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Storytelling

Stepping Back: The Key to Star Wars

May 25, 2013 |

“One of the things that I’m doing in these films, to give it a little bit of a reality, is to give the shots a kind of documentary feel, where things float off the shot. I …

Scholars on "The Great Gatsby"

May 19, 2013 |

Over at The Millions, five English scholars weigh in on Baz Luhrmann’s new film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, including HBU’s own Doni Wilson:

Doni M. Wilson, Houston Baptist University

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance

May 14, 2013 |

Nate Marshall writes on Koyaanisqatsi (1982) over at The Examined Life:

It isn’t a narrative drama, it isn’t a fiction, and it’s only reluctantly categorized as a documentary (because it’s not at all a documentary, …

The Warmth of “Parks & Rec”

May 2, 2013 |

Matt Zoller Seitz at Vulture on Parks & Recreation:

More than any network sitcom since The Andy Griffith Show, Parks and Rec catches the spirit of Preston Sturges’s small-town comedies (Hail the Conquering Hero, The Miracle …

Oblivion: Obliviously Obvious

April 19, 2013 |

Near the beginning of Oblivion, Tom Cruise stands in the middle of a destroyed stadium and eagerly recounts the climactic moments of a big football game to his colleague. Despite his enthusiasm, she doesn’t seem …

Exploring Intuition

April 16, 2013 |

from Marilynne Robinson’s When I Was a Child I Read Books

For me, at least, writing consists very largely of exploring intuition. A character is really the sense of a character, embodied, attired, and given voice …

Spitballing Indy

April 1, 2013 |

The New Yorker highlights early story meeting transcripts for Raiders of the Lost Ark:

Over the intervening decades of enormous wealth and success, both Lucas and Spielberg have carefully tended their public images, so there is …

The Underrated “You’ve Got Mail”

March 25, 2013 |

Tina Hassannia on You’ve Got Mail (1998):

Considering how much technology has permeated our culture in the last decade and how much it continues to evolve through transient shibboleths, a film like You’ve Got Mail seems …

Whit Stillman Interview

March 20, 2013 |

The Seventh Art recently produced this in-depth video interview with filmmaker Whit Stillman (Damsels in Distress, Metropolitan, Last Days of Disco, Barcelona).

Whit Stillman is an American filmmaker whose four films are comedic investigations …

“Anna Karenina” Interview

March 14, 2013 |

At the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012, DP/30 filmed this video interview with Anna Karenina director Joe Wright and cast members Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), Jude Law (Karenin), and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Vronsky).…