Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 026

Patronus Charm – By Ben Clemmer. I promise that by the end of this blog post the picture at the top will make sense. Also, SPOILER ALERT for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but that feels somewhat unnecessary.  This past spring semester, I taught a speech class. In one of our earlier blogs,Continue reading “Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 026”

Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 025

Lets Talk: An open consideration – By Stephen Stachofsky. With the birth of my second son looming close on the horizon*, I am thrown into a mental state that I find very difficult to describe. I am here listening to music in my office, in my house, in my town, in my state, at aContinue reading “Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 025”

Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 024

Under Pressure – By Ben Clemmer. There’s a quote from Robert McKee that has come up several times in these blogs, “true character is revealed in the decisions a human being makes under pressure.” I’m up against something of a recency bias here, but my character in a D&D campaign just had one of theseContinue reading “Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 024”

Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 023

Lets Talk: The best we ever had of “The Galaxy Far, Far, Away” – By Stephen Stachofsky. After the release of The Return of the Jedi, Star Wars fans never had it better. In the 16 years before The Phantom Menace hit theaters the Star Wars Expanded Universe exploded, and in the decade after asContinue reading “Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 023”

Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 022

Thoughts On Batman After Watching The Snyder Cut – By Ben Clemmer. What I’m about to say is not a new idea, but it is one that has been thrown around every time a new Batman movie comes out. It feels like the creators of Batman films, or films featuring the character, have read theContinue reading “Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 022”

Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 021

A Game I’ll Always Remember – By Ben Clemmer. From the title, I couldn’t blame you if you came into this with some expectation I’d talk about the matchup between Gonzaga and UCLA from this past Saturday. I have grown up as a fan of college basketball and even had some good luck in bracketContinue reading “Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 021”

Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 020

Paying Attention – By Ben Clemmer. A few blog posts back, I wrote about starting to teach a COMM 121 class at my alma mater. One thing I have regularly attempted to expose my students to is TED. I’ve pulled in talks dealing with everything from procrastination to being a better listener. I’ve shown talksContinue reading “Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 020”

Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 019

Let’s Talk: You Have To Learn The Rules To Break Them – By Ben Clemmer. I am often blown away by the design that goes into tabletop games. I say design with the intention of applying a couple of different definitions. The first is the beauty of the components of the game. The detail thatContinue reading “Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 019”

Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 018

Let’s Talk: Just Turn The Difficulty Down – By Stephen Stachofsky. I’ve covered everything now from movies, to D&D, to music. I am now about to rant a little on video games. I have been gaming for a long time. I remember playing the first Call of Duty, and thinking that the old Medal ofContinue reading “Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 018”

Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 017

Let’s Talk: DC Comics On Film – Elseworlds Part 3 – By Ben Clemmer. To start this one out, I should mention that I have one more short movie treatment in me before I need to pause this exercise for longer than the break I’ve already taken. As I look ahead, there’s a few filmsContinue reading “Storytelling Breakdown Blog Entry 017”