Monday, May 11, 2009

it's not so bad.

I've been skimming through ezra pound's ABC of Reading on the train.  One of my profs, Nick Tanis, first recommended it in his writing for the short film class.  Pound's educated (and often snarky) criticisms firstly apply to poetry. But his writings also provide some fun exercises for writers, filmmakers, and animators alike.  Just substitute the medium.

Take the passage below:

You have, probably all of you, your favourite writers.
What would happen to you if you started writing immediately after you had been reading

or C?

If you wanted to say something they hadn't said, or something of a different kind, would their manner of writing make your statement more accurate?
More interesting?
. . . . . .

Do you know why you like . . . .

Do you in any way distinguish beetween writers whom you 'like' and those whom you 'respect'?
Why, and how?

What do you guys think?  What are your filmmaking or drawing sensibilities? Where do they come from?  How easily are they influenced?  Is this a good thing?  How critical are we of what we see?  I'll see how this is met before I post my own responses.  

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