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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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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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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How George Clooney Switched the Casting Conversation and Started Getting Roles

Last month while reading The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday, I came across a very interesting story about George Clooney used as an example to illustrate the idea that Perspective is everything, and that oftentimes, if we can just shift the angle we look at things, we can completely ...

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Three Unconventional Tactics Justin Simien Used to Make ‘Dear White People’ a Reality

As promised last month, I went back to Justin Simien's interview with Chase Jarvis and oh boy, this conversation is so packed with great information for filmmakers… I will come back to it again.The very first thing I want to focus on, is the unconventional path Simien took to make 'Dea ...

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Every Hitchcock Cameo Ever (Almost)

Alfred Hitchcock was a unique filmmaker, not only because of his mastery of suspense but also because we all know who he is and what he looks like. To this day, he is one of the few filmmakers people recognize, the same way Dali is one of the few artists and Einstein one of the few scienti ...

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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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