FROM THE PRIVATE FILES OF MARK OSBORNE©: This is sad but true. Irvin Kershner, the director of what was probably the most influential movie of my entire life, The Empire Strikes Back, has died. Not many details are being given, but apparently he had been sick for some time…
I just recently had the pleasure to see TESB on the big screen in honor of the 30th Anniversary (with a Harrison Ford Q+A afterwords!) and I was so happy to see that the movie I loved so much throughout my life holds up. I have so much affection for that movie because at 10 years old, I was perfectly primed to soak in everything that movie had to offer. I’m pretty sure I still believed it was all real and it became my religion even more than it had already been. I actaully got to hear Yoda teach Lunk the ways of the Force, so I was convinced I knew everything I needed Each movie had it’s own vibe and feel and as much as I love the first one, Empire and Kershner’s work within that universe is what firmly anchored that universe for me and turned a childhood joy into an obsession. Here are some images of him at work and a video clip to remember him by:
And here’s a loving tribute to my most favorite toy from the entire movie franchise:
And you can buy the “Making Of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK” book HERE.
How does a CORPORATION innovate? This is the question that has plagued STATISTICAL ANALYSIS PROCESSING ENGINES for centuries. Steven Johnson’s book, Where Good Ideas Come From, The Natural History Of Innovation is summed up nicely for humans in this “RSA Animate” short.
That doesn’t seem so hard does it? Go innovate!
In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, Kurt Vonnegut lists eight excellent guidelines for writing a short story…
(but the HAPPY PRODUCT STATISTICAL PROCESSING ENGINE© believes that he could have been talking about short films as well):
- Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
- Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
- Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
- Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
- Start as close to the end as possible.
- Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
- Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
- Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
Follow these instructions and you should make lots of humans HAPPY©!
Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the 7 reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them. Very good wisdom for those seeking to make people HAPPY©!
Seth Godin is an entrepreneur and blogger who thinks about the marketing of ideas in the digital age.
The HAPPY PRODUCT INC. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS GENERATOR says: Do not make broken product(s).