I seriously cannot wait…
…In these moments when we’re blocked, or in the moments we are staring at a board full of diagrams, moving characters and motivations around like chess pieces, trying to “solve” a story as if it were math homework, paralyzed by the academia, it helps to remember that any act of creation, whether folding a paper airplane, baking a cake or writing an episode of SVU, is, by definition, a religious act and a subversive one. We reach out with ape-like hands and filthy minds and we mock and challenge all that came before us by making something be there that was not there. We change the history of the world, we change who we are and we change everything that touches what we make, so we may as well also always change the rules by which we make them.
…Now that you’ve studied Campbell, you’ve got what’s important about it. Heroes go Somewhere Else and Heroes Come Back Different. Everything else is yours to interpret.
Dan Harmon rises to poetry here. Quite lovely. (Italics mine, btw. Cf. Harlan Ellison’s frequent characterization of writing as “the holy chore”.)
(already reblogged here from Peter, but this is worth excerpting. Especially because I’m at the “moving characters around like chess pieces” stage on something at the moment…)
My characters aren’t losers. They’re rebels. They win by their refusal to play by everyone else’s rules.
Today, we mourn of the loss of Harold Ramis, one of the most influential comedy directors of all time.(via tribecafilm)