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Creativity and Selling Your Ideas

One of the few online blogs I subscribe to is “Brain Pickings Weekly” by Maria Popova. (Full disclosure: she listed The Power of Film in her piece, “(Almost) Everything You Need to Know about Culture in 10 Books” in 2011, so I was first attracted to her site by self-interest, but I’ve stayed a subscriber because she is always interesting.)

Today, her free newsletter discusses a new book by Daniel Pink in the article, “Ambiverts, Problem-Finders, and the Surprising Secrets of Selling Your Ideas.” There are several good ideas there for creative people.

The piece is at It’s the third article on today’s page.


So, Film, TV or Videogames Kill?

When Psycho came out in 1959, a teenager killed his grandmother, and at the trial tried coping that old plea used in ecclesiastical and civilian courts for centuries, “The Devil made me do it.” Seeing Hitchcock’s film, the killer claimed, made him so mentally deranged he was compelled to kill his grandmother. His defense failed.

When the National Rifle Association’s Wayne Lapierre spoke for 25 minutes on Friday about the mass murder of children and teachers in a school in Newtown, Connecticut, much of his time was devoted to answering his own rhetorical question, “isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?” Various politicians echoed Lapierre’s accusations. But then, some politicians always have.For the last 2,500 years, the most popular and memorable dramatic stories have tended to be filled with sex and violence. Some people have always been offended by this, and periodically throughout its history, theaters have been condemned, censored, and shut down as a result. Other people have argued that, rather than being a danger to individuals and soci­ety, the depiction of these deep human impulses on stage and screen produces “catharsis.” Read more »


How to Make It in Today’s Film World

The European Independent Film Festival posted the following interview with me at


“How to Make It in Today’s Film World”

an Interview with Howard Suber

Suber has been a professor of film at the University of California for 47 years and was the founder of the current Film and Television Producers Program. He has helped train thousands of young screenwriters, producers, directors and animators, many of whom are active around the world. His book offers an overview of the film industry, commenting on everything from the practical issues associated with producing films through to the creative process.

 In this interview, Suber discusses his insightful book and shares his opinions on the evolution of the film industry. His commentary provides an educated look into the multi-faceted film world: what it was, what it has become and where it is headed. Read more »


Four Strategic Elements for Success

I think this Venn Diagram shows four strategic components for success in film — or anywhere else. I got it on Facebook from Fred G. Andrews,  who got it from Morgan Jenness, who got it from Dorothy Shapland, who modified something from Aristotle Bancale. The title I’ve given it is my own.

Photo: Something to.strive for...?


Finding your voice vs. finding what your work is trying to say

Some of the responses I’ve received to my piece “Finding Your Authentic Voice” have exhibited a touch of anguish because several people clearly feel they should have a voice but didn’t know what it was or how to find it, or they feel have a voice but no one will listen to it.

As one person pointed out, the word “vocation” comes from the same root as “voice,” and it refers to something that has the status of the sacred – a higher calling. Read more »