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April 20 at 10:30am

Brainstorming A Good Idea With A Couple Of Chums

“ in 1978, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and the screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan worked through an idea…”

If you weren’t in the room, here’s your chance to read how it was done. [...]


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April 18 at 8:30am

What Is That Sense Of Place You Loved Back Then?

Remember those places you loved? The ones you wanted to return to some day? What did they have in common? What were the details they shared? Are any of those aspects around you now? Forget about the tourist sites, but what are the favorite places you’ve been to?

1) I miss my treehouse only 12 ft off the ground but there I was king and had escaped from it all (even if it had yet to begin).
2)We had a pine grove behind where I grew up where the trees were tall and straight and all in a line and [...]


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October 3 at 4:00pm

Right vs. Wrong (Re: Writing & Screenwriting)


“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”

- Neil Gaiman (via Brainpickings).

Read Neil Gaiman’s Full 8 Tips on Writing here.


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September 2 at 10:00am

Video Essay: Kubrick & One-Point Perspective


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July 28 at 10:30am

Movie Cliches 101: Plagiarizing Yourself

If there are only six good stories — or is it twelve? twenty-three? forty-two? — how many good lines are there?  Clearly Aaron Sorkin thinks there is a limited supply.  Write something good once, might as well write it again, right?  

It’s been out and around for awhile but I still find “Sorkinisms — A Supercut” kind of remarkable.  

 


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July 19 at 8:15am

Does The World Need Another Decent Movie?

By Julien Favre

With the world economy on the brink, the current environment has rarely been so tough for independent filmmakers. To get our films made and, even more so, to see them sold and/or distributed, is getting incredibly challenging. Foreign sales estimates for low budget independent films are a tenth of what they used to be pre-2008, and let’s not be fooled by the numbers. We will be happy if we sell at all, even for symbolic numbers. From a filmmaker’s perspective, we have entered a dichotomous world: a shrinking pool of independent films do well; most don’t make any significant business. It is now as if there is only room for one indie hit per year. If you are not that film that everybody wants, you barely exist and your business footprint will be close to zero.

Now, you can look at this situation in two different ways. One way is to [...]


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July 18 at 8:15am

10+ Things To Think About If You Want To Make Better Films

(photo by Ted, art from the street)

(photo by Ted, art from the street)

I watch a lot of films. I think I watch about 250 a year. I also watch a lot of films that never come out, that most audiences never get access to.

I learn a great deal from the “noble failures”, the films that have ambition but just miss the mark fully in execution. I honestly like these films and find pleasure in watching them, but I also know that most people like their entertainment and culture to be in a more perfectly realized state — even if most of us don’t have the resources to bring our work to that state. I think most people’s taste is shaped by their training; we learn to like what we get — unfortunately.

Yet I also think there are some things that [...]


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