Tuesday, April 20, 2010

J.J. Abrams: The Mystery Box

  Writer, director and producer J.J. Abrams makes smart, addictive dramas like TV's Lost, and films like Cloverfield and the new Star Trek.


Why you should listen to him:

  As the Emmy-winning creator of the smart, addictive TV dramas Lost, Alias and Felicity, J.J. Abrams' name looms large on the small screen. As the writer/director behind the blockbuster explode-a-thon Mission: Impossible III, Cloverfield and the new Star Trek movie, these days Abrams also rules the big screen -- bringing his eye for telling detail and emotional connection to larger-than-life stories.

  Abrams' enthusiasm -- for the construction of Kleenex boxes, for the quiet moments between shark attacks in Jaws, for today's filmmaking technologies, and above all for the potent mystery of an unopened package -- is incredibly infectious.
"As a boy, JJ Abrams was fascinated with magic. As a television writer, director, and producer, he has beguiled audiences with a masterful use of suspense, plot reversals, and special effects." ---- Wired
  In this video J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery - a passion thats evident in his films and TV shows, back to its magical beginnings.

Check it out:

  For those of you who don't know about TED talks, and of TEDx, the independently-organized TED events around the world. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, politics and the arts.

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Fun quote:
  "You go to the theater, you're just so excited to see anything, the moment the lights go down is often the best part --- you know?"
... so true ;)


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