More and more studies are confirming that a crisis actually boosts creativity. It’s easy to see why we all live in a state of constant frustration. CNN reports that we consume about 74 gigabytes — nine DVDs worth — of data every day. And that’s not counting personal problems, career challenges, and other obstacles. But the Wall Street Journal confirms that “having your world turned upside down sparks creative thinking.” How?
I’ve written many times on this blog about the danger of “clutter.” Clutter comes in all forms – from the media voices screaming for our attention, to the messy desk in front of us (where was that file again?) to the million other options that keep us from pursuing our creative calling. That’s why it’s good to re-read how William Zinsser, author of the writing classic “On Writing Well” (1976) felt about clutter in our writing. It’s worth the read:
All is never completely well in Hollywood. In a world where technology is re-defining how we engage entertainment and media, you can never sit on your laurels – even if those laurels include movies like The Avengers or Star Wars. The truth is, there are things that keep studio executives up at night, and Variety Magazine pointed out five of the most troubling. Here’s their take:
Camera drones are all the rage, and we’re seeing them everywhere – like the snow ski run above. But a great number of young filmmakers are using them without any experience whatsoever. Not only does that end up with bad results, but with a drone, you can end up in jail! So I asked John Montana, from No Title Production Films to give us a few tips on using drones. Here’s what John suggested:
I get asked (usually from Christian media) if I believe Hollywood is anti-Christian. I understand the question, because it’s pretty easy to see that Judeo-Christian values aren’t exactly the hot button these days in the movie and television industries. And yet, to make a blanket statement that Hollywood is the enemy is a big mistake. Recently, I discussed the issue with a major Christian media site, and here’s what I told them. I’d love to hear your comments about my answers:
Looking at the direction of the culture, the shape of trends, and the current challenges we face, here’s a handful of ideas to look for in 2016. I strongly recommend that you share this with pastors, ministry and nonprofit leaders you know, because from a media perspective, these are the critical areas that I believe we should focus our messages on in the coming year:
It’s always a surprise to see what people like (and sometimes dislike) on my blog. That’s why I love sharing what you felt were the best (and maybe worst) posts of the year. So for better or worse, here’s the Top Ten posts that people enjoyed and responded to most often during 2015: