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10 Lessons on Filmmaking from Director Alejandro Jodorowsky

Alejandro Jodorowsky; photo by Adrian Araya

Photo by Adrian Araya, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

The “Ten Lessons” interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky over at Filmmaker Magazine is thoughtful and altogether wonderful.  He takes a strong stance on the filmmaker as artist, as poet, but not an impractical one.  It’s perhaps a stronger stance than I take myself – filmmaking is an interdisciplinary art, and filmmakers, to my mind, have more roles than that of “artist” – but it’s refreshing to see someone who doesn’t approach film as a sort of artistic realpolitik, and it brings home what I’ve come to strongly suspect from seeing the approach of different directors, which is that filmmaking as a craft, and to an extent as an industry, is largely a reflection of the process and values you bring to it. Some of your choices may add to your challenges getting work done, but you do have a lot of choice about the nature of the business you’re in.

I’ve left a few extra quotes in this one to get a little deeper into his points, but, as always, the full discussion is over at Filmmaker Magazine, and goes quite a bit further into the role and nurturing of imagination, and the value of working with family and people you know, and, er… Marcel Marceau. Continue reading

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Infographic: How big will your apartment be in 2050?

Graphic by BBC Future

Graphic by BBC Future

Two types of people are obsessed with the apartment of the future: science fiction fans and anyone who’s lived in a city.  Both those groups know that Korben Dallas’s apartment in The Fifth Element is somewhere between near-certain prediction and inspirational.

If you’re one of those two types of people (or, let’s be honest, both), BBC Future’s got the infographic for you: city by city, they depict how big your individual shoebox will be and how many of your fellow citizens will be stacked on top of you.  And for good measure, they’ve added in what your quality of life will be, based on things like health care, culture, infrastructure, and political stability.

Life in 2050: How much space will you have to live in?