As a devotee of the art of storytelling I am a big fan of Joseph Campbell’s work in comparative mythology. He had a gift for revealing the fundamental elements common in stories across cultures and exploring how they can (and do) work in our daily lives.
I recently came across this blog by James Baquet which provides a solid overview of Campbell’s major themes. If you are unfamiliar with Campbell’s work this is a perfect place to start the journey.
As wonderful as Campbell’s writing is, (The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Myths to Live By , etc…) listening to him share his passion and insight in conversation is where I find him most inspiring. If you’ve never seen/heard The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers I strongly urge you to do so. The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell with Michael Toms is not as well known but is also worth hearing.
Another big literary birthday today. Jules Verne, The father of Science Fiction, was born on this day in 1828.
Explore some of his work here.
Discover 8 things he invented in his writing that came true here.
Learn about him here.
Some links about the great author to celebrate:
Dickens advice to his son.
Learn all about him here.
Get a quote from him here.
I’ve been enjoying re-watching these conversations between Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers on PBS. There is so much enlightening information here, no matter what your views on culture and faith. (I wish they had a player that was more blogger friendly.)
Watch Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers Promo on PBS. See more from pbs.
As a video editor and motion designer Art of the Title is one of the sites I frequent for inspiration (although it often leaves me feeling like a total hack). Their latest post, Goldtooth Creative’s slick title sequence for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a video game, is a fascinating look at creative process. The interviews with Paul Furminger from Goldtooth Creative (director of the sequence) and Jean-François Dugas from Eidos-Montreal take us from original concept and sketches through various CG render passes and live action shooting to final product. And while there is a great deal to absorb and learn from this article, I must admit that the tipping point for me was seeing the title sequence for “The Six Million Dollar Man,” posted as one of their visual references (It’s all the way at the bottom). Suddenly I was seven years old again.