BTS Blog Archive

Direct Cinema
Those anticipating the release of Dostoyevsky Reimagined: The Making of Notes from the New World are likely serious fans of documentaries. Anyone new to the behind-the-scenes approach to documentary filmmaking may now be first discovering the incredible depth of...
Stepanchikovo-5
; Following the crickets that chirped in the wake of Uncle’s Dream, Dostoyevsky continued his foray into comedy, his determination to re-enter St Petersburg society unswayed, thankfully to all who admire Russian classics and VM Productions’ films. His next...
screenplays
There are a lot of screenplay contests out there. Why enter one? If you wrote a solid screenplay, submitting to as many contests as your budget permits makes sense. Winning, placing in the top three, even garnering an honorable...
записки-3
Spite – noun: 1. a desire to hurt, annoy, or offend someone.   Sympathy and empathy often draw a reader to the main character of a novel. Understandably, authors commonly cast their main characters in sympathetic lights. A main...
crowdfunding-concept-a-vector
Crowdfunding plays a big role in the independent film scene. Does crowdfunding present any value to someone simply looking to spice up a resume? Of course it does. Well-written articles published online discuss the resume-boosting benefit of running a...
Steampunk -3A
Is there such a creature as ‘Russian steampunk literature’? No rule exists barring someone from combining traditional Russian classics literary themes with steampunk sci-fi conventions. Maybe a creative “mashup” is in the works somewhere. If not, it should be....
double-2
Zen and existentialism appear to be bitterly opposite philosophies. At least that how perceptions appear to those who don’t delve deeply into either philosophies. Those perceptions do harm opinions about the philosophies. Zen theory suffers from the stereotypical depiction...
Night Haymarket 1862- William Powell Frith
I stumbled upon this book in a charity shop in England while looking for second-hand DVDs of film classics. I hadn’t known about its existence previously, but I was intrigued by the blurb. Actually, no, whatever the blurb had...
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Friedrich Nietzsche, one of the most esteemed (albeit easily misinterpreted) thinkers of all time, once referred to Fyodor Dostoyevsky as “the only psychologist from whom I’ve anything to learn.” This was, to be sure, long before Freud, whose first...