Fascinating short film on slow-motion as a storytelling device in writing and film.
2. Complex heroes are rewarded for their suffering.
3. Complex heroes fail.
4. Complex heroes have fatal flaws.
5. Complex heroes are ordinary people.
Roger Colby synthesizes J. R. R. Tolkien’s 5 tips for creating complex heroes, based on the writer’s letters.
Pair with Tolkien’s little-known original drawings for the first edition of The Hobbit.
There are certain children who are told they are too sensitive, and there are certain adults who believe sensitivity is a problem that can be fixed in the way that crooked teeth can be fixed and made straight. And when these two come together you get a fairytale, a kind of story with hopelessness in it.
I believe there is something in these old stories that does what singing does to words. They have transformational capabilities, in the way melody can transform mood.
What antiheroes teach us about the heroic.
Just after Philip Pullman’s new retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, some grimly gorgeous drawings inspired by classic fairy tales by illustrator Haejeon Jessica Lee.
“As we move into the future, which is clearly going to be dominated by technology, it’s important that we bring culture along with us.”
The neuroscience of the classic dramatic arc coined by German playwright Gustav Freytag 150 years ago.
Also from the series, see this fantastic short film on the neurochemistry of empathy, storytelling, and the dramatic arc.
Jad Abumrad shares insights on storytelling from Radiolab’s origin story