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Don’t be afraid. Get to the roots of your story

July 31, 2014

Don’t be afraid. Get to the roots of that draft so you can see how it wants to grow. #screenwriting http://ow.ly/i/6poAW

These are my index cards with every scene in the second draft of a screenplay I'm working on.

These are my index cards with every scene in the second draft of a screenplay I’m working on.

Lightfield photography – inviting viewers to touch your pictures

April 4, 2014

I’m a filmmaker and photographer. As such, I’m a sucker for gadgets and new technologies.

The idea of “lightfield” photographs that capture light in multiple dimensions (a very inadequate technical description) is intriguing to me. The basic deal is that you can share photographs that can be refocused by a viewer to reveal different parts of an image.

I just bought a Lytro camera and am now hooked on thinking of ways to tell interesting visual stories in single frames. Here’s one of my first attempts, a simple image of a couple of figurines my wife collects of mothers and children.

You can click on the image to shift the focus point. You can also click and drag on the image and it shows a tiny perspective shift. Kinda cool.

Streaming video to mobiles with very lim

May 13, 2013

Streaming video to mobiles with very limited bandwidth? Looking at Africa. http://ow.ly/kYAx5 #mobmin

“She looked for love, and then…” – New Web Clip

April 26, 2013

In a place where young people aren’t allowed to meet face-to-face, relationships can be risky. I just finished this new web clip for Arab World Media. It’s a light-hearted, cautionary tale about ‘phone dating.’

Here’s a link to one of the Arabic-language pages where it’s embedded at Maarifa.org

Or, you can watch the English version here:

“She looked for love, and then…” — English version from Tom Khazoyan on Vimeo.

Won’t you take the time to listen to th

March 1, 2013

Won’t you take the time to listen to the Yanomamö themselves, instead of anthropologists? #yanomami #chagnon http://ow.ly/i9KMi

In my distraction over the #Oscars, I ne

February 25, 2013

In my distraction over the #Oscars, I nearly forgot what I really care about. Things like: http://ow.ly/i2QYF @uprisingofwomen

Zero Dark Thirty: A Tale of Bias and Burqas

February 25, 2013

As a filmmaker passionate to cross-cultural stories and also dedicated to crafting authentic stories that present accurate depictions of culture, this article is a great caution for me. While I think of myself as one who values other voices and hates simple stereotypes, I’m sure I am guilty of falling into the same traps. I am, after all, tremendously influenced by my own culture, religion, and upbringing. As much as I may intellectually value other voices, it is exceedingly difficult for me to recognize the impact of my own inner biases when I am creating stories. I may really be committed to presenting authentic points of view, but I have to acknowledge that I often can’t see the impact of my biases.

Here’s what this author says about the portrayal of Muslim women in two Oscar celebrated American films.

Zero Dark Thirty and Argo have twelve Oscar nods between them. There has been much heated discussion on their portrayal of Muslims and how much of it ought to be excused do to artistic message. In the end, though, their many accolades serve as one more example of anti-Muslim women dialogues in Western society being fervently rewarded.

Read the whole article here, from Patheos: Zero Dark Thirty: A Tale of Bias and Burqas.

What can we, as storytellers, do to avoid biased and inaccurate (perhaps offensive) portrayals of others in our films?