The Notebook: Issue 26

Welcome to the March 2020 issue of ‘The Notebook’.

This is a list of books, movies, blog posts, interviews, video clips and other stuff I find interesting and worth sharing.

I hope you’ll like some of the stuff I am sharing.

If you have any feedback, please drop me a line.

Here it goes…


A Book Worth Sharing:

Interstellar: The Official Movie Novelization” by Greg Keyes

I have watched the film.

Read the first draft of the screenplay (Which is very different from the final version). 

Read the final version of the screenplay

And then read the book.

Remember it’s a novel adapted from an original screenplay. 

It’s beautifully written and unputdownable.

If you like the film then read the novel. 

It will not disappoint you.

 
A Movie Worth Sharing:

Spring Breakers” by Harmony Korine

Spring Breakers
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I have watched only one Harmony Korine film. 

I loved it so much that I went through his many interviews on the film. 

And I found something very interesting… what he calls “Liquid Narrative”…

“I wanted the movie to feel like they go through you, like they change you in some way. It’s not even a question of whether you like or don’t like, it’s more as if something’s happened to you. It’s like a lived experience, and it’s something maybe that hits you afterwards in some way that you weren’t expecting.” – Harmony Korine

Read the complete interview here


An Idea Worth Sharing:

“We Made the Coronavirus Epidemic” – It may have started with a bat in a cave, but human activity set it loose.

“We invade tropical forests and other wild landscapes, which harbor so many species of animals and plants — and within those creatures, so many unknown viruses. We cut the trees; we kill the animals or cage them and send them to markets. We disrupt ecosystems, and we shake viruses loose from their natural hosts. When that happens, they need a new host. Often, we are it.”

Read the complete article here

A Quote Worth Sharing:

“Creativity is not about creating a painting, novel or house but creating yourself ” – Rod Judkins


Random Stuff: 

Inside the House From Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” 

In this wonderful article, Production Designer Lee Ha Jun and the Director Bong Joon Ho share the secrets of creating the amazing sets of “Parasite”. 

Here’s an excerpt from the article…

“In order to get it right, production designer Lee Ha Jun visited and photographed empty towns that were set to be torn down, and then copied them as he built the Kim family’s crowded street and cramped, cluttered apartment on a set…

Lee also spun intricate backstories for the many fictional neighbors, which informed the props littering the fake street. “One particular house is owned by an old lady who sends her children to cities to collect reusable garbage to make a living,” says the designer. “Her back is so bent that she uses a stroller to collect paper recycling—so in front of her house is a stroller full of old paper.” Other characters on the block include a shaman and someone Lee describes as an “unemployed wannabe YouTuber.” The result is quite realistic. “Even Korean audiences didn’t realize they were built [on a set],” says Bong.”

Read the complete article here

Thanks for reading.

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