Thinking About Storytelling.
I've just started reading Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull, and am actually looking forward to my impending flight to Australia so I can truly rip into it. But despite being at the beginning, I can see one trend emerging already: the need for decency and humanity when managing creative teams, and when cultivating genuinely interesting storytelling. Seems super obvious, but in my industry, it seems to be forgotten almost constantly.
Thinking about this, I stumbled across this wonderful film (beautifully edited film by Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr.) featuring Brad Bird, one of the genius film makers at Pixar. There is a lot of great insight into the need for simplicity and pacing in storytelling: the need to let the moment sit instead of rushing onto the next scene, the power of darkness in a world flooded by light, and the difference between genre and artform.