What great actors and film directors can teach about storytelling

When an actor's performance or a director's vision gets my student-writer's attention, I always make sure that I read interviews or quotes where he explains his craft, especially the bit about why he thinks his show or film is effective or why he chose to tell that story. I don't know when exactly this started,… Continue reading What great actors and film directors can teach about storytelling

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The secret to the perfection of Shawshank Redemption

I've been seriously reading classic English and American literature for almost five years now and I've raved a lot about 19th century novels which I thought matter until today, if not to the regular book reader, at least, to a student of writing like myself. But a recent rewatching of the book-to-film adaptation of Stephen King's Shawshank Redemption (originally published as Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption) has opened my eyes to what kind of stories that touch my heart and soul regardless of whether it was published in 1817 or 2017. I've seen this movie about two or three times a few years ago before Netflix. The producers have not added a previously deleted scene or remastered it for the millenial audience. Nothing in it has changed. Only I have changed and I celebrate this new chapter in my wisdom-seeking life by sharing with you what kind of stories we should tell ourselves.