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Still writing? [Dec. 1st, 2005|03:12 pm]
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Did you finish watching Casablanca? That was the movie of the week of Oct 30th-Nov. 6th and because of the holidays I didn't give a new movie. For those still interested, the movie for this week is out in theaters, it's called Rent. Take yourselves out and take some notes. At the end of this tragic love theme, you will see how it comes together. There are still quite a bit more films to watch and at any point if you want to comment on them or ask questions about them, please use this as your forum/medium for that.
I will still be here to check in and maintain the site while I am in Spain.
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Weekly check-in and movie for the week. [Oct. 23rd, 2005|10:23 pm]
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I know it's been a hectic week. Time is very precious and limited. I hope that you were able to find time to devote to you creativity and art. Does anyone have any moments of clarity, or things they want to share? How were the tasks for this week? Our next movie for the film addition of the creative writing is going to be the classic Casablanca. At the end of our tragic love theme we will have a task that ties all these other ones together. I should have my scene posted by the middle of this week. I am still new to this whole creative group support. I did my first Artist's Way with limited support and it made for a very difficult time sticking with it. My stick to itiveness did not improve any the second time around, it wasn't until I elicited the support of friends and loved ones that held me to my commitment to my self and assisted me with getting time for me that I was able to try again the third time with renewed faith that I can do it and see it the whole way through and this is the journey we are taking together. I hope you find that the weekly readings and lessons awaken something in you. I am also going to share my favorite quotes and readings from this week by tomorrow, Monday night.
Happy creatiing!
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Film addition exercise for week of 10/23 [Oct. 21st, 2005|07:10 pm]
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[mood |determined]

Hi everyone and welcome to the forum for the Artist's Way and the bonus creative writing portion.

I asked you all to make a list of differences, signifant and unique styles that pertain to the film Romeo + Juliet by Baz Luhrmann. I want to implement that into the task today.

First, I want to let you know that from my recent education in the creative arts I have learned that an absolutely original idea is very rare. Most if not all stories and ideas can be traced back to the dawn of time, when language was first conceived. We have our stories now because centuries ago that was how they taught the children. That is how fairytales gained such popularity. I am thinking back to Pre-Aristotle and Plato times, but these two also told stories to teach people. What we have now in books and on the screen are unique and original ways of telling those stories. That being said, there is no story that has been told with your original take, in your original voice and viewpoint. In essence, no one has ever told a story your way, only you can do that. You add the unique flair, experiences,and perceptions to make the story fresh.

Today I want to focus on the important element in a story that moves the story along that is, the scene. I want you to take the differences you noted put your favorite differences together and create a scene and describe it. For instance, my favorites were the gun-slinging Western style theme, the multi-cultural background, and the music. My scene would most likely look like a 1900's Western bar with a modern flair. The key is to show and not tell. If when you first write out the exercise, you use adjectives, go back to those adjectives and replace them all with verbs and/or nouns. For instance: She was beautifully dressed, could be changed to: She sauntered down the front stairs towars him. The sequins on the bodice of her floor length teal gown sparkled in swirling green and silver. The rhinestone earrings and matching bracelet blinded as it refracted the light into his eyes.

Most of all, have fun with this exercise and don't feel as though it has to be perfect. One thing you will quickly learn in this is that you have to allow your self to create something bad in order for you to create at all. In othe words, bad is good because it means you are showing up on the page, you are doing something. Another way to look at it; nothing is ever truly bad.

I'll check in with everyone Sunday. If you wish to post and share your writing exercise work before then, feel free. If I have time, I just may do that.
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"Romeo + Juliet" by Baz Lurhmann [Oct. 20th, 2005|11:18 pm]
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The preliminary work for the creative writing task is to notate and write down all of the ways in which "Romeo + Juliet" is different than any other adaptation of Shakespeare's work. In what ways does Luhrmann tell this old tale so that it is still interesting? What different spins or takes does he use to create intrigue?
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