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General Writing, Illustration, and Publishing Thread

Alfred Hitchcock said:

The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema; the only thing they lacked was the sound of people talking and the noises. But this slight imperfection did not warrant the major changes that sound brought in… In many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema: they are mostly what I call ‘photographs of people talking.’ When we tell a story in cinema, we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise.

I’m a visual/visceral artist. I enjoy crafting worlds and conveying my ideas through imagery and sound cues; I don’t enjoy writing dialogue. Much of my writing process is spent ruminating on dialogue, and it keeps me in doldrums. Some screenwriters are Tarantinos, and God bless 'em, but others are Murnaus. I’m a Murnau. Time has come for me to internalize that.

Talkies are so 1927, anyway.

Happy Birthday, - now 17 years old (as of 10th March, 2020)

ray_afraid said:

DuracellEnergizer said:

I’m thinking about officially retiring from on 30 May. That’ll make my time here exactly ten years to the day I joined. Not the worst way to bow out.

Why you always obsessed with leaving?
Why leave? Stay.

My love for Star Wars is in a coma and Off-Topic’s on life support. Most of the current discussions disinterest me, and the few which do stimulate me quickly fizzle out. So I continue coming here out of habit, taking the piss to pass the time. It’s kinda depressing, actually.

<strong>Coronavirus</strong> (COVID-19) Pandemic thread - <strong>relevant political discussion allowed</strong> in here

V.I.N.Cent said:

Our President thinks we have the memory of goldfish given some of his recent claims and statements in comparison to those he made just a couple of months ago.

Conversely, he has the memory of goldfish and has forgotten his claims/statements made just a couple months ago.

General Writing, Illustration, and Publishing Thread

A list of my influences, arranged in alphabetical order:

  • Karl Barth
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Wes Craven
  • David Cronenberg
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • Peter Kropotkin
  • H. P. Lovecraft
  • David Lynch
  • Guy Maddin
  • Karl Marx
  • Rod Serling
  • Paul Tillich
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Simone Weil
  • Alfred North Whitehead

These are all filmmakers, writers, philosophers, and theologians whose individual perspectives/aesthetics have influenced, in big ways and small, directly and indirectly, my own. From Whitehead, Weil, and Tillich I’ve gained my understanding of God and creation, and it is this God which operates in the shared multiverse of my stories. From Barth I’ve gained my understanding of evil, and I find this understanding of evil best represented through the eldritch abominations/deities of Lovecraft and the body horror of Cronenberg. From Jesus, Kropotkin, Tolstoy, and a lesser degree Marx, an ideal humanity and civilization. From Lynch, themes of duality and absurdism. And I could be here all day, futilely trying and failing to cogently convey why these creators resonate with me.