Shonda Rhimes About Dealing with “Stupid Notes”, Going to Film School & Writing for the Market

 3 Successful TV Shows in 10 Years: Meet Shonda Rhimes I've always been amazed at how little content you can find about Shonda Rhimes, the brilliant writer and show runner who has managed to develop three successful network shows (Grey's Anatomy has been running for over a decade now), intr ...

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Inside the Edit Launches a Monthly Subscription and Takes It Two Steps Further With Content

Still looking to build and/or sharpen your editing skills on the creative side? Inside the Edit, the only online course focusing on editing as a creative craft, is now offering a monthly membership at £40, or a yearly membership at £400 (which means, you pay for 10 months and receive ac ...

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What Tarantino’s Experience at the Sundance Lab in 1991 Can Teach Us About Feedback

A Cautionary Tale About Feedback A few days ago, the always excellent Will McCrabb shared a picture of Quentin Tarantino and Steve Buscemi rehearsing a scene from Reservoir Dogs during the Sundance Lab that Tarantino attended in 1991.Back in 1991, Quentin Tarantino was an unknown first- ...

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100 Examples on How to Introduce Characters in Your Screenplay

Introducing characters in your screenplay can be a make it or break it moment to keep your reader engaged.If we know that the main character's name should be in CAPITAL LETTERS when first introduced, and that her/his age should be in parenthesis, there are still multiple ways to g ...

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Can You Sum Up a Film In Two Drawings? That’s What Lewis Trondheim & Jason Have Been Doing for Weeks

French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim and Norwegian cartoonist Jason are not only established storytellers within their medium, they are also movie lovers, or so it seems since the two men have started a weekly exercise in storytelling named "2 cases, 1 film" where they each try to sum up a film ...

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3 Techniques Spike Jonze Used in HER to Achieve Suspension of Disbelief

 Spike Jonze and Falling in Love with a Program There is one complaint I have never heard from people who watched HER, by Spike Jonze, and that's that they didn't buy the emotional relationship between Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and Samantha (Scarlett Johansson.)So, how do you create a b ...

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In 2015, We Don’t Have Any Reason to Stay Isolated While We Create #ourcreativeboat

Why Do We Keep Setting Up Secret Goals ? Most of us use a change of year to reset our goals, give up some, pick up others, and mostly, carry on for another round of creative madness, between paid jobs and waves of uncertainty.Sometimes it feels great, and sometimes it feels lonely. Espec ...

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Screenwriters: Rewrite 8 Lines of Dialogues from Godard’s Alphaville, Get a Writer Credit, a Slamdance Screening and …

There is a limited window for this one, and I encourage all aspiring screenwriters to cease the opportunity as Bright Ideas Magazine really made it easy for everyone.They are premiering a short film remix of Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville at this coming Slamdance, and they want you to rewr ...

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Tony Zhou’s 3 Tips to Learn How to Deconstruct a Film’s Visual Narrative

Tony Zhou, the creator, editor and narrator of the excellent Every Frame a Painting did an AMA on True Films, a subreddit for cinephiles, where he spent four hours answering about every question thrown at him.There are a lot of good stuff to discover there, but here is a little selec ...

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Hollywood and the Creepy Age Gap (and What We Can Do About It)

More than once, I have find myself cringing at the movie, seeing an old actor 'getting the girl' (or being with a girl) half his age (or more), and realizing that that's the dream Hollywood is trying to sell me. I haven't been vocal about it here until now, because I thought that we have ...

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