A great story about how to tell a great story

Filmmaker Andrew Stanton (“Toy Story,” “WALL-E”) shares what he knows about storytelling — starting at the end and working back to the beginning. (Contains graphic language …)


Rest in peace, Crystal Gomes. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends

Born in Auburn, N.Y., Ms. Gomes moved to Saco with her family in 1997.

In 2001, Ms. Gomes graduated with high honors from Thornton Academy, where she acted in a number of school plays.

After high school, she enrolled at Boston College, graduating in the top 5 percent of her class in 2005 with a degree in theater arts. She wrote the scripts for several college plays.

After graduation, Ms. Gomes worked in advertising sales support for Time Inc., including Fortune and Money magazines in Boston.

While at Carnegie Mellon — the master’s program entails three years of study — Ms. Gomes did theater and opera costume design for the Pittsburgh Opera.

Ms. Gomes designed all the costumes that were used in Carnegie Mellon’s 2010 production of “Richard III.”

She earned her master of fine arts degree in costume design from Carnegie Mellon in 2011.

In recent years, she also had the opportunity to work on a few movies, including a job as production assistant on “The Next Three Days,” a 2010 movie starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks.

Her latest job, as a production assistant for Magnus Rex Production Co., took her to Los Angeles where she worked on the new Batman movie — “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Crystal Marie Gomes, 28, was just beginning to realize her potential in the performing arts field when the former Saco resident and Thornton Academy graduate left this world.

Her doctors said she appears to have suffered a heart attack.

You will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Her official website features her portfolio, do check it out http://www.crystalgomes.com

Ad Legends Re-Imagine Iconic TV Messages For Digital Web – Google’s ad Project Re:Brief

Google is championing a project that asks a very interesting thought-provoking question about classic advertising and answers it with an enlightening and charming series. The project is called, “Project Re: Brief” and asks how the originators of some the greatest, most memorable iconic advertising in history might “Re-imagine” the same idea after forty years and apply it to today’s audiences using today’s digital marketing tools.

Directed by Doug Pray, and the same team who joined him to make the Emmy-Award-winning film and PBS hit “Art & Copy,” Project Re: Brief is a film that aims to shake up the ad industry and inspire new ways of thinking. While shifting formats and media platforms is one thing, as we learn from our heroes of the past, the basic tenets of human storytelling haven’t changed.

Meet Mark Goffeney.If you love music and life, you’ll love this man

Born in San Diego, Goffeney was raised in a musical family. By age nine he was attempting to create his own music despite his handicap, but choosing an instrument proved to be a challenge. For a while he played trombone in the school band, and then his father brought home an old guitar he had found at a garbage dump.

With his friend’s help, Goffeney developed his own technique, learning guitar and bass. He would lay the guitar on the ground, supporting the neck with whatever he could get his feet on. He would strum with his left foot and make chords with his right.

Years later, Mark Goffeney has released an album and is also the singer/Guitarist for The Big toe band.

playing Red Hot Chili Peppers

Fade to Black from Metallica

Want to connect with Mark? Check this facebook fanpage or email him at mark@markgoffeney.com