Author Archives: Bob Gillen

Passionate visual storytellers

Have you seen the Storyhunter website? Check it out. Storyhunters are “award-winning video professionals ready to go on assignment for you. They are passionate visual storytellers. They are filmmakers. They are editors, creative directors, video journalists, producers, sound recorders, animators. They tell authentic stories. They are on the ground and they never back down from […]

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Looking for story ideas? Try the supermarket.

Looking for story ideas? Try the supermarket. Writers welcome story ideas. Often those ideas come from inspiration, from notes, from good old ass-in-chair work. But sometimes you’re just plain stuck. Try looking and listening while you’re shopping in the supermarket. The other day I spied a man in a kilt in Trader Joe’s market. It […]

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You don’t get to skip to happily ever after

“I understand small moments of joy on a page, like a slave receiving a Christmas present, because I can place those stories into a broad landscape and see them as the exception, not the norm. I knew what it would be like to be black today because I learned what it was like to be […]

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Create colorful female characters

Here’s a recommendation from actress Geena Davis on inhabiting your scripts and stories with female characters: “Go through the projects you’re already working on and change a bunch of the characters’ first names to women’s names. With one stroke you’ve created some colorful unstereotypical female characters that might turn out to be even more interesting […]

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Photographing Urban Underground Arteries

Urban underground photographer Steve Duncan has spent years exploring and photographing urban underground arteries that include New York City’s subway and sewer tunnels, as well as the Paris and London underground. Duncan is afraid of the dark. In a 2010 interview in Columbia Magazine, he said, “I figured if I could venture alone into this […]

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