Mad Men: The End of an Era

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January Jones as Betty Draper. Mad Men: season one, episode Shoot. Writers: Matthew Weiner, who created and wrote the episode along with writer Christopher Provenzano. Directed by Paul Feig. It’s the writing and characters that draw me into the scenes, and into the stories. What is so particularly striking about this episode is the opening […]

Author Interview: John Scalzi

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JOHN SCALZI is one of the most popular and acclaimed SF authors to emerge in the last decade. His massively successful debut Old Man’s War won him science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, and Redshirts; which won 2013’s Hugo Award […]

Canon and Ron Howard: Project Imagina8ion, Project Imaginat10n

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I think what Ron Howard says in this video is dead-on for creative people. “You’re sharing something you created and it’s aimed to generate a reaction. You don’t always know exactly what the reaction is going to be, nor should you always know, but it is important that you begin to understand what kinds of […]

Andrew Stanton Storytelling at TED.com

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The Greatest Story Commandment: “Make me care,” says Andrew Stanton about the art of storytelling, who has written animated films Finding Nemo, Toy Story, WALL-E, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc. and the non-animated film John Carter. “Storytelling is joke telling. It’s knowing your punch line; you’re ending. Knowing everything you’re saying from the first sentence […]