Movies have depended on music for longer than they have had words. Though silent films used musical scores to guide an audience's emotional experience of a film, it was Alan Crosland's The Jazz Singer (1927) that turned Hollywood away from silent movies. Utilizing both synchronized musical scores and lip-synchronized singing and speech Crosland introduced the film industry to a new way of guiding the audiences emotional experience. Few … [Read more...] about Filmmaking & the Creative Process with Vohn Regensburger of Gymnopedie Films
Creatives at Work
Articles in this category have been curated to present insights into the practices employed by individual creatives. We hope that these articles inspire and feed your own creative spirit.
Aimee Herman Talks About the Writer’s Craft. Aimee Herman compares their writing process to dinner at a buffet restaurant. Sit down, try lots of things, gorge and gorge, and then think: “that was delicious—I'm so full, I’m never doing that again.” But Herman always goes back to try something new—in poetry, fiction, performance, and songwriting. By going back and trying again for 10 years, Herman wrote the acclaimed young-adult novel, … [Read more...] about “Set Your Stop Sign on Fire”
Though book-length comics and comic anthologies go back over a century, most pundits of the genre agree that the modern era of the graphic novel begins in 1986 with DC Comics' release of Watchmen and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Weiner). For those who study graphic novels as literature, the breakthrough publication of that year was Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus I. "This account of the Holocaust, with Jews portrayed as mice and Nazis as … [Read more...] about Seán Michael Wilson & “The Minamata Story”
What is a "Zine" and Why do People Make Them? People commonly ask me these questions when I mention zines. Though I’ve personally made eighteen zines over the past twenty years, I feel barely qualified to provide an answer. The short and very incomplete answer is that a zine is like a cross between a personal letter and an amateur magazine. The longer answer is that zines have been around since about 1930 as science fiction “fanzines” … [Read more...] about An Insider’s Perspective on an Outsiders’ Medium
Simon Van Booy writes fiction and philosophy, beautifully. Commentators call his prose elegiac, spare, and luminous. Many delight in his gift for surprises. Van Booy’s short-story collection, Love Begins in Winter, won the Frank O’Connor Award in 2009. He has 16 books in print, including a new novel, Night Came With Many Stars, released this June. Twice during April 2021, Van Booy and I met in our homes via Zoom —he in Brooklyn, I in St. … [Read more...] about Simon Van Booy: The Writer’s Art and Practice