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Banes at 12:00AM, May 17, 2018

I may have told this story in this spot before, but years ago I worked with this book called “The Artist's Way”, which included fun exercises meant to unlock the creativity most of us adults don't access regularly.

The main ongoing exercise done throughout the whole process of ...

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The Sizzle and the Steak

Banes at 12:00AM, May 10, 2018



For of all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!”



Whether it's a webcomic, graphic novel, book, TV Show or movie, there is generally a “promise” made to the audience on some level. Maybe it starts with a thumbnail image and a ...




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This Way to the Egress

Banes at 12:00AM, May 3, 2018



PT Barnum was a fascinating character, running “freak shows”, museums, and concert tours, and operating as an author and legislator/politician.

Apparently the phrase attached to him, “There's a sucker born every minute” is not necessarily something he
ever said.

As shocking as it is to modern sensibilities, Barnum ...






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The Character Journey of Iron Man revisited

Banes at 12:00AM, April 26, 2018




Iron Man and the multi film arc - revisited


There are spoilers below for the Iron Man and Avengers movies, Civil War, and Spiderman Homecoming


The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been breaking new ground in movies with their various interconnected films for about ten years.


The MCU began with Iron Man ...











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CHARACTER ARCS IN SERIES and SEQUELS

Banes at 12:00AM, April 19, 2018




Today we'll talk sequel and series character arcs

Last Week we talked about character arcs. They're an important element of fiction writing…although a lot of the time, there is no arc! But a strong, unpredictable character arc can be a great help in driving a story from ...




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Character Arcs Revisited

Banes at 12:00AM, April 12, 2018


A character starts in one state of being, and ends in a very different state of being.

The Character Arc in a nutshell!

Every time the subject of character arcs comes up around the site or on the Quackcast, one of the first examples that comes to my mind is ...




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Contrast

Banes at 12:00AM, April 5, 2018




The first time I noticed the power of contrasts was in my friend's music. He's a massively talented songwriter, and aside from interesting melodies and chord progressions and powerful insights and images in his lyrics, he uses contrast a lot. Laughter and tears, being high but low, trapped ...


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The 80s are Back!

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, April 2, 2018

It is Thursday evening as I walk up to the ticket window and ask for two IMAX 3D tickets for the much anticipated movie feature. The man at the ticket booth prints me up two paper tickets and hands me some bulky, oversized gray 3D glasses frames. I the stadium ...

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Bad Ideas

Banes at 12:00AM, March 29, 2018



It's easy to get lost in uncertainty, anxiety and self doubt when creating something. I often find myself spinning my wheels when working on a story, character, or what have you.

An interesting technique that I use all the time is the TEN BAD IDEAS list.

It goes like ...





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Points of View - Propaganda and Marketing

Banes at 12:00AM, March 22, 2018



There are endless points of view out there, and everyone on the Internet can have a voice.

We talked on a Quackcast some time ago about agendas and anvilicious messaging in some movies, and other fiction.

I've become interested lately in the marketing and messaging involved in movies and ...





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