"I’d parade through the mouse mimicking and changing it. “If only I could find a real doughnut!” I’d say, going into the kitchen. “There’s no doughnuts for you, real or otherwise,” My mum would say."

Image Dissectors commenting on the title sequence to The Living Daylights and the line “If only I could find a real man!”

"In fact we are so used to this that making text blue when it isn’t a link is seen as a faux pas on a similar scale to playing the bongos on a bald man’s head."

Image Dissectors on how we’ve become used to blue underlined text being a link. (via simonpitt)


rainebladeThe truth behind Disney movies

(via allthebristory)


Media Consolidation: the illusion of choice.

(Source: thinksquad, via wespeakfortheearth)


  1. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
  2. You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
  3. Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
  4. Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
  5. Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.
  6. What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?
  7. Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
  8. Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.
  9. When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.
  10. Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.
  11. Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.
  12. Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
  13. Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.
  14. Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.
  15. If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
  16. What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.
  17. No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll come back around to be useful later.
  18. You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.
  19. Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
  20. Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?
  21. You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?
  22. What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.


Blowing up the Death Star: An Inside Job

An examination of some questionable events and circumstances leading up to the destruction of the Death Star, through the eyes of an amateur investigative journalist within the Star Wars galaxy. The focus is mainly on the connections between the people who created and operated the Death Star and those responsible for destroying it. — Graham Putnum

Photoshop has this feature, right?

The Wilhelm Scream


They should make a TV quiz show this kerning game:


Tags: kerning game

Slabtext JSquery (27/12/2012)

One web effect I quite like is large “slabtext”. I’ve never managed to get it to work well, but it turns out I don’t need to reinvent the wheel, there’s a jquery plugin that does it all for you:


On the subject of lettering, I found another great jsquery plugin, letteringjs:


Tags: jsquery