Excerpt from Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
If you are trying to decide among a few people to fill a position, hire the best writer. It doesn’t matter if that person is a marketer, salesperson, designer, programmer, or whatever; their writing skills will pay off. That’s because being a good writer is about more than writing. Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking. Great writers know how to communicate. They make things easy to understand. They can put themselves in someone else’s shoes. They know what to omit. And those are qualities you want in any candidate. Writing is making a comeback all over our society. Look at how much people e-mail and text-message now rather than talk on the phone. Look at how much communication happens via instant messaging and blogging. Writing is today’s currency for good ideas.
Another installment of TheFilmSchool’s popular Caught in the ACT! series.
Alum Susan Wade will run the creative gauntlet as her script GRACE OMALLEY, QUEEN OF CONNAUGHT will be read live by pro actors, with real-time feedback from screenwriting and directing pro’s.
LOGLINE: “When her dream to be clan chief is eclipsed by Queen Elizabeth’s bloody push to rule 16th century Ireland, Grace O’Malley, notorious warrior and pirate Queen of Connaught, must weigh family, love and land against the larger struggle for Irish freedom.”
Do you express your thoughts and dreams through music or film?
The Prodigy Camp, the premiere storytelling camp for young artists ages 12-18, wants to see what you’ve got. We search the world looking for the best and brightest young artists to win one of twenty coveted spots every summer. Now’s your chance to become a part of this exclusive group. Two of the scholarships have already been awarded to actor Nathan Gamble (BABEL, THE DARK KNIGHT, A DOLPHIN TALE, and MARLEY AND ME) the other to YouTube musician Thilo Berndt) so getting your submission to us early is a good idea.
All you have to do to enter is upload an original short film or a homemade interpretive music video that tells us an amazing story. It could be about your dog. It could be about space aliens. It could be about the love of your life. Just tell your best story and send it to us. In the video description, tell us who you are, why you want to attend The Prodigy Camp and why telling stories is important to you as an artist.
HOW TO ENTER
Update / create a YouTube video telling us your best story (short film or an original song)
Add a paragraph to the video explaining why you want to go to Prodigy Camp, and what story means to you.
Grand Prize Full Scholarship Second Prize 3/4 Scholarship Third Prize 1/2 Scholarship
All applicants for The 2012 Prodigy Camp will be considered for admission according to the originality of their concept, raw talent and potential for growth.
Due to limited enrollment only the twenty most promising applicants will be invited to participate in The 2012 Prodigy Camp. Contest results will be announced on May 15th, 2012 and all prize winners will be contacted by e-mail prior to public announcement.
ABOUT PRODIGY CAMP
Location: Whidbey Island, WA (northwest of Seattle) Dates: July 24th – July 31st, 2012 Application Deadline: June 10th Age Requirement: 12-18 by the first day of camp Tuition: $1,995
To find out all about The Prodigy Camp program go to our website at prodigycamp.org.
We are proud to announce that this March’s First Tuesday event will be hosted by Lyall Bush, the executive director of Northwest Film Forum. The discussion will focus on the film SYNECHDOCHE, NEW YORK, and the eccentric storytelling style of Charlie Kaufman. We will explore how Kaufman plays jump rope with traditional story structure while thriving in loose ends and messiness. This film (starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener) is a virtuoso writing display with stories that veer and branch into other stories that branch again (and don’t resolve). What he achieves is mesmerizing, and certainly worth a discussion. First Tuesday is completely free and open to the public.
Lyall is one of the cities smartest film advocates and his analytical abilities are not to be missed. We strongly encourage you to see SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK before attending if possible (though not required) and the work of the great screenwriter, Charlie Kauffman.
When: March 6th, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Roy St Coffee and Tea (Capitol Hill), 700 Broadway E., Seattle, WA 98102
Thanks to those that attended and supported TheFilmSchool’s Oscar Gala last night. It was a huge success, making over $160,000 for the school’s New Programs and Scholarship Fund!
Once again The Triple Door was the place to be on Oscar Night in Seattle. From dinner to the live Oscar telecast to the silent auction, we cheered, we partied and we rubbed elbows. But more importantly we came together as a community to celebrate and support the art of authentic and powerful storytelling right here in Seattle – that’s what the Gala is all about. The below video is a special thank you message recorded last night by faculty member and co-founder Tom Skerritt, and Oscar Gala Committee co-chairs Julie Tokashiki and Patrice Auld.
Thanks again to all those who came out on Sunday to support TFS.