Every character needs a spine

Earlier this year, film-maker Andrew Stanton gave an inspirational lecture on storytelling as part of the Ted Talks programme. One quote in particular stuck with me, and it's this: "I took a seminar this year with an acting teacher named Judith Weston and I learned a key insight to character. She believed that all well-drawn … Continue reading Every character needs a spine

John Carter

I’m fresh back from a trip to see John Carter, the big new Disney movie directed by Andrew Stanton of Pixar fame and adapted from the classic 1917 Edgar Rice Burroughs novel A Princess of Mars. Describe it like that, and you begin to get a sense of just how much baggage this movie’s carrying … Continue reading John Carter