This is such a wonderful article in the New York Times which explores not only the magic shop of Bad Robot but also the whizbang legerdemain of an exciting filmmaker on the cusp of releasing his most personal work to-date, Super 8.
The most illuminating fact I came away with was that J.J. Abrams attended Sarah Lawrence College, also the alma mater of Dr. Joseph Campbell. Campbell’s exploration of mythology (most famously in The Hero With A Thousand Faces, and The Power of Myth) is one of the touchstones of my storytelling insights. I imagine Abrams walking the same halls as the good doctor and, perhaps, perusing any special shrines or collections the college may have of Campbell.
For all I know, none of that happened but, as the ‘mystery box’ marketing machine of Super 8 lures us into theatres, I like to think that it did. And that, when the box is finally opened, I can truly mark J.J. Abrams down as one of my heroes of storycraft.
- Read the full article in The New York Times online.
- Read an interview (Empire online) with Spielberg and Abrams about Super 8.
- Read a thesis-length article decoding the riddle of LOST and its relation to Joseph Campbell, by Mystimus.