The highly anticipated CW series Life Sentence, starring Lucy Hale, is moving to Vancouver this summer, even though the pilot was filmed in Atlanta, one of the United State’s most popular filming locations at the moment. It’s not a big surprise to see the series move since The CW seems to love Vancouver. Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, and Supernatural are all filmed in Vancouver, too. CW Series Life Sentence starring Lucy Hale moving to #Vancouver from Atlanta to film the series this summer @WhatsFilming @olv #yvrshoots — Lindsay B (@lemon_buzz) May 24, 2017 Life Sentence stars Lucy Hale as a young woman, Stella, who is dying of cancer, but then learns she isn’t going to die after all. The news means she has to learn how to live with the choices she made when she was “living like she was dying,” including marrying a complete stranger. It also means she sees her family’s problems for the first time, after they finally stop pretending everything is OK to protect her and, for the first time, she sees the full impact her illness has had on those closest to her. Some are comparing the series to NBC’s hit This Is..
Jeff Goldblum has signed on to reprise his Jurassic Park character of Ian Malcolm for J. A. Bayona‘s upcoming sequel Jurassic World 2. Hit the jump for more details on the Jeff Goldblum Jurassic World 2 casting.
Goldblum will be joining Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in the currently filming yet-to-be-officially-titled sequel. The film also features Justice Smith, James Cromwell, and Toby Jones. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow reteamed with his writing partner Derek Connolly for the sequel’s screenplay and the details have been kept tightly under wraps.
Goldblum co-starred in 1993’s Jurassic Park and the 1997 sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park as Dr. Ian Malcolm, a know-it-all mathematician who specializes in a branch of mathematics known as “Chaos Theory.” He was brought to Jurassic Park as a consultant for the park’s insurance.
He somehow survived the events of the first film, attempted to go public about his experience on Isla Nublar but was discredited by Hammond’s nephew, Peter Ludlow. He was ridiculed in the public media, and his University tenure was revoked. Summoned by an ill John Hammond, Malcolm was convinced to go on another adventure to Site B; a separate island where the dinosaurs were bred before being moved to the main island. While that sequel was not as good as the original film, Goldblum is one of the film’s highlights (alongside that cliff sequence). I’m extremely excited to see Goldblum back and hope it’s more than a one-scene cameo appearance.
I was able to get an exclusive comment from the film’s legendary producer Frank Marshall:
“I’m excited to have him back. The world has changed a lot since Ian Malcolm went to Jurassic Park and we need his point of view now more than ever. He told us about chaos theory, he was right.”
We’ve been told the second Jurassic World film will deal with animal cruelty and exploitation.
Last month, the filmmakers released the first official photo from the movie that showed a new character, a young girl named Lucy, looking at a museum-like collection of dinosaur skeletons. Even though we have a photo of the actress, we still don’t know her name. That speaks to how secretive this project has been. Many fans are speculating that the private dinosaur collection might be somehow connected to John Hammond.
Jurassic World 2 is set for June 22, 2018 release. Goldblum will next be seen in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, which hits theaters on November 3, 2017.
In Part 1, we considered a Harvard Business Review article about the influence of stories on the brain. My thoughts on the article:
For years, I’ve used the term audience identification. Something about your story, most particularly involving your Protagonist, must resonate with a reader. What that boils down to is creating a sense of empathy on the part of the reader with at least one of your central characters. If you do that, you shrink the distance between the reader and the story universe you are creating. Indeed, the reader can begin to live vicariously through the experiences of the Protagonist, the degree of empathy so strong as to pull the reader into the story.
It’s not enough to create empathy. Empathy does not necessarily translate into a compelling story. To do that, we need to craft a narrative that involves some sense of tension. You’ve heard the saying, “You can’t have good drama without conflict”? That is the same sentiment as what is at work here. There have to be problems to solve and obstacles to overcome in order for a narrative to create a sense of tension in a reader. Of course, the presence of this tension presupposes a resolution to it which in turn provides a sense of emotional satisfaction.
The intriguing thing here is that while we, as writers, are thinking about emotions and psychology, much of it apparently boils down to a chemical reaction in the brain.
That chemical is called Oxytocin. This discussion led me to another Harvard Business Review article: The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool.
It’s not often that you hear Budweiser and Shakespeare mentioned in the same breath. But according to new research from Johns Hopkins University, the Bard’s deft application of storytelling techniques featured prominently in the beer company’s Super Bowl commercial.
In “Puppy Love,” a perfectly adorable yellow lab becomes inseparable friends with a Clydesdale. Sneaking out of his pen, the pup and the horse “talk” in the stables and cavort on an idyllic farm –until someone comes to adopt the dog. The distressed puppy whines and places his paws against the window of the car set to take him to his new home. All seems lost until the Clydesdale rallies the other horses to stop the vehicle from leaving. Reunited, the two commence frolicking in the horse pasture and, we assume, live happily ever after.
Here is the commercial:
Currently at 53M+ views on YouTube, so clearly something at work here in terms of the story. But what?
If Keith Quesenberry were a betting man, he would have cleaned up. The researcher at Johns Hopkins predicted that the Budweiser spot would be a winner after conducting a two-year analysis of 108 Super Bowl commercials. In a paper that will be published in the Fall 2014 issue of The Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, Quesenberry and research partner Michael Coolsen focused on brands’ use of specific strategies to sell products, such as featuring cute animals or sexy celebrities. But they also coded the commercials for plot development.
They found that, regardless of the content of the ad, the structure of that content predicted its success. “People are attracted to stories,” Quesenberry tells me, “because we’re social creatures and we relate to other people.”
It’s no surprise. We humans have been communicating through stories for upwards of 20,000 years, back when our flat screens were cave walls.
“Especially in the Super Bowl, those 30-second ads are almost like mini movies,” he says. Quesenberry found that the ads that told a more complete story using Freytag’s Pyramid — a dramatic structure that can be traced back to Aristotle — were the most popular.
Shakespeare had mastered this structure, arranging his plays in five acts to include an exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and a dénouement — or final outcome. The “Best Buds” story also uses these elements to great effect. The more of the acts each version of the ad had, the better it performed.
Storytelling evokes a strong neurological response. Neuroeconomist Paul Zak‘s research indicates that our brains produce the stress hormone cortisol during the tense moments in a story, which allows us to focus, while the cute factor of the animals releases oxytocin, the feel-good chemical that promotes connection and empathy. Other neurological research tells us that a happy ending to a story triggers the limbic system, our brain’s reward center, to release dopamine which makes us feel more hopeful and optimistic.
We can now add Cortisol and Dopamine to Oxytocin, all chemical reactions in our brains related to storytelling. But to get there via a story, we have Freytag’s Pyramid. Looking at it, I still see three movements with concurrent chemical reactions:
Empathy [Oxytocin]: Establish a point of emotional resonance with characters. Tension [Cortisol]: Create a dilemma that arouses disunity. Release [Dopamine]: Resolve the dilemma that brings about unity.
Yet another way of looking at Three Act Structure.
Of course, this approach assumes we want to write a story that leaves people in a happy place. Obviously there are stories that do not do that. Which is, of course, completely fine.
However there is a reason why a vast majority of mainstream Hollywood movies have happy endings. Actually two reasons: Meet Mr. Dopamine and Ms. Oxytocin!
In Part 3, we delve into the science of a well-constructed plot.
Writing and the Creative Life is a weekly series in which we explore creativity from the practical to the psychological, the latest in brain science to a spiritual take on the subject. Hopefully the more we understand about our creative self, the better we will become as writers. If you have any good reading material in this vein, please post in comments. If you have a particular observation you think readers will benefit from and you would like to explore in a guest post, email me.
Trust us: you don’t really want a real life hoverboard — at least not in the first few iterations of the future tech.
Sure, you’ve probably been impatiently waiting for the day you’d finally be able to zoom above the pavement from the moment you saw Marty McFly defy the laws of gravity in Back to the Future Part II — but there’s more than just a crew of angry bullies that could make the practice IRL a bad and dangerous idea.
Your dream hoverboard would probably be a floating injury machine at first, with potentially sketchy internals, a super-high price tag, and a high level of skill needed just to take it for a spin. Read more…
Check out the full Bad Batch movie trailer for a look at the new feature from Ana Lily Amirpour
NEON has just released the full The Bad Batch movie trailer and, in the player at the bottom of this page, you can take a look at writer and director Ana Lily Amirpour‘s follow-up to her critically-acclaimed debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Produced by Annapurna Pictures and VICE Media, The Bad Batch movie hits in theaters June 23.
The Bad Batch moviecast includes Suki Waterhouse (Love, Rosie, The Divergent Series: Insurgent), Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Aquaman), Giovanni Ribisi (Ted, Sneaky Pete), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, Knock, Knock).
The Bad Batch follows Arlen (Waterhouse) as she is unceremoniously dumped in a Texas wasteland fenced off from civilized society. While trying to orient her unforgiving environment, she is captured by a savage band of cannibals and quickly realizes she’ll have to fight her way through her new reality. As Arlen adjusts to life in ‘the bad batch’ she discovers that being good or bad mostly depends on who you’re standing next to.
As she did with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Ana Lily Amirpour serves as writer, director and producer on The Bad Batch.
Poetry transcends reality in Ghanaian fantasy coffin doc ‘Paa Joe & the Lion.’
When English filmmaker and artist Ben Wigley set out to make a film about Paa Joe, he wanted it to be an intersection of documentary storytelling and poetry—fitting for someone who designs symbolic fantasy coffins for a living. What’s a fantasy coffin? If you’re a carpenter, have your coffin be a hammer. A filmmaker? Well, maybe this Nikon coffin. By combining experimental vérité filmmaking with abstract poetic sequences, Wigley ruminates on the role of art in feature documentary Paa Joe & the Lion.
Wigley sat down with No Film School after the SXSW premiere in the Visions section to talk about shooting in Ghana by yourself, makeshift duct-taped camera gear, and how most of the art we make revolves around life and death.
NFS: How would you describe the kind of documentary that you wanted to make in Paa Joe and The Lion?
Here’s a look at some of the movies and TV shows filming on location on Thursday, April 6, 2017: Filming in British Colombia TV Series: The Flash Stars: Grant Gustin Location: Central Park Credit: @pursuit23 Filming in California TV Series: NCIS: Los Angeles Stars: LL Cool J Location: 440 Seaton St, Los Angeles (6:00 AM – 10:00 PM) TV Series: The Last Tycoon Stars: Matt Bomer Location: The Lot Studio, Los Angeles Filming in Illinois Movie: Canal Street Stars: Clayne Crawford Location: 1340 N Damen Ave and 2100 W Potomac Ave, Chicago TV Series: Chicago PD Stars: Sophia Bush Location: 2700 W 16th ST, Chicago Movie: What They Had Stars: Michael Shannon Location: E 57th St, Chicago Movie: Captive State Stars: John Goodman Location: Soldier Field, Chicago Filming in New York Movie: Private Life Stars: Paul Giamiatti Location: Bowery and 2nd, NYC Credit: @Glenn_sccc TV Series: Divorce Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker Location: Park Ave and 51st St, NYC Credit: @ArtsCommented TV Series: Jessica Jones Stars: Krysten Ritter Location: W 45th St and 6th ave, NYC Credit: @kucksuelwhan TV Series: Law and Order: SVU Stars: Mariska Hargitay Location: Chelsea Piers, NYC Movie: Greatest Showman on Earth Stars: Hugh Jackman Location: W..
Denise Di Novi produced Crazy Stupid Love back in 2011, but that title could also work for her upcoming directorial debut, a psychological thriller called Unforgettable. Former rom-com queen Katherine Heigl plays a deranged woman who’s jealous of her ex-husband’s new fiancee Rosario Dawson, and she sets out to psychologically abuse his new lady in the hopes of getting her man back. Crazy? Check. Stupid? Check. Love? Misguided, but check. Watch the newest Unforgettable trailer below.Here’s the trailer:
This is much shorter than the first trailer, and I feel like it’s a little less coherent as a result. But it doesn’t take long to realize the game Heigl’s playing here, and this movie knows exactly what it’s trying to emulate. It shares DNA with thrillers like Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, and Obsession; films about a lover who takes things too far, with one party clearly more interested in keeping the flame alive than the other. Whether this one will be able to live up to those standards remains to be seen.
I do find it interesting that Heigl is taking on a role like this. She’s largely fallen off the Hollywood map after being anointed the heir apparent to Julia Roberts and starring in a string of successful romantic comedies between 2007 and 2011. She earned a reputation for being “difficult” to work with (it’s unclear whether that was warranted or not), but by taking a part like this, it appears as if she’s leaning into the critical perception of her. (Not unlike January Jones playing an ice queen in X-Men: First Class.) I’ve admittedly never been a huge fan of hers, but it takes some guts to make a move like that, and now I’m actually rooting for her to get back in the game. The only thing Hollywood loves more than building up and breaking down actors is a classic underdog story, so we’ll see if Heigl can pull it off.
Tessa Connover (Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson)—not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lily. Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.
Unforgettable opens in theaters on April 21, 2017.
Here’s a look at some of the movies and TV shows filming on location on Friday, March 31, 2017: Filming in California TV Series: Me. Myself, and I Stars: John Larroquette Location: 46 S Norton Ave, Los Angeles (7:00 AM – 10:00 PM) TV Series: Type A Stars: Eva Longoria Location: 255 S Hill St, Los Angeles (10:30 AM – 10:00 PM) TV Series: Unit Zero Stars: Toni Collette Location: 201 S. Plymouth Blvd, Los Angeles (7:00 AM – 10:00 PM) TV Series: Adam Ruins Everything Location: 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles (7:00 AM – 10:00 PM) TV Series: The Last Tycoon Stars: Matt Bomer Location: The Lot Studio, Los Angeles TV Series: NCIS: Los Angeles Stars: LL Cool J Location: Paramount Studios, Los Angeles Filming in Illinois TV Series: Chicago PD Stars: Sophia Bush Location:2144 W 23rd St, Chicago TV Series: Chicago Fire Stars: Taylor Kinney Location: 1360 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago (firehouse) TV Series: Chicago Med Stars: Torrey DeVitto Location: Diversity Pkwy and Orchard St, Chicago Credit: @AlieMarie77 Filming in New York TV Series: Law and Order: SVU Stars: Mariska Hargitay Location: Broadway and Chambers, NYC Credit: @tribecacitizen Movie: Greatest Showman on Earth Stars; Hugh Jackman Location:..
The former Paramount chief, whose biography ‘Leading Lady’ hits shelves April 25, opens up about the pain of reliving her mother’s death, what TV she’s bingeing (‘The Young Pope’), friends Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson and the mantra of her movies: «If someone screws you over, you have the right to get even.»