Linky Goodness – 5/18/2012

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Francis Ford Coppola on risk, money and craft

Even in the early days of the movies, they didn’t know how to make movies. They had an image and it moved and the audience loved it. You saw a train coming into the station, and just to see motion was beautiful.

The cinema language happened by experimentation – by people not knowing what to do. But unfortunately, after 15-20 years, it became a commercial industry. People made money in the cinema, and then they began to say to the pioneers, “Don’t experiment. We want to make money. We don’t want to take chances.”

An essential element of any art is risk. If you don’t take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful, that hasn’t been seen before?

This is one of the reasons I love working in the medium of the web. It’s still young enough that you can build beautiful things and bring to life experiences impossible before.

Was 1982 the best summer for movies ever?

The craft of corpsing (failing to keep from laughing while on screen)
Make sure you have the sound on and are in a place where it’s ok to laugh very loudly.

Make every week more screen-free
We’re pretty good about this, but we can still improve. The children get *zero* screen time during the week, so I think we’re basically doing ok.

A little late on this one, but I’m glad to find out that Matt Taibbi is as much of a draft geek as I am.

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