Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Architect and freelance illustrator Maja Wrońska continues to amaze with her beautifully executed watercolor paintings of iconic cityscapes from around the world.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
How would Shylock’s case from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice have played out under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? The Stratford Festival imported some of Canada’s finest litigators to argue the case on stage to find out.
A really nice example of applied theatre on show at Canada’s Stratford Festival. A great listen.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1910)
What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
O Captain! My Captain! A note from Ron Howard to his high school teacher.
You know directors, some of them — some of us are sweethearts, some of us are jerks, some of us are talkative, some are very quiet. None of that really matters very much — although, you know, I always think it’s nice to be decent to people, but that’s me. It’s not imperative. The big thing is taste — taste and judgement. That’s what it’s all about. It’s understanding, you know, what exists in the possibilities in the story you’re interested in telling, and how many of those details can you capture, how can you sequence them in the editing? What does that add up to?
The great Ron Howard shares his directing tips, describing how acting is “a really great training ground” and “that taste and judgement [is] what it’s all about.” “If you create enough emotional context, that creates the tension” notes Howard as he explores a prolific filmmaking career and the development of his craft which has led to films including Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and Rush.
Discover more about directing on BAFTA Guru.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and editor — on editing himself — as heard on Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review
"I’ve been making short films and little videos and stuff and editing them myself for a little over ten years now. It was for my 21st birthday I got myself my first copy of Final Cut, the video editing software. And since then I’ve made, without exaggeration, hundreds of little pieces, little clips and songs and shoot stuff.
A feature is different but the thing you’re asking about, the ability to view yourself on screen and not be freaked out by the sight of your own face or the sound of your own voice, that is something that I think, by virtue of practicing for many years and many, many little projects of pointing a camera at myself, putting the footage on the computer, seeing what I get, that process allowed me, I think, to be objective and be productive when it came to editing myself.”
Remembrance Day 2013. For the long forgotten and for those near and dear to our hearts.
Needlework by my mother whose father and uncles all survived the carnage of World War I.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Monday’s Mailbox — No. 44 in a series — Rural mailbox decorated for autumn with ready-to-be-harvested corn field as a backdrop.
Eleanor Catton, 2013 Man Booker Prize-winning novelist — on the difference between ‘nice’ and ‘kind’ — as heard on CBC The Sunday Edition
"I recently saw the wonderful children’s writer Patrick Ness at the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival and he made a comment that stuck with me where he said, there’s a huge difference between niceness and kindness. And it’s possible to be nice without being kind but it’s also possible to be kind without being nice. And one of the things about children is that they know this instinctively. And children will value kindness above niceness. They just see through niceness in a second. I really like that idea. There are a lot of characters in children’s fiction, actually, usually elderly grumpy types who are kind but not at all nice. They’re such fixtures in children’s fiction because the kids will know.”