Lauryn Hill thinks black people are stupid. I know what you are thinking, “That’s racist, and Lauryn Hill isn’t the least bit racist at all!” But that’s pretty much what she said. You see, Lauryn Hill was recently sentenced to three months in jail for not paying close to a million dollars in taxes to [...]
(CLARION, PA) Filmmaker Matt Croyle recently spoke to students at Clarion University of Pennsylvania about film, writing and creativity. Below is the video of the event:
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Just started a new job. It’s their busiest time of the year. I’ve put in multiple twelve hour days this week… This is the best I could come up with right now…
I hate the Pittsburgh Marathon. Every year, they close off streets to create an inescapable ring around the city, preventing anybody with legitimate business from doing anything that needs to get done for half the day. Work on Sunday? Well I hope you don’t have to commute far. Got a doctor’s appointment? Well, you better [...]
I don’t know whose fingers those were, or how they got burnt into the stone like that, I’m just glad I keep the shotgun close to the bed… Of course, I should probably get some silver shot or something…
It’s finally starting to warm up here in Pittsburgh, so I decided to go for a walk to see what animals were out and about. I figured that if there was one place that I would find some wildlife, it would be the Allegheny Cemetery. The first thing that I noticed were the bees flying [...]
Originally, I had just wanted to take the above picture, showing just how huge Children’s Hospital is, both towering above all the other buildings, as well as spreading out across the town. However, I noticed something as I was walking across the bridge. It appears that there is either some kind of wizard, or mad [...]
When the folks over at IGN were talking to the screenwirters for G.I.JOE: Retaliation, they let slip that they would like to “resurrect the Baroness like a zombie” for the third movie. Now first off, she isn’t dead, just locked up and filled with nanites, so I don’t know why there would be any resurrection, [...]
If there is one thing I have learned from watching too much anime, its that Asians are a magical people, with many magical abilities. Here, you can see the young wizardess Tila Tequila creating magical balls of energy that fire off from her fingertips. Unfortunately, as any wizard will tell you, magic energy balls are [...]
Dino D-Day is an alternate reality WWII shooter that answers the questions, “What would happen if the Nazis had cloned dinosaurs?” It’s like Call of Duty mixed with Dinoriders. I love this game, and it’s 75% off, so you should go buy it and love it too.
I’m working on something right now, and this ridiculous image is part of it. You may be asking yourself, just why exactly is Barrack Obama in a bunker with Alex Jones, George Noory, and Giorgio Tsoukalos, but you’ll just have to stay tuned for the answers.
I didn’t know this. It appears that J.K. Rowling is a huge racist, just look at her books. A bunch of white kids save their mostly white school from a bunch of bad guys. Wait, you say that isn’t enough to call her a racist? You need more? Well, how about a nice poem about [...]
While Boston is up in arms and the flames die down in Texas, Florida is facing an ecological disaster: An invasion of Giant African Land Snails. Now, you may not be that scared of snails, but when I hear about an invasion of mollusks like this, there is only one thing that comes to my [...]
There are lots of things that interest me about doing improv, but one of the top is that there’s no time when you’re performing improv that you can perfect anything. The scene you are making exists, and then it’s gone — it exists perhaps vaguely in your memory, and maybe a bit more clearly in the memory of the audience, but there’s nothing else to show it ever even happened. And what this means is that you can’t worry about polishing or revising or rethinking. Whatever you were able to do was as good as it could be.
This though is also frustrating, because it doesn’t allow for the kind of practice that you can work on in, for example, sports or playing an instrument or even acting. You can’t repeat things until you get them right. The only way to practice is to perform or rehearse, and rehearsals are really just performances without an audience. Every scene is different from every other scene you’ve done before, and for me this means it’s hard to learn from what I’ve done before. The combination of what my scene partner or partners have said and done, any contributions from the people on the back line, the input and reaction of the audience, my own mindset: It’s different every time, and what “worked” or didn’t previously doesn’t help me a lot in choosing what to do now.
Even programming isn’t as variable as this. Computers are very complex, but the ways we interact with them and what we can do with them is structured, so it’s finite.
All of this is a long way of saying that I’m extremely frustrated at what feels to me to be the very slow pace at which I’m learning to do improv. Like, glacially slow. Sure, I’ve been at this for not yet three months, but I can’t help but want to be getting better at it faster.
In the charmingly animated interview I posted above, David Foster Wallace talks about how he discovered the limit to how far he could go in competitive tennis, about being impatient with teachers he had in school, and about how differently he viewed things once he himself began to teach. None of this is exactly the same as what I’m felling about learning improv, but all of it is sort of resonant: creating without worry about perfection, learning as a practice, accepting that others with more experience have useful information to share, trusting that learning is a journey that never ends, being humble.
It’s still maddening though.
I think it should be known that I will not vote for anybody that voted to enact CISPA.
Jurassic Park 3D was amazing, and the movie still stands as having some of the best special effects I have ever seen. Even on an Imax screen, there were barely any issues with it. I really wish that modern movie makers would look back at what they used to make and see how awesome what [...]