Local Library

April 22, 2013

I know I’ve said it a million times but local libraries are such fantastic resources. I’m currently reading Hunting Evil by Guy Walters (at the chapter where he’s  just about to launch in Simon Wiesenthal), I was struck by The Taste of War by Liz Collingham. Subtitled WW2 and the battle for food it examines the food in conflict. On a visit to take back a book I read about Billy Hill a 50’s gangster I picked up Peter Doggett’s There’s a Riot Going On. Revolutionaries, rock stars and the rise and fall of the 60’s counter-culture and Dorian Lynskey’s 33 Revolutions per Minute, a in depth examination of 33 protest songs. James Brown, Billy Bragg, Bobby D, The Clash, Billie Holliday, Public Enemy all have the context behind specific songs looked at. Finally I ordered Humbug: the PT Barnum biog for 40p from another site.

six book covers


All from the library. Wicked. 40p. 6Books. Weeks of enjoyment for 40p.

Techniques of The Photoplay

April 18, 2013

in preparation for my Avanca Cinema presentation (hopefully) in July I’m reading Techniques of The Photoplay written by Frederick Palmer. This book was published in 1924.
In the Dramatic Construction chapter the following elements are listed:

Drama-Characterisation-Motive-Action-Conflict-Suspense-Contrast-Incident-Situation-Crisis-Sequence-Climax-Ending-Significance-Theme-Unity-Illusion of Reality-Probability- Coincidence and Preparation-Human Interest-Love Interest-Comedy in Drama-Heroic Values-Picture Values-Novelty

I’ve read a few scriptwriting books in my time, though tend not to make notes and therefore don’t really remember the points which of course is deliberate and I like and I was struck by how little has changed in 90 odd years. It made me think that McKee, Truby, Seger et al are all somewhat redundant.
I’m awaiting Epes Winthrop Sargent book on the same subject written in 1912.
Reading these books written in the silent movie era is really cool. The Palmer book makes a reference to its student readers remembering The Great Train Robbery of 1897!

I think this book is available free via the Gutenberg Project so check it out online if intrigued.

Triumph Of The City

April 1, 2013

reading Triumph Of The City by edward glaeser at the moment.

Triumph Of The City Book Cover

Only just got into it but it is very well written, a nice easy read that deals with some provocative and interesting ideas about city living, worldwide. I got it from my local library so check out yours and take a gander.

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