Where do all the best love songs come from? Broken relationships

Friday, 13 May, 2011

Happy, stable, relationships could be an impediment for musicians and song writers… many find the quality of their work declines without the angst that accompanies being lovelorn.

Is turmoil a necessary ingredient for artistic success? Quite a few musicians I spoke to worry that peace in their personal lives robbed them of their creative spark. Most of them listed artists they admire whose work suffered when they married. Muzzey expressly wonders whether a happy, stable relationship might jeopardise his financial success. The male songwriters and composers spoke of the creative influence of tension and conflict, and one even mentioned rage

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Intellectual property help worse than intellectual property theft?

Wednesday, 9 February, 2011

Roman Coppola, who worked as a producer on Somewhere, the most recent film of his sister, Sofia, also acted as a protector of her ideas. He wasn’t however keeping her ideas safe from misappropriation, but rather away from those who thought they could improve on her thoughts.

As a producer, Roman saw his role as keeping the crew small, the project moving, the choices open so that Sofia could do her work. He protected the movie so that she could make it.

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Creative block, it can’t be cured, so try not to get upset by it

Monday, 2 August, 2010

Given there is no “cure”, or one-size-that-fits-all method of beating it, creative block is something creative types simply have to tolerate. While a thoroughly disconcerting state, especially while in the midst of it, many artistic and creative people have gone on to do their finest work after prolonged periods devoid of inspiration.

Can creative block be cured? I think not – I doubt the “medical” help Dr Dahl gave Rachmaninoff made a huge difference. But perhaps he encouraged his sense of worth, his confidence and self-esteem. Certainly, after that black depression he never reached such depths again – though so much of his music continues to conjure feelings of sadness as well as elation in its listeners.

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Art imitates life, here’s how you find screenwriting ideas

Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

This one has been doing the rounds, but if you’ve ever wondered where screenwriters find inspiration for TV shows, read on

The stories I love often involve world-building. But most people working in the tv business are terrified of building worlds. They want shows that are relatable and recognizable. They want real worlds with real people that will under no condition make viewers uncomfortable or remind them of anything remotely strange and unknown. No Ordinary Family is a perfect example of this: the family is Absolutely Ordinary until they’re NOT. And when they’re NOT, they respond to that very NOT-ness just as any other Ordinary Family would.

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Light bulbs rather than fluorescent lighting enhance creativity

Friday, 7 May, 2010

Light bulbs, or globes, are frequently associated with inspirational “eureka” moments, but now a link has been found between their presence and greater instances of creativity and problem solving.

To see if light bulbs could actually promote insights, Slepian and his colleagues next gave college students spatial, math and verbal problems to solve and had either a bare light bulb or an overhead fluorescent light turned on in the room partway into the problem. The volunteers either solved the problems faster or more often with the light bulb than with the fluorescent light.

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Three movies to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs

Monday, 29 March, 2010

Take a break from the start-up and check out Anthony Tjan’s list of must see movies for entrepreneurs:

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Carla Bruni is Woody Allen’s newest muse

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Move over Scarlett Johansson. Carla Bruni, as in wife of the French President, is now inspiring Woody Allen’s film making.

She is a quintessential Minor Woody Allen Character: sexy, wealthy, European in that luxury-hotel sense that he adores, liberated in a pre-feminist sort of way, with creative aspirations that are preposterous but which powerful, besotted men might well indulge in the hope of getting inside her exquisitely tailored culottes.

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Package design so good it belongs in a museum

Thursday, 17 September, 2009

The Packaging Design Archive, an extensive resource of “the best examples of innovative packaging objects”.

It is an instrument for research and teaching activities, project development and business. It’s a tool for the monitoring of innovation in packaging design and it is based on an on-line archive of packaging projects, which are catalogued and organized according to the criteria at the base of communication design; parameters derived from an analytic reading of the package and its elements (communication aspects: typographic, iconographic, chromatic; structural; of service; of sustainability etc.).

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Bob Dylan arrested while on a quest for inspiration?

Wednesday, 19 August, 2009

Bob Dylan seems hell bent on visiting houses and buildings where iconic latter-day musicians have either previously lived, or recorded some of their greatest work, and even seems prepared to trespass to do so:

Finally, last month, homeowners in Long Branch, 30 miles south of New York, phoned the authorities when they noticed a scruffy figure ambling along a residential street and entering the yard of an up-for-sale house. Soaking wet, Dylan, 68, gave his name to Kristie Buble, a 24-year-old police officer, and informed her that he was in town to headline a concert with country star Willie Nelson and rocker John Mellencamp. She was sceptical.

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Plenty of rest is the cure for writer’s block

Wednesday, 12 August, 2009

Jeffrey Zeldman: the best time to write is when you feel inspired, as opposed to when you’re tired, racing to meet a deadline, etc.

Work is work, and we must do what we must do. But when quality matters most, the old saw about “good or fast – choose one,” holds true. Pushing through to the finish line when you have nothing left inside you is great for marathon runners, but not so hot for creative professionals. In particular, if you’re trying to write clearly and well, it’s better to let a deadline slide by a day than to “just finish up.”

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