Words of wisdom from Amy Poehler
Too many young women I think are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others. Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.
- Hilary Clinton, on taking criticism. (via ayabug)
The job of a first scene is to make you watch, and to keep you watching. […] If the first scene grabs you, it shouldn’t do so by lying or creating a false premise. Any old script could start with an explosion, but the explosion has to be integral.
- screenwriter Russell T Davies (Doctor Who)
If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas.
- Linus Pauling (via chadbourn)
She hated the namelessness of women in stories, as if they lived and died so that men could have metaphysical insights.
- Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding (via jennytaetae)
Neither parents nor schools are very effective at teaching the young to find pleasure in the right things. Adults, themselves often deluded by infatuation with fatuous models, conspire in the deception. They make serious tasks seem dull and hard, and frivolous ones exciting and easy. Schools generally fail to teach how exciting, how mesmerizingly beautiful science or mathematics can be; they teach the routine of literature or history rather than the adventure.
- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (via eclecticinc)
Ann Patchett at the New York Public Library, 12/10/13
"Stick with it. Just consume culture, know a little bit about what you’re part of, but hold on, hold really true to who you are and what you’ve got to offer, because that’s the first thing when you walk into a room that’s how you appear to the world. You can transform and shape-shift, you can do all that stuff and that part’s fun, but you have to know who you are, you have to have a solid base for anything you can then prove who you can become." — Benedict Cumberbatch, advice to a young actor at Sherlock: Meet The Filmmaker event.
Years and years ago, there was a production of The Tempest, out of doors, at an Oxford college on a lawn, which was the stage, and the lawn went back towards the lake in the grounds of the college, and the play began in natural light. But as it developed, and as it became time for Ariel to say his farewell to the world of The Tempest, the evening had started to close in and there was some artificial lighting coming on. And as Ariel uttered his last speech, he turned and he ran across the grass, and he got to the edge of the lake and he just kept running across the top of the water — the producer having thoughtfully provided a kind of walkway an inch beneath the water. And you could see and you could hear the plish, plash as he ran away from you across the top of the lake, until the gloom enveloped him and he disappeared from your view.
And as he did so, from the further shore, a firework rocket was ignited, and it went whoosh into the air, and high up there it burst into lots of sparks, and all the sparks went out, and he had gone.
When you look up the stage directions, it says, ‘Exit Ariel.’
- Tom Stoppard, University of Pennsylvania, 1996 (via flameintobeing)
Trailer: ‘Wish I Was Here' - July 25
Written by Zach Braff and Adam Braff, directed by Zach Braff, starring Braff, Mandy Patinkin, Kate Hudson, Donald Faison, Jim Parsons, Josh Gad, Joey King and Pierce Gagnon.
There seems to be a very clear straight line from ‘Garden State’ to this. The visuals and themes presented in this mostly visual trailer echo Braff’s first effort, but take a step forward to expand upon it. The Shins song (obviously) goes a long way in setting this up as well. All that said, your mileage may differ depending on how you feel about Braff.
I’m not quite sure why Zach Braff and Garden State have fallen out of favour — everyone seemed to love GS when it came out. It’s a fickle business. Anyway, I loved it at the time and am looking forward to seeing this.