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Virginia Woolf on the Relationship Between Loneliness and Creativity, by Maria Popova

June 19, 2016

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“If I could catch the feeling, I would; the feeling of the singing of the real world, as one is driven by loneliness and silence from the habitable world.” - Virginia Woolf

“If I could catch the feeling, I would; the feeling of the singing of the real world, as one is driven by loneliness and silence from the habitable world.” – Virginia Woolf

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The Blind Side Leading the Blind: Better Faith-Based Filmmaking by Living Better Stories

July 1, 2015

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“Wow, I’ve finally met someone who practices but doesn’t preach.” —Sandra Bullock, speaking of Leigh Anne Tuohy, whom Bullock portrayed in her Oscar-winning performance

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Master Shots: First and Final Frames of 55 Films Side-by-Side, by Jacob T. Swinney

June 26, 2015

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The Meta-Story and Worldview of many films is discernible from little more than their first and final shots. Don’t believe it? Watch this video!

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Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last, by Maria Popova

June 24, 2015

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Do stories grow? Pretty obviously — anybody who has ever heard a joke being passed on from one person to another knows that they can grow, they can change. Can stories reproduce? Well, yes.

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Would Major TV Networks Be Interested In My Faith Based Show Idea? by Phil Cooke

May 6, 2015

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With the success of “The Bible” TV series, and “Finding Jesus” on CNN, I’ve been getting plenty of inquires from people who want to get other Christian ideas picked up by a secular network. In many cases, they’re starting from the wrong perspective.

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Inigo Montoya named ‘Chief Inspirator’ by Two Handed Warriors

May 1, 2015

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“Our hope is that this award not only inspires a new generation of culture-makers and faith builders to seek to master two-handed warfare, but also brings Iñigo the peace he’s sought since leaving the revenge business.” -Gary David Stratton

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How Hollywood Keeps Out Women, by Jessica P. Ogilvie

April 30, 2015

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Hollywood figures are openly saying that an ugly bias grips the liberal, charitable, Democrat-dominated movie industry.

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The Holy Spirit is coming! Tonight! …on NBC (9/8c)

April 19, 2015

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With production values and writing that far surpass the first two installments, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s passion project tackles perhaps its most captivating episode tonight. TV has never seen anything like it.

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Dean Batali, ‘That 70s Show’ Writer and Producer, Shares His Greatest Cultural Influencers

April 8, 2015

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One of today’s most articulate voices for faithful engagement in culture, Dean Batali, is best known for his work on That ‘70s Show, where he served as a writer for seven years and as an executive producer for the show’s final season.

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Inside Out Screenwriting: What’s My Final Image? by Jeremy Casper

February 27, 2015

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A story is a narrative about a single character who must overcome some sort of conflict in order to solve a very specific problem.

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Act One Hollywood Screenwriting Program: Coming Soon to a Computer Near You, by Chris Dalton

January 27, 2015

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For over 15 years Act One has provided access to some of Hollywood’s best teachers and mentors in the world of screenwriting. Now you can experience this amazing program in our inaugural online cohort.

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3 Reasons Why a Christian Film Industry is a Really, Really Bad Idea, by Nate Flemming

December 10, 2014

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A small voice crying in the wilderness, making the argument that creating a Christian film industry is absolutely the last thing that we Christians should be trying to do.

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Time to Take Hollywood to the Woodshed, by Brian Bird

November 30, 2014

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When even The Hollywood Reporter wonders if this fall’s TV shows have crossed the line, it has legendary Hollywood producer Brian Bird wondering if it isn’t time to take his own industry to the woodshed.

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A Few Surprises (and some Big Questions) in LinkedIn’s Top 25 Schools for Media Professionals

October 10, 2014

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With the education and job history data for over 300 million members at their fingertips, LinkedIn is in a unique position to connect undergraduate programs with a successful career as a Media professional. But USC at #19 and UCLA lower still? Now, that is something to get Hollywood talking.

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Who’s Creating the Movies and TV Programs that will Inspire the Next Generation?, by Phil Cooke, PhD

October 3, 2014

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With a current television schedule filled with vampires, corrupt cops, hypocritical politicians, fathers who act like buffoons, soft-core porn, growing levels of violence, and more – who’s producing programs that will do for this generation of kids the same thing that The Lone Ranger and Adam 12 did for the last?

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