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Reading Material

I’ve been gearing up for the next TAPA Networking Event (Saturday, March 31st, mark your calendar!). We’ve got some guests lined up, including an Academy Award-nominated animation director. Names and location will be announced as soon as everything is finalized.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share some stuff from around the internet that I’m reading.

Forbes (I know, clickbait) has a great article titled The Key Lesson Hollywood Refuses To Learn, about how long the conventional wisdom on box office and movies with black leads has been wrong. Meanwhile, Engadget has one on the VFX failures of Black Panther. If you’re interested in getting into the effects business, you have to read that one.

I can’t really say enough about the wit and wisdom of Michael Taylor, the Hollywood Juicer. He’s retired now, but still has a lot to say. For starters, I’d recommend is two most recent posts, Dreaming is Free, and Sweat the Small Stuff. The perspective offered for those of us at the start of our careers is invaluable.

If you’re new in town and assumed it never rains in Southern California, I’m sorry I have some bad news for you today. So if you’re wondering what to do, check out this list from Curbed LA.

And since I’m writing a sci-fi script write now, I stumbled across this fascinating article about Moravec’s Paradox. Tl;dr: things that are really easy for humans to do, are really, really challenging for computers, and the inverse; many things that are hard or impossible for humans to do can be performed, at lightning speed by computers. But still, you should totally read it.

Last, a stroll down Wikipedia lane landed me on this page about Cicada 3301, which I’m sure will be optioned for a movie by the time you finish reading this sentence.

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