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Weekend Longform Video: Screenwriting Lecture by Abi Morgan of “Shame”, “The Hour”

Still from Abi Morgan's lecture on screenwriting for BAFTA Guru.

Still from Abi Morgan’s lecture on screenwriting for BAFTA Guru.

Abi Morgan is one of the best writers out there, equally solid in television, film, and stage.  I’m incredibly impressed by the writing for The Hour: dense writing makes it light and fast-paced without being staccato or rushed, and the characterizations are incredibly rich.  In a large ensemble cast, every character is treated with great respect and shown as terrifically human, flawed and also wonderful.  (I’ve been thinking about how it’s done all week.  I’d love to see those scripts, but, man, try googling “scripts the hour”, and watch utter keyword failure in progress.)

In this video, she speaks about screenwriting in a talk for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

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New York’s Teen Poets Put Words on Walls

Photos by Urban Word NYC

Photos by Urban Word NYC

I’m a sucker for two things in particular: interesting ways of projecting sound and light, and projects that mix scientists and artists, preferably in bizarre and idealistic ways.  (Anyone can make digital art.  It’s making magic happen that’s hard.)

Urban Word NYC is a literacy group bringing poetry to New York City teens.  Ideas City is a festival celebrating the arts and urban creativity.  The Hive Digital Media Learning Fund puts money in the hands of projects that combine scientists, artists, educators, and kids outside the classroom.  Stick them in a blender.  Mix well.  What you get is the Words on Walls project at the Ideas City Festival, where teen poets work with software to project their words onto the walls, steps, and surfaces of the city as they read their work. Continue reading