Hollywood and Blake Snyder’s screenwriting book, Save the Cat! – Slate Magazine.

How a single book on blockbuster screenwriting has taken over, uh, blockbusters. Sadly precise story beats, laid out to the minute. See them here.

So much more pernicious than Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, which I actually do respect.

I imagine it’s just a matter of time before someone does a multiframe overlay of different movies illustrating how all the beats really are synchronized.

I once mapped out a biographical museum based on the Hero’s Journey. It would be funny to see someone try to apply the Save the Cat! formula to other kinds of experiences, like fine dining (All is Lost) or office buildings (Dark Night of the Soul).

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Two interesting and deeply considered theories on how everything is related. At least, in their own universes:

The Pixar Theory | Jon Negroni.

The unified theory of Quentin Taratino’s movie universe

Someone once told me as an architect you’re only every working on one design your whole life. Every project is an iteration on the same idea, hopefully a better attempt than the last to express a single concept. I’ve thought about this a lot. During school it seemed like a superficial remark, as you can look at most student portfolios and notice a tendency to return to the same cool idea. But over the years I have seen it play out, even when the projects look nothing alike. I’m not surprised that the ethos of Pixar or the movie-solipsism of Tarantino are so cleanly teased out.

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Kit FUI.

I’m so glad this exists.

Fantasy User Interfaces, Fictional User Interfaces, Fake User Interfaces, Futuristic User Interfaces. Regardless of what the F stands for, they all represent the same thing, the user interfaces and heads up displays found in many popular movies and television shows.

Kit FUI is an IMDb-like database that makes it easy to find screenshots, videos and the designers of these FUIs.

What I love about fictional UI is that the primary direction is to look cool. This is what people want to see, a sexy complexity. Put this at the opposite end of the spectrum from Windows98 GUI.

Sometimes people want to look at things that are intimidating yet waiting to be controlled. The Bloomberg terminal interface comes to mind.

The only valid reason explaining why the Bloomberg design will not change is the behavior of its users. Users who favor complexity and clutter over efficiency and clarity to sustain a fictive status symbol.

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