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The wind was at our backs, the sky was clear, and the oceanic blue stretched infinitely beyond our sights.  Mary and I had the pleasure of the world at our fingertips, and we were apt to enjoy all that could be enjoyed. 
Our vessel pressed on, the sails taut and bold, pushing us down further into the blue.  A white bird above us cawed and circled around.  Mary remarked to me that she wondered if perhaps it aimed to land aboard our ship, but lacked either the courage or the skill to do so.
"Why land when you can fly?" I replied.
At Mary’s request, I ventured down into the cabin to make us some drinks.  The stairs were slippery, but I managed to make my way down with no error. 
As I opened the door, a terrible sound cascaded through my brain. 
"Breach, breach!" I yelled to Mary.  The ship was sinking, and I knew I had to act fast.  Even a small hole could sink the greatest of ships, and our ship was not great. 
I grabbed a bucket and began to clear some of the water, hoping to find the breach.  Mary was still unaccounted for.  Either she had failed to hear me or she was busy above deck.  After a few buckets of water, I realized the futility of what I was doing and dived under to try to find the leak.  I swam further into the cabin, now completely submerged, my mind and eyes racing to find the hole.  I needed air.  I needed air.  The sound of the water gushing in had ceased.  The cabin was full. I gasped.
I could hear a faint sound from the deck above: “Can you put those little ice cubes in my drink, Stephen?  I like them a lot more than the big ones.”

officialunitedstates:

The wind was at our backs, the sky was clear, and the oceanic blue stretched infinitely beyond our sights.  Mary and I had the pleasure of the world at our fingertips, and we were apt to enjoy all that could be enjoyed. 

Our vessel pressed on, the sails taut and bold, pushing us down further into the blue.  A white bird above us cawed and circled around.  Mary remarked to me that she wondered if perhaps it aimed to land aboard our ship, but lacked either the courage or the skill to do so.

"Why land when you can fly?" I replied.

At Mary’s request, I ventured down into the cabin to make us some drinks.  The stairs were slippery, but I managed to make my way down with no error. 

As I opened the door, a terrible sound cascaded through my brain. 

"Breach, breach!" I yelled to Mary.  The ship was sinking, and I knew I had to act fast.  Even a small hole could sink the greatest of ships, and our ship was not great. 

I grabbed a bucket and began to clear some of the water, hoping to find the breach.  Mary was still unaccounted for.  Either she had failed to hear me or she was busy above deck.  After a few buckets of water, I realized the futility of what I was doing and dived under to try to find the leak.  I swam further into the cabin, now completely submerged, my mind and eyes racing to find the hole.  I needed air.  I needed air.  The sound of the water gushing in had ceased.  The cabin was full. I gasped.

I could hear a faint sound from the deck above: “Can you put those little ice cubes in my drink, Stephen?  I like them a lot more than the big ones.”


I am an optimist, ultimately. I’m always looking for the way in which the hopeful story is true and real, and just as real as a downbeat one. There’s a reality to experiencing grace and joy that is just as worthy of exploring as pain.

Greta Gerwig

I am an optimist, ultimately. I’m always looking for the way in which the hopeful story is true and real, and just as real as a downbeat one. There’s a reality to experiencing grace and joy that is just as worthy of exploring as pain.

Greta Gerwig

(Source: michellewilliamss)

Sep 6

5 Tips To Stay Curious From People Who Do It For A Living

Sep 2

Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’

- Lena Dunham (x)

(Source: mylittlebookofquotes)

DON'T BLEND IN

annerocious:

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I read a lot of scripts that are perfectly competent, but accomplish nothing new. They might as well be movies from ten years ago with new character names and a different maguffin.

If you are trying to get somewhere in a competition, the one thing you have on your side is…

How to Write a Rom-Com That's True to Life (and Love): Tips from the Screenwriter of 'What If'

Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.

- Gillian Flynn (via rabbitinthemoon)

Aug 3

At film schools, the gender balance is about 50/50. Women do really well in short-film competitions. It’s when business and commerce and art come together; somehow men trust men more. My feeling is we need an Abraham Lincoln figure to get in there, and say – especially when it comes to public money – it has to be equal. Film-making is not about whether you’re a man or a woman; it’s about sensitivity and hard work and really loving what you do. But women are going to tell different stories – there would be many more stories in the world if women were making more films.

- Jane Campion, the first woman to win a Palme d’Or at Cannes (via ceevee5)

Being a writer

justascreenwriter:

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The lies are in the dialogue, the truth is in the visuals.

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Kelly Reichardt

Another brilliant bit of advice.

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big-ending:

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME

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paulftompkins:

This was quite a journey! I spent the better part of a day going back and forth with a guy that I was not entirely sure was for real at first, then I absolutely got fooled, and then I realized I got fooled. It was fun. The guy said some LEGITIMATELY funny stuff when he was “in character.” And it all ended in a way that I felt good about.

It’s pretty much all laid out in the screencaps, But let me elaborate here:

HEY YOUNG MEN! I know it seems like women complain a lot about how they are represented in media, including fiction, and how it seems like they want entertainment tailored specifically to them, and how they seem to want ALL of pop culture to be politically correct or feminist-ized or whatever it is you think they want, but really, what’s happening is that women are tired of seeing garbage women characters in most of our entertainment. And they’re wondering, Would it really be so much trouble to make more realized female characters? You could still have all your CGI and action and science fiction and drama and swords and stuff, but the female characters could be a little more fleshed out and interesting. And the entertainment would still be good and would, in fact, be better.

Guys, instead of  thinking, “Hey, not everything has to be politicized,” try thinking, “I wonder what it would be like for me if the situation were reversed, and how I’d feel if in the vast majority of the entertainment I consumed, the male characters were few and far between and then mostly used as talking props & plot devices. I wonder if I’d get kinda tired of that and occasionally I’d say something, even a little joke, just to ease the annoyance a little.”

Fellows. Listen to the women in your lives. Ask them questions. It will change your perspective for the better. Years ago, I got into a brief argument with two female friends of mine about a movie— it does not even matter which movie— that they viewed as sexist and I did not. I couldn;t even fathom how they could see it that way. I tried to argue that it was not sexist. In recounting our discussion to another party, it was pointed out to me that they might have a different viewpoint based on their life experiences, and that it was not for me to tell them that their interpretation was incorrect. And that I was probably getting defensive about it because if the movie was sexist, it followed that my liking it would make me appear sexist. And that’s when I realized that none of this was about me, and maybe I should shut up and listen and try to understand. And also to be more aware of things like this and develop not just my sympathy, but my empathy.

I will only ever be able to empathize so much with women, because my experience as a white male in America is vastly different from that of anyone who is not that. But I can relate to:

  • not being taken seriously
  • not being listened to
  • being dismissed
  • being condescended to
  • having something explained to me that I already understand

And I having had those experiences, I am now more inclined to TRY to understand where someone is coming from if they are telling me they are having a similar experience with our culture.

So guys: just try. You don’t even really have to dig that deep. Think about your own experiences as a person, then apply that to someone else. It gets easier the more you do it, and it makes your life better.

Anyway, I hear Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is pretty good! 

Jul 9
constablecrabtree:

"Who wants to take a spin with Crabtree?"
Who doesn’t?!

constablecrabtree:

"Who wants to take a spin with Crabtree?"

Who doesn’t?!

It took me a good number of years before I put the words on paper because I was worried if it turned out I couldn’t write. Then it took me fully 30 years before I directed a film because I didn’t think I knew what I needed to know, which was also bullshit. I think this is something women do more than men, but definitely self-doubt and this desire to judge yourself before you even start and to think there’s only one way to do when in fact, the best stuff is done by people who don’t have any idea how you’re supposed to do it and are following their own instincts and taking risks.

- Naomi Fone (via bachelorette-pad)

(Source: indiewire.com)

mrs-mob-johnlocked:

SHERLOCK Series 3 - High-speed photography