Wednesday, November 14, 2012

NoirCon 2012 Keynote Address Robert Olen Butler

Here is an excerpt of Robert Olen Butler's Keynote Address from NoirCon 2012. 


Recorded Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia, PA.

This Keynote Address was delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler. His speech centered around the tools of narrative, and the shared language mechanics of literature and film. Comparing examples from Sam Peckinpah, Charles Dickens, Dashiell Hammett, The Bible (The Book of Judges), and The Matrix, Butler shows how the core concepts of slow-motion, establishing shots, visual movement, and montage are not just cinematic components, but the basic building blocks of storytelling. Butler concluded his address by expressing how "The intellectual electricity in this room is wonderful." He was dead-on. One of the things that makes NoirCon so wonderful is that it isn't just a writer's conference, or a gathering of fans, or a reading series, or an academic conference -- there's a little bit of each of those, but they add up to something much greater. Passion and community, as much as creativity and scholarship, form the crux of NoirCon. Its relatively small size (about 100 people), and welcoming and supportive atmosphere, mean that everyone gets to meet each other, and there's no pretensions to make anyone feel left out. It's a remarkably open atmosphere, and a great place to meet people and have genuine conversations.

2 comments:

  1. Will have to try to get back to listen to this this evening.

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  2. Cullen, you are the ultimate chronicler. We are all fortunate to have you with us. Thank you.

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