The Writer Automaton

Looking for some inspirational writing films on Google videos the other day I came across this short film. It features a writing automaton called The Writer  created in the 1770s by one of the greatest Swiss watchmakers of all time – Pierre Jaquet-Droz.

The narration is exceptionally eloquent and thought-provoking. I love the idea Jaquet-Droz was attempting to “mechanise reason and automate the passions” and that “all his energy was inside him,” in the shape of more than six thousand miniature components. By changing the alphabet at the back of the boy, he can be “programmed” to write anything.

The writer was the inspiration for the automaton in the 2011 3D film Hugo based on Brian Selznick’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Just imagine if the boy could really write…

Stand By Me Video – Inspirational Stuff!

I know this is not a 'writing' or 'ghostwriting' topic, but it is all about creativity and sharing and what that can achieve. This inspirational video was sent to me this morning and is part of the project Playing For Change (fabulous double meaning in that name as you will see!)


The Power of the Right Words

I thougt you would like to see this very short film. I was sent a link to it the other day and have just watched it. It's only 5 minutes long but will bring a tear to your eye. Why am I posting it on here? Because this site is about, amongst other things, getting your message across. This encapsulates that concept perfectly.

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