July 13, 2017

The beauty of the poetic film is its ability to wash over us, to whisk us away to transcendent places where we can view the universe through a new set of lenses, a fresh perspective that eclipses our mundane understanding of our visceral, earthbound expressions of what it means to be human. We have been programmed to read narrative into film, but just like the spiritual experiences provoked by classical concerts at symphonic halls, there are sublime encounters we can have with soulful cinema in...

May 5, 2017

I am currently sitting in my favorite Sierra Madre coffee shop sipping on a cup of vanilla nut coffee while listening to an odd version of the Jurassic Park theme song – a 54-minute, time-stretched version of the 3:28 original. With the music blaring through my ear buds and my MacBook perched on my lap, I am also looking at glorious images of Saturn that were recently beamed back to Earth from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft – a tiny little 13’ x 22’ trophy of human progress that will meet its demise...

March 13, 2017

What was the first thing that came to mind when you saw that word “prophet” in today’s blog title? Based on our society's half-baked understanding of world religions and the depictions of prophets in Hollywood films, many of us probably regard these hermit-type characters as nothing more than delusional outcasts, convinced that they can see into the future, forecast apocalyptic phenomena, and make predictions about how the events of tomorrow are going to unfold. We tend to regard prophets as mag...

February 27, 2017

In the Christian tradition, just before His ascension into heaven, Jesus told his disciples that, once His time on Earth was over, He would send a Great Counselor to take His place. This promised omniscient guide became known to the early Christians as the Holy Spirit.

But the early church already had God, and they had Jesus, so why was a third party necessary to complete the transcendent, spiritual relationship that existed between humankind and the divine?

The great contemplatives of nearly all...

February 19, 2017

Last week I gave a talk on transcendent storytelling at the Storytelling for Social Profit Summit – a fantastic gathering of storytellers and forward-thinkers who want to change the world through the power of story.

In my talk, I walked through the various aspects of the transcendent story. Many future posts will be devoted to the nuances of transcendent storytelling, but for the sake of today’s subject, I’ll attempt to sum up my talk in a simple “one sentence pitch.”

Transcendent stories are narr...

February 16, 2017

Back when I was in graduate school, my screenwriting professor gave me an assignment that made very little sense to me at the time. Every student in the class was tasked with the responsibility of creating a movie poster for the script they were writing. At the time, it seemed like a throw-away assignment. I figured my professor just needed to assign us a bunch of busy work to fill some empty class time. It wasn’t until years later that his movie poster assignment not only made sense, the lesson...

February 14, 2017

Getting Back to the Basics

I recently returned from a trip to the Middle East where I was blessed to stand before a group of eighteen students from five different countries and teach them about the art of crafting short stories. My overseas teaching experiences are rewarding beyond measure, but the language barrier is always frustrating.  Every time I work with an interpreter, it forces me to choose my words carefully and focus on the essentials. But, most importantly, it makes me reexamine the...

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