Good news from the film industry: original ideas do still exist!
Check out this list from io9 of 50 upcoming movies that are neither standard Hollywood fare (romcoms, buddy road trips, cars that turn into monsters that turn into spaceships that turn into shark tornados that shut down lower-Manhattan on a sweltering July day—for instance), nor sequels, remakes or reboots.
I’m of the belief, like many others, that there are only a few stories in existence, with an infinite number of combinations of details, skins, layers and masks. Comedy and drama, if you think Shakespearean. Love, loss, redemption, if you think Darwinian, or maybe spiritually; I’m not really sure of this theory yet, still working on it.
But more to the point, the wheel’s been invented. It’s how we adapt our narratives to these bones that give us fantastical, far-reaching, daring, inventive new concepts. This list gives me hope for the screen.
NEW IDEAS! NEW TALENT! NEW STORIES!
-Ben
Photo credit: The Signal

Good news from the film industry: original ideas do still exist!

Check out this list from io9 of 50 upcoming movies that are neither standard Hollywood fare (romcoms, buddy road trips, cars that turn into monsters that turn into spaceships that turn into shark tornados that shut down lower-Manhattan on a sweltering July day—for instance), nor sequels, remakes or reboots.

I’m of the belief, like many others, that there are only a few stories in existence, with an infinite number of combinations of details, skins, layers and masks. Comedy and drama, if you think Shakespearean. Love, loss, redemption, if you think Darwinian, or maybe spiritually; I’m not really sure of this theory yet, still working on it.

But more to the point, the wheel’s been invented. It’s how we adapt our narratives to these bones that give us fantastical, far-reaching, daring, inventive new concepts. This list gives me hope for the screen.

NEW IDEAS! NEW TALENT! NEW STORIES!

-Ben

Photo credit: The Signal

Add The Listening Project: Midwood to your list of favorite storytelling projects (Storycorp and Moth being the most well-known). We all have stories to tell—and our big, proverbial Story—so let’s listen up and hear someone out.

Here, Ethel Weinberg (what a name) tells us about her late husband (what a gentleman), her marriage (what a blessing), and herself (what eyebrows!).

Weinberg touches on a few recent themes of the magazine (Old/New, Comfort, Quality/Quantity) so naturally, it’s been good to hear her words and think about our upcoming topics.

Whether for entertainment or inspiration, four minutes with Weinberg and you’re in for a treat.

-Ben