Artisanal Labour

Filmmaking may be the last vestige of 19th-century artisanal labor: hours and hours to capture what on screen will last just a few minutes.

The rest of the day ticked by slowly, in a way that was a reminder that filmmaking may be the last vestige of 19th-century artisanal labor: hours and hours to capture what on screen would last just a few minutes.

Charles McGrath

“As If” – Kevin Kelly

Metaphor slowly passes whatever invisible barrier lies between the real and fake, and it becomes “is” — it becomes “real.”

Our modern digital world is a metaphoric world. We make things real by first constructing them as a metaphor, an “as if” type. Then we slowly deepen the metaphor, adding more layers of meaning and realism, until metaphor slowly passes whatever invisible barrier lies between the real and fake, and it becomes “is” — it becomes “real.”

— Kevin Kelly, The Technium

Real Advice Hurts from Merlin Mann

You get good at something by doing it repeatedly.

We can’t get good at something solely by reading about it. And we’ll never make giant leaps in any endeavor by treating it like a snack food that we munch on whenever we’re getting bored. You get good at something by doing it repeatedly. And by listening to specific criticism from people who are already good at what you do.

–Merlin Mann, 43folders

Heart to the Storyteller

We guard our hearts with zeal, knowing their power to move us.

Our minds are relatively open, but we guard our hearts with zeal, knowing their power to move us. So although the mind may be part of [the] target, the heart is the bull’s-eye. To reach it, the [storyteller] must first display his own open heart.

— Peter Guber, The Four Truths of the Storyteller

But feelings are pesky critters, cropping up inconveniently, and then disappearing just when you want them. And the thing both terrible and wonderful about feelings is that they change… In fact the more you let yourself feel whatever you are actually feeling, the more available you are to a new feeling.

The director is in a position to do violence to [these] delicate emotional mechanisms.

— Judith Weston, Directing Actors

The Price of Information

The price of information has not only gone into free fall in the last few years, it is still in free fall now, it will continue to fall long before it hits bottom, and when it does whole categories of currently lucrative businesses will be either transfigured unrecognizably or completely wiped out, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Clay Shirky (1995)

…substitute creative content for information in the above quote, and you see what’s happening now in film, photography, music, etc.