s an incredible story, but how do you make a ninety minute feature out of a flight that lasted a mere 200 seconds? Sully solves this problem with a technique Hitchcock… Read more »
E.M Forester’s Aspects of the Novel (put it on your list, it’s like a pocket MFA) outlines the difference between story and plot: Story can only have one merit: that of making the audience want to know what happens next. ‘The king died and then the queen died’ is a story.’ ‘A plot is also a narrative… Read more »
If you watch one video online this week, make it this video essay on the Cohen Brothers’ use of the shot reverse shot from the Every Frame a Painting series. Prepare to never look at a scene the same way again. Shot reverse shot is when each character gets their own shot, back and forth… Read more »
Unless, of course, you actually tell stories.