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The power of film

12 visionary creators and curators — from Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood — talk about how to make movie magic.

  1. 14:21
    Jon M. Chu The pride and power of representation in film

    On the heels of the breakout success of his film "Crazy Rich Asians," director Jon M. Chu reflects on what drives him to create — and makes a resounding case for the power of connection and on-screen representation.

  2. 19:16
    Andrew Stanton The clues to 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 ... (Note: this talk is not available for download.)

  3. 12:19
    Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy How film transforms the way we see the world

    Film has the power to change the way we think about ourselves and our culture. Documentarian and TED Fellow Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy uses it to fight violence against women, turning her camera on the tradition of honor killings in Pakistan. In a stirring talk, she shares how she took her Oscar-winning film on the road in a mobile cinema, visiting small towns and villages across Pakistan — and shifting the dynamics between women, men and society, one screening at a time.

  4. 16:20
    Franklin Leonard How I accidentally changed the way movies get made

    How does Hollywood choose what stories get told on-screen? Too often, it's groupthink informed by a narrow set of ideas about what sells at the box office. As a producer, Franklin Leonard saw too many great screenplays never get made because they didn't fit the mold. So he started the Black List, an anonymous email that shared his favorite screenplays and asked: Why aren't we making these movies? Learn the origin story of some of your favorite films with this fascinating insider view of the movie business.

  5. 16:27
    Rob Legato The art of creating awe

    Rob Legato creates movie effects so good they (sometimes) trump the real thing. In this warm and funny talk, he shares his vision for enhancing reality on-screen in movies like Apollo 13, Titanic and Hugo.

  6. 12:04
    Danielle Feinberg The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life

    Danielle Feinberg, Pixar's director of photography, creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code. Go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more, and discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastic worlds where the things you imagine can become real. This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Science & Wonder."

  7. 18:02
    J.J. Abrams The mystery box

    J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that's evident in his films and TV shows, including Lost, Star Trek and the upcoming Star Wars VII — back to its magical beginnings.

  8. 5:56
    Nanfu Wang What it was like to grow up under China's one-child policy

    China's one-child policy ended in 2015, but we're just beginning to understand what it was like to live under the program, says TED Fellow and documentary filmmaker Nanfu Wang. With footage from her film "One Child Nation," she shares untold stories that reveal the policy's complex consequences and expose the creeping power of propaganda.

  9. 18:28
    Julie Taymor Spider-Man, The Lion King and life on the creative edge

    Showing spectacular clips from productions such as Frida, The Tempest and The Lion King, director Julie Taymor describes a life spent immersed in theater and the movies. Filmed right as controversy over her Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was at its peak, she candidly describes the tensions inherent within her creative process, as she strives both to capture the essence of a story—and produce images and experiences unlike anything else.

  10. 13:12
    Beeban Kidron The shared wonder of film

    Movies have the power to create a shared narrative experience and to shape memories and worldviews. British film director Beeban Kidron invokes iconic film scenes — from Miracle in Milan to Boyz n the Hood — as she shows how her group FILMCLUB shares great films with kids.

  11. 17:08
    James Cameron Before Avatar ... a curious boy

    James Cameron's big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic — from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving — and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits "Aliens," "The Terminator," "Titanic" and "Avatar."

  12. 20:51
    Reed Hastings How Netflix changed entertainment — and where it's headed

    Netflix changed the world of entertainment — first with DVD-by-mail, then with streaming media and then again with sensational original shows like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Stranger Things" — but not without taking its fair share of risks. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings discusses the company's bold internal culture, the powerful algorithm that fuels their recommendations, the $8 billion worth of content they're investing in this year and his philanthropic pursuits supporting innovative education, among much more.

  13. 21:14
    Shekhar Kapur We are the stories we tell ourselves

    Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.

  14. 18:07
    Ed Ulbrich How Benjamin Button got his face

    Ed Ulbrich, the digital-effects guru from Digital Domain, explains the Oscar-winning technology that allowed his team to digitally create the older versions of Brad Pitt's face for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

  15. 17:36
    Deborah Scranton An Iraq war movie crowd-sourced from soldiers

    Filmmaker Deborah Scranton talks about and shows clips from her documentary The War Tapes, which puts cameras in the hands of soldiers fighting in Iraq.

  16. 17:34
    Franco Sacchi A tour of Nollywood, Nigeria's booming film industry

    Zambia-born filmmaker Franco Sacchi tours us through Nollywood, Nigeria's booming film industry (the world's 3rd largest). Guerrilla filmmaking and brilliance under pressure from crews that can shoot a full-length feature in a week.

  17. 25:38
    Jehane Noujaim My wish: A global day of film

    Jehane Noujaim unveils her 2006 TED Prize wish: to bring the world together for one day a year through the power of film.