The Writer Behind “Dark Night” and “Man of Steel” On Multitasking, Meditation, And Using Your Good Ideas.
David S. Goyer, the writer behind “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Man of Steel,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and the new Starz series “Da Vinci’s Demons,” credits a rigorous schedule and daily meditation with his multitasking successes.
Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, conceived of the helicopter and developed a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics (among many other things), making him one of the most famous figures in history. And yet we know surprisingly little about the Renaissance Man—all of which makes him ideal fodder for historical fiction.
Da Vinci is just the kind of superhuman figure that David S. Goyer relishes. The screenwriter who crafted the Dark Knight movies (he cowrote that trilogy with director Christopher Nolan) and Man of Steel (the upcoming reboot of the Superman mythology, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Nolan) has created Da Vinci’s Demons, a new series debuting this week on Starz.
Goyer is no slouch himself. The last TV show he created was the one-season ABC series FlashForward; he has directed movies, including Blade: Trinity and Zig Zag; he’s written two novels and he developed the story for the wildly successful videogames Call of Duty: Black Ops Iand II.
In a tightly scheduled 15 minutes, Co.Create asked the master multitasker how he manages it all and how he balances the expectations of die-hard fans with his own creative vision. Naturally, we couldn’t help squeezing in a question or two about the much-awaited Man of Steel.
- Stick to a rigorous schedule- unless Zack Snyder calls.
- If you have a good idea, don’t save it. Use it.
- Help a director out.
- Find the hole in the history.
- Embrace Reinvention.
starting the day off with @madcapcofffee and Monocle. Trevor just placed third in the national barista competition. Dude was robbed. (at Canvas Co-Working)
“If you hire, train, and manage correctly, you’ll have someone who is better than you are. If they’re not, you haven’t done your job,” shared Chef Thomas Keller at Monday’s Stanford GSB View From The Top Series talk. Read the top leadership insights from Chef Keller on Twitter: http://stnfd.biz/jVQqS
A great leadership and management tip from one of the a world renowned chefs and restauranteurs courtesy of Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Dan Pallotta’s new TED talk criticizing charity systems is great stuff. “The way we think about charity is dead wrong.”Why you should listen to him:
“The nonprofit sector is critical to our dream of changing the world. Yet there is no greater injustice than the double standard that exists between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. One gets to feast on marketing, risk-taking, capital and financial incentive, the other is sentenced to begging,” Dan Pallotta says in discussing his latest book, Charity Case. This economic starvation of our nonprofits is why he believes we are not moving the needle on great social problems. “My goal … is to fundamentally transform the way the public thinks about charity within 10 years.”
Pallotta is best known for creating the multi-day charitable event industry, and a new generation of citizen philanthropists with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Day events, which raised $582 million in nine years. He is president of Advertising for Humanity, which helps foundations and philanthropists transform the growth potential of their favorite grantees.“He liberates charity from its Puritan constraints and cogently attaches it to entrepreneurship.” - Gary Hart
But how to implement his solutions?
The more you know…
Leading app analytics company Distimo, have released their March 2013 report focusing on how app developers are making money in the extremely crowded app marketplace.
The major take-away from this report was that In-App Purchases (IAP) are an unstoppable monetization strategy for apps. In fact, in-app purchases generated a record 76% of all revenue in the Apple App Store for iPhone in the US in February.
Distimo used their own products to analyze the Top 250 Grossing App chart in the US to come to their conclusions in this report. Some other interesting data points include:
- Of the 250 apps in the chart, 68% (170) were free with IAP and 53 or 21% were paid with IAP and the rest are paid only
- Regardless of the business model the Average Revenue Per Download (ARPD) was $0.99
- ARPD for Paid apps only was $2.25
- Paid apps with IAP had an ARPD of $2.46
- Free apps with IAP had the lowest ARPD at $0.93
Download the full report at http://www.distimo.com/publications