May the forest be with you.

After 25 years, the show that was more than a decade ahead of its time; that cleared the path for all of the darkly ambitious series to follow (e.g. X-Files, Lost, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, et al.); that proved that TV could be as engaging and immersive as film ... that show is rising from the ashes!

Showtime announced yesterday that Twin Peaks will be returning to TV in 2016 with a nine episode season. What has me so excited is that this isn’t your typical attempt at a tired Hollywood rehash. Instead, the show’s original creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, are driving this revival, with the duo writing all nine episodes and Lynch directing the full slate. Here’s a brief—and fittingly cryptic—video that accompanied the announcement...

Freed from the constraints of broadcast television, this new Twin Peaks has the potential to be dark, surreal and challenging to a degree that the original, which aired on ABC, simply couldn’t approach. Hinting at the delicious weirdness to come, Lynch and Frost were quoted as follows in Showtime’s statement:

“The mysterious and special world of Twin Peaks is pulling us back. We’re very excited. May the forest be with you.”

And it looks like original series star Kyle MacLachlan is on board to reprise his role as FBI agent, Dale Cooper:

If you’ve never seen Twin Peaks, both seasons of the original series are available on Netflix streaming. And, if it seems a bit stilted compared to contemporary TV, try to remember that the show debuted in 1990: the same year that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Beverly Hills, 90210 started their network runs (talk about throwbacks!).

Within the span of a few weeks, both and Twin Peaks announce their returns from the void. Coincidence, or is it the owls?

Do sweat the technique

Have you ever wondered why you love films by a particular director? That question popped into my head after watching David Fincher’s excellent Gone Girl earlier today.

I wouldn’t say that I’m the kind of person who revels in the dark or foreboding aspects of the human condition (I wasn’t one of the goth kids in high school). And yet, I absolutely love David Fincher’s films, including the very dark Se7en and the perhaps even more sinister Zodiac.

The stories our favored directors choose to tell certainly play a role in the cultivation of our attachments, but, with all due respect to Messrs. Eric B & Rakim, I’ve come to believe that the way they choose to tell their stories—their particular applications of technique—are just as important. So I was very excited when I came across the video embedded below, which provides an insightful analysis of the techniques that contribute to David Fincher’s distinctive and arresting style of storytelling.

I love Fincher’s own observation that his style is defined not by what he does, but by those things that he chooses not to do. Very Zen, and, as a follower of the tech industry, it reminded me of Apple’s approach to product creation, i.e. “a thousand no’s for every yes.”

Note that this video was created by an independent filmmaker and editor named Tony Zhou, who maintains a fantastic blog called Every Frame a Painting. If you enjoyed this piece, make sure to check out Zhou’s other videos or, better yet, contribute to his work.

BTW, there is something of a sneaker connection here in that Fincher has directed a number of spots for Nike on behalf of my former mates at Wieden+Kennedy. My favorites are the wonderfully evocative Speed Chain from 2004 and the uncharacteristically upbeat Instant Karma from way back in 1993. 

(via Kottke