Category Archives: Storytelling

Daniel Erickson on writing the Old Republic

Gamasutra has a nice interview with Daniel Erickson, the lead writer on Star Wars: The Old Republic at BioWare Austin. Nothing truly new, but a lot of good points that are worth repeating, and an insight into how Bioware handles writing in games. Some extracts, slightly rearranged and emphasis mine: [Writing in games] has to […]

The Parallel Universe Film Guide

Check out The Parallel Universe Film Guide, a kind of IMDB from an alternate reality. I like this kind of stuff a lot. Too bad it is meant as a parody… unlike this, still one of my favorite websites.

Interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky

Here is an interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky from 1999. It’s fascinating – it helps if you like his work I guess. The Incal, written by Jodorowsky and illustrated by Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud is one of my favorite comics. I am sad that I will be in Paris but not at the right time to catch […]

Mystery on Fifth Avenue

The New York Times has a fascinating story about a house with a mysterious riddle. Specifically, a house on Fifth Avenue where the architect threw in an alternate reality game for free. Without telling his clients… They are living in a typical habitat for the sort of New Yorkers they appear to be: an enormous […]

Kenneth Hite’s Tour de Lovecraft

If you like the work of H.P. Lovecraft, you might be interested in reading Kenneth Hite’s Tour de Lovecraft, where he critiques a bunch of Lovecraft’s stories, in chronological order. Read it from the bottom up. With stories this good, I don’t propose to spend quite as much effort dragging out their structure and such, […]

Reconsidering Star Wars IV in the light of I-III

Keith Martin has written a cool essay for Star Wars geeks called “A New Sith, or Revenge of the Hope”, which reconsiders Star Wars IV in the light of I-III and comes up with some amusing new conclusions. (Via Kottke.)

Regarding Dumbledore and the boundaries of Harry Potter

I’m sure you’ve heard that J.K. Rowling has outed Dumbledore as gay. I find it amusing, but beyond that I have no strong opinion on the subject. However, there are people over at Making Light who do. The comments there are a good read (to read the ROT13-encrypted comments, try this bookmarklet) and highly informative, […]

Trailer for new Pixar movie Wall-E revealed

Disney just released a new trailer for Wall-E, Pixar’s next movie (which I blogged about earlier). This is definitely looking like the most detailed Pixar movie ever. The light on that dust, wow. Apparently Wall-E won’t contain any intelligible speech! Just R2D2-esque sounds. That sounds like a very interesting creative constraint: it allows the filmmakers […]

Awesome info visualization in The Kingdom

Exposition is always a difficult problem in storytelling. How do you quickly convey crucial background information without boring your audience? “Surely you know, professor Horneman, that one can’t just have people tell each other things they already know!” Well, here you can see the first 4 minutes of The Kingdom, a new movie about the […]

Inland Empire

I just came back from the last showing of David Lynch’s latest movie, Inland Empire, at the Gartenbaukino, a wonderful cinema built in the 60s here in Vienna. What can I say? The movie lasts 3 hours. My ass hurts. The most frightening moment was furtively looking at my watch and seeing I had another […]