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19 March 2010, 01:16 PM   #1
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This TED talk may be helpful to you. You should watch it sometime.

About this talk
Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director
Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter
panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.

About Shekhar Kapur
Shekhar Kapur is a visionary filmmaker and storyteller who works at the intersection of
art, myth and activism. 

19 March 2010, 01:27 PM   #2
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One thing he says during the talk which I want to highlight for you (and elaborate on) is
that the kinds of stories that are exceptional tell the story:

1. on the PLOT level - that's the basic what happens k

2. on the PSYCHOLOGICAL level - that's basically how the story will touch and stimulate

3. on the POLITICAL level - don't think in terms of government/politics, think larger, in
terms of basically, how does your story say something about how the world is, or how it
should be

4. and finally on the MYTHOLOGICAL level - personally, this is my area of interest in most
things, and what it refers to isn't "mythology" like Greek/Roman/Egyptian myths, etc.
(though those are reflective of it)...what it refers to is how the story can connect at a
very deep subconscious level that lays below surface differences of people, these are our
fundamental beliefs, needs, desires, archetypes, etc.

If you can manage to make your stories touch upon all of these levels or encompass these
realms then you give it the best shot at being something really good and meaningful

19 March 2010, 02:06 PM   #3
Joined: 11 Mar 2009
Posts: 212
this talk by J.J. Abrams is also really good.

About this talk
J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that’s evident in his
films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias -- back to its magical

19 March 2010, 02:25 PM    #4
Joined: 11 Mar 2009
Posts: 212
and this one is great from J.K. Rowling but cant embed so go watch it

About this talk
At her Harvard University commencement speech, "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling offers
some powerful, heartening advice to dreamers and overachievers, including one hard-won
lesson that she deems "worth more than any qualification I ever earned."


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