BILLY-“You know, unbelievers liked to make fun, but I ask you, believers and unbelievers alike, what more literal proof of a bona-fide hell does anyone need? As we live and breathe, the flaming bowels of the under world, swell with fires in which you, me and Mother Nature are slowly roasting.” (click to read entire article)
Lies do not stand for truth. They do not change the facts. Lies are like gas, invisible, but among the most obvious things in the world. The air we breathe contains a variety of gases but a body requires oxygen. Truth is everywhere mingled with lies, but our survival depends on truth. We can tell pretty quickly when we’re breathing something else. (click here to read entire article)
Just as no photographic image can encompass the total picture, no official, or their story can claim to have done all the necessary listening and thinking for us. We must fill in the missing gaps with our own story and the stories of those around us, particularly those with whom we differ most. Good listening requires at least a momentary suspension of prejudice.
It was too long. So is hell. I looked around at the audience. No one was breathing. The movie theater felt like a Petri dish. (click to read full article).
These days “outside the box” is a commonplace term for innovative thinking and drugs are by no means the only way to achieve it. Moviemakers keep on paving the way in popular culture. Whether or not you ever ingested hallucinogens, we have all experienced them through their influence in music, movies, fashion, advertising, games and so on. (click here to read full article)
If every story combines three essential elements, plot, character and point of view, we must realize that the creators of these social websites that we are supplying with our character and plot are supplying the point of view.
No matter which side of the spectrum we are drawn to, most of us have a desire to express ourselves freely, sexually or otherwise, and we are drawn to examples of free expression in the movies. It is this same natural curiosity that draws us to pornography. (click here to read article)
Observing the actions of dating and lovemaking in movies becomes a sort of participation in the rites themselves, in which audience members are touched by characters and receive sensual gratification from them. (click here to read entire article)
You can’t control the Internet any more than you can control nature. Knowledge is born and lives in minds, not on hard drives or digital screens. (Click to read entire article.)
Toward a Unified Story
Over eons the first stories morphed and multiplied into a myriad of stories. Now, through motion pictures and the Internet, the myths, legends, and histories of all traditions will merge back together again. Through the universal language of image and song, motion pictures are presenting the world with its unified story. Click to view entire article.
Gothic artisans that provided ornate alters for the great cathedrals, had offspring who adapted the same skills, in later periods, to provide scenic backdrops for opulent operas and romance plays. The legacy continues to the artists, craftsmen and tradesmen working on location and in soundstages for our limit-pushing entertainments of today. “Click” to read entire article.
A camera is a filmmaker’s story embellisher. A photographer’s lens allows the artist to emphasize certain specific, meaningful, aspects of a moment in time. “Click” to read entire article.
Here in New Mexico ancient civilizations left behind superb examples of cyclical rituals in which storytelling was central.
This brief history of storytelling can be used as a road map into the human brain regarding which stimuli the mind is most apt to be open to and what priority the mind gives to a given stimulus. “Click” to read entire article.
The camera may still derive some authority from our age-old habit of perceiving God as an all-seeing eye.
Motion pictures, dreams and rituals share several artifices in that respect, such as plasticity of time and space, the occurrence of vivid, uncanny detail, and situations where unconscious fears and desires are expressed. “Click” to read entire article.
I think of someone who may be illiterate, they may be deaf, mute, or all of the above. For that matter, they could have only one eye and still watch my movie. When I make films, that person is my audience. I ask myself, what do I want that eye to see? “Click” to read entire article.
I am coming out on my digital front porch to say hello, take in the view, and tell my story. “Click” to read entire article.