Archive for the ‘Storytelling’ Category

LucasTalk

October 5, 2006

George Lucas is a one-of-a-kind three-in-one genius. I give him this title because he not only imagined and wrote and conceived a brilliant story called Star Wars, but also managed to put his own money at stake and produce the film version, brilliantly directed by himself. So while I was engaged in checking out the extra featurettes disc of ‘Episode I: The Phantom Menace’ DVD, here’s what the master storyteller-producer-director had to say about the art of the movies…

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Quote of the Day

July 12, 2006

Journey is the Destination

“The Journey is the Destination.”  – Title of Dan Eldon’s journals

Traffic to Syriana

June 30, 2006

Syriana

Some years back Stephen Gaghan proved his storytelling mettle by giving us the brilliant script for Traffic, helmed by the indomitable Steven Soderbergh. After the success and Oscar win of Traffic, he went into a worldwide travel hiatus researching the dark secrets and dealings of the oil industry. The result of that quest for the storyteller in Gaghan is the movie ‘Syriana’. This time though he got the likes of George Clooney and Jeff Skoll (ex-eBay executive turned venture capitalist interested in captivating movies) to back that script and assemble an ensemble cast to dance to the tunes of his director’s call. Yep he decided to direct it himself and let Soderbergh take the back seat as executive director.

And what a brilliant movie he’s given us. The one thing that is engrossing about the movie is that, like Traffic, he’s managed to tell us simultaneous stories taking part in parts of the world as varied as Texas to Geneva to the Persian Gulf. And the beauty is that, unlike most movies with multiple storylines which connects in the end, here the connection is made in the end without the actors or stories intersecting into each other at the climax of the movie. Here in the end, we do get the deeper more holistic connection of the consequences of the actions of the different characters in play ranging from the Texas oilman to the Washington DC attorney to the derivatives trader to the CIA agent to the oil labourer in the Middle East. It’s subtly and beautifully captured and provides us with a firsthand glimpse of the phenomenon called ‘globalization’ at work and how ultimately it affects us all. Pretty scary, but that’s what the tagline on the poster says – “Everything is Connected”. Watch it and make your own connection.

Graphic Book Travalogues

March 10, 2006

Was browsing through a National Geographic Traveller magazine issue and chanced upon a small writeup about couple of travalogues that has been publiched in a sort of graphic-novel/comic book/journal format. I think it’s a wonderful idea to capture interesting travel stories with pictures, cartoons and other interesting tit-bits like tickets, souveniers, postcards etc thrown in. Still have to get my hands on these recommended titles, but looking forward to pick one up for my upcoming Singapore trip.

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“Losing Ahmad”

March 7, 2006

About two weeks back I was in Manhattan with a friend who was visiting on a business trip from India. We were roaming around Times Square on the Valentine’s Day night taking the usual pictures and stuff. It was right after the big snowstorm of the year, and it was pretty cold that night. Still in that deadbeat cold there was a Middle-Eastern looking guy standing there in the middle of the square with a video camera mounetd on a tripod. And he was asking the passing people and tourists to come and look into the camera for a few seconds.

This kind of caught my eye and I was curious to know what he was upto. So me and my buddy befriended him and asked him what he was working on. Apparently he’s working on a documentary feature called “Losing Ahmad”, which is the true story of a young Iraqi boy who loses his eye sight and an arm while returning from school because of an American bomb that was actually targeted towards some terrorists. A group of four Americans coordinates and brings him to the US for treatment. This documentary is supposed to be the story of the journey and what happened to Ahamed after that.

According to it’s Kuwait born director and producer Abdullah Boushahri, who is a graduate of the film program at Florida Atlantic University, the movie is pretty much finished and he’s shooting the final filler and other random shots. Meanwhile he has managed funding from some Kuwaiti organizations and BBC and now in the process of talking to HBO and other media companies. He is in the hope of screening the final version at select film festivals in US and abroad in the hope of getting the studios to buy the rights and market it in theatres.

It is a serious grassroots efforts by a novice filmaker who is trying to prove his creative vision by picking a noble and touching true story. Let’s hope he finds success and bring Ahmad’s story to the world. Anybody who gets a chance to read this visit the site at beyondreams.com and publicize it in your own way. It’ll definitely be worth the effort to see this storytelling endeavor bear fruition. Thanks!!

The Story of Fuck

March 4, 2006

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This funny little gem of a crossbreed story is from a new book called “13 Tails” by a Singapore-based art director who goes by the name white dog bobby. I thought it was damn funny and you can get a preview of her pictures and other street stickers at her Flickr site. She’s got a cute character called white dog bobby and he’s been making his mark by pissing and squating across the streets of Singapore and London.

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Dunny and Funny are Fuck’s kid brothers. These would make great street stickers and should be spread virally across the world’s city streets. Would love to spot one on the New York streets.

Look for more Fuck & Funny spottings on my other blog “Wall Stories” dedicated to street art hoardings from across the world.