Hi there, just a quick Monday writing prompt.
What’s going on here? Who are these people? What are they up to?
(If you’re stuck, first think of the most likely scenario, then think up the least likely scenario.)
If I asked you to make a sound that matched the word “eerie”, chances are good that you’d start mimicking theremin music.
So my progress on the Eldritch sequel has been halted for the moment as I put together an outline proposal on another project. More on that to come, but it’s a novel and after much gnashing of teeth I finally came up with my Act III! Nothing like breaking through a mental barrier and solving plot problems all at once!
The secret to my breakthrough was both taking a break and indulging in a research-related movie. The story is to have a historical setting and watching newsreel footage from the time suddenly filled in the gaps for me. There is nothing more useful than being able to picture the setting, the people, the events…
A fresh blanket of snow outside, peace and quiet, and a roaring fire did their bit to contribute as well.
(Moments of satisfaction for writers are solitary and rather fleeting, therefore they must be enjoyed. I shall celebrate with egg nog and then take the garbage out.)
A meticulous craftsman, Hitchcock made movies that are textbooks on the art of effective visual storytelling.
Stepping into a street that is unexpectedly empty always makes me uneasy. Continue reading
Here’s another favourite of mine, a lovely animated short based on a story by the great Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock. This shows you how devastatingly simple cut-out animation can be. Watch the writing hands… no need to animate a whole arm! And I love that shadows show around the moveable paper bits. Beautifully written and performed too, of course. Starting with stellar source material is never a bad idea.
Among my NFB animation favourites are two crazy funny shorts by Winnipeg filmmaker Richard Condie.
Getting Started (1979) is the sad tale of someone trying to sit down to piano practice. All musicians (and procrastinators) will find this painfully familiar.
The Big Snit launched a good half-dozen catchphrases that I still find myself saying over twenty years later…*
*and when I write out my grocery list I always include “carrost”