Garbo and Jawlensky

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At Christies in May

Alexej Georgewitsch von Jawlensky (Russian: Алексей Георгиевич Явленский) (13 March 1864 – 15 March 1941) was a Russian expressionist painter active in Germany. He was a key member of the New Munich Artist’s Association (Neue Künstlervereinigung München), Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) group and later the Die Blaue Vier (The Blue Four).

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Greta Garbo in Ninotchka


Greta Garbo was Swedish!

The Golden Years

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Golden Years (also referred to as Stephen King’s Golden Years) is an American television miniseries that aired in seven parts on CBS in 1991. (more)

It is available on two DVDs now.


Plot summary:

“[There is an] explosion in the most secret laboratory of the USA. The old janitor Harlan Williams is incubated by totally unknown chemicals. Now he changes and becomes younger instead of older. The government is interested in finding out everything about this changes and hunts the fugitive Harlan. A hunt across the USA starts.” (imdb)

This movie is flawed in so many ways, but if you like Stephen King’s work—you’ll like it.

It contains shooting violence and is NOT for children, but it’s not horror. It’s more of a thriller.

Here’s more on youtube.

Also, the great theme song is David Bowie‘s “Golden Years.”



A Film to Watch: Mostly Martha

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Martha Klein (Martina Gedeck) is a chef at Lido, a gourmet restaurant in Hamburg, Germany. A perfectionist who lives only for her work, Martha has difficulty relating to the world other than through food.

Also, starring the charming Sergio Castellitto.

Mostly Martha (original German title: Bella Martha) is a 2001 German romantic comedy . . .  (wiki)

Watch the trailer or the whole movie on youtube.

It’s in German— watch it with subtitles on Amazon.

Today’s Assignment: Watch Mostly Martha. You won’t regret it.


For Film and Novel: Point of View in Your Story (board)

One of the major goals when creating a storyboard is to analyze P.O.V.

(point of view)

In a film: logical details included in a scene provide information to the audience.

In a written story: details given should also be logical and plausible to the reader.

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More from here.

Consideration of the characters’ cone of vision applies to both film and novel storyboards.

When creating a storyboard for a novel or written work, it is not necessary to create graphics (unless you want to.)

Today’s Assignment:

1. Take a look at this article from

Note the use of the word chiaroscuro.

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Generally the term chiaroscuro refers to visual light and dark, however, in the

written word, writers should ensure that all characters possess some

characteristics of lightness and darkness (goodness and not-so-goodness.)

2. Write down a blurb about each scene/chapter in your novel. Indicate which character’s point-of-view the reader is sharing. (Perhaps different colored sticky notes will help you with this.)

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Above you see a sticky-note storyboard with each color showing a plot thread

from Erica Ridley. (Thanks, Erica!)

3. It is not necessary to use sticky-notes. A storyboard for your novel can simply be a written list. This list should give the following information:

Chapter and name

Whose point-of-view does the reader share for this chapter?

Briefly, what is happening in this scene/chapter?

Indicate the energy/action of each chapter. Is the character happy or sad at the beginning of the chapter? What is that same character’s situation at the end of the chapter?

Is it plausible? (Some suspension of disbelief is allowed in fiction.)

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