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NASA’s 24 Most Stunning Photos Of The Solar System

The Planets contains the best and most significant NASA photos of our solar system neighbors.<p>I love the Solar System, the little neighborhood of our tiny pale blue dot. I dream about how human exploration might shape it–from floating colonies on Venus to magnificent cities under the surface of Mars …

Astronomy

Storytelling Master Robert McKee Discusses Story, Writing Philosophy and Screenwriting

<i>This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

Writing

To Get Better at Lighting, See Light Through the Eyes of a Cinematographer

Almost everything I do as a photographer comes back to this challenge: seeing light as a cinematographer would on set. I was recently reminded of …

Cinematography

Maureen Corrigan's Best Books Of 2015: Short(ish) Books That Pack A Big Punch

This year, most of the best stories I read came in small-ish packages. Many books that were either big in size — like Garth Risk Hallberg's over-900-page opus, City on Fire,and Jonathan Franzen's 500-plus page Purity — ended up being just "OK." The same, in my opinion, went for some books that …

Books

'Realism isn't important': the man who photographed India – without any Indians

Sweater vests, 70s hair, lightning bolts … Olivier Culmann has plotted trends in Indian portraiture – without snapping a single local. Instead, he poses himself and darkens his skin with filters. Is it social commentary, or an off-colour joke?<p>“Photography takes itself too seriously,” says Olivier …

Black & White Photography

Improve Your Photography Skills with These 9 Photo Composition Tips by Steve McCurry

Looking to up your photography game? Luckily, the Cooperative of Photography has created a fantastic video on photographic composition using tips and images by legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry. Each of the nine pointers is illustrated with examples from McCurry's stunning portfolio. Read on …

Photography

The 3 Best Films From the 2015 Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase

CANNES, France—Saatchi & Saatchi celebrated the 25th anniversary of its esteemed New Directors' Showcase here Thursday morning with a screening of 14 …

Advertising Industry

Mental Floss

MENTAL FLOSS STUDIOS<p>Holidays<p>Make a heart box<p>Holidays<p>Make a heart box<p>Food<p>How to make chocolates<p>Food<p>How to make chocolates<p>Language<p>13 Little-Known …

129 Of The Most Beautiful Shots In Movie History

A visual essay on spectacular cinematography.<p>H/T cinematicpaintings.com, this Reddit thread, and this other Reddit thread.

The First and Final Frames of Famous Films Can Teach Us a Lot about Good Filmmaking

A single frame is rarely more important than all of the others in a film, but the first and last can leave one hell of an impression.<p>In a brand new …

5 Books That Will Improve Your Writing

Remove the fanfare and most writing advice boils down to read more, write more, and get better feedback.<p>Let's talk about that first one. If writing is output, reading is often the most important input. You'll understand what makes Hemingway's writing exceptional (or overrated) by reading his books, …

Writing

9 Spooky YA Reads (And One Bonus Adult Book!) for Halloween

If, like me, you will be spending tonight collapsed on the couch after a 60-hour work week, crossing your fingers that no one will come to your door and curling up (FINALLY!) with a book, you can still get into the spooky spirit. Whether you're picking these up at your local independent bookstore …

Books

CREEPY CORNER: Gaze Upon These Cursed Paintings...If You Dare

I couldn't write Creepy Corner if I didn't have some creepy friends.<p>One summer I looked after my friend Anne's cat for a week while she was visiting her family. When I went to her apartment to get the low-down on how to care for her kitty, I noticed she had some new art in her fanciful, …

Art

The Ways We Keep Ourselves From Who We Really Are

It’s almost impossible to let who we truly are come through. We gather up this evidence from other people about who we are. We mirror ourselves based …

6-Word Story Contest: The Shortlisters & Winner

We recently ran the Magic Oxygen 6-Word Story Contest and received an absolutely splendid response.<p>As mentioned in our previous post, we had 1,722 …

101 Creative Writing Exercises

<i>101 Creative Writing Exercises</i> takes you on an adventure through the world of creative writing.<p>Packed with fun and practical tools, techniques, and …

Creative Writing

13 Pin-Worthy Quotes That Perfectly Capture Wanderlust

The urge to travel has a certain hard-to-explain quality. Better known as wanderlust, the feeling drives everything from solo retreats to explorations of uncharted lands.<p>Hence, we're always grateful when someone uses words to define the travel bug in our souls. The philosophers of yore -- and the …

Travel