Martin Scorsese on Daring Greatly, Staying Singular and Cultivating Your Creativity No Matter What

 Who can dream of a better Honored Speaker to launch you into the real world than the grand filmmaker and ultimate film lover that is Martin Scorsese? In this heart-lifting 30 speech at Tisch School of Arts last May, Scorsese shared a great deal of his early beginnings as an aspiring ...

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Ava DuVernay on Her Creative Spark: From Observing to Writing for Low Budget

Indie filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who gave one of the most inspiring and memorable Keynote speech in the last few years empowering many of us to stop whining and start taking actions, was interviewed in the no less excellent Creative Sparks series run by the Academy and shared about what inspir ...

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Seth Godin on Processing Failure Emotionally and the Infinite Game

Since my recent obsession with podcasts, I've started searching podcasts from people I enjoy following on other mediums, and screenwriter Brian Koppelman is one of them. Koppelman recently did a podcast with a thinker I greatly appreciate, Seth Godin, and their hour-long conversation wa ...

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Screenwriters: Download Three Free Sample Legal Agreements

Like everything in our industry, mastering your craft is key, but being well-versed into the business aspect of things can make a huge difference when opportunities finally present themselves. Although there is no already-made/set-in-stone legal agreements that will ever apply to everybody ...

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Overcome No and Beat the System with ‘Dear White People’ Director, Justin Simien

*UPDATED* The Full Conversation is Available Below and it's well worth watching. I'll get back to it soon but watch.Exciting prospect: 'Dear White People' Justin Simien will be interviewed today, online, for 1h30 by Chase Jarvis and will talk about overcoming No and beating the sys ...

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Legendary Cinematographer Robby Muller at Work in Unusual and Fascinating Masterclass

After hearing both Jim Jarmusch and Paul Thomas Anderson speak so highly of Robby Muller, and how his work as a cinematographer has impacted their work as filmmakers, I felt the desperate need to try find -again- more about Muller. I got more successful this time around with this unexpected ...

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Must Watch: Ursula K. Le Guin Inspiring Call to Storytellers

Whether you know Le Guin or not, if you are in the 'business' of telling stories I urge you to watch this short video.During her acceptance speech after receiving the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Science-Fiction and Fantasy writer ...

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Editor Alan E. Bell (Catching Fire, (500) Days of Summer) on Keeping Up With New Technics and Advancing Your Career

In one of the most interesting and fluid interview I've recently listened to with an editor, Alan E. Bell, who is behind (500) Days of Summer, the Amazing Spider-Man, Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the two Mockingjay's talks about his workflow, his collaboration with filmmaker Francis Lawren ...

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The Two Faces of January Making-Of Is a Unique Experience in Witnessing Acting and Feature Filmmaking

This is probably one of the most unexpected and exciting making-of I've seen, and if you're only going to read this one sentence, I'll make it crystal clear: I think every filmmaker and every actor should watch it.'The Two Faces of January' is an adaptation from Patricia Highsmith crim ...

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Composer Jeff Beal on Working With David Fincher to Create House of Cards Title Theme

If you have watched House of Cards you've probably noticed its (Emmy nominated) main title sequence that sets the mood and runs into different sub-themes during the whole Show. In a podcast with Song Exploder, composer Jeff Beal talks about how he got the job and worked with David Fincher not ...

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