How “Giving Up” Led Us To Our First Feature: a Guest Post by Michael DiBiasio

I am very happy to introduce this guest post by peers and filmmaker Michael DiBiasio, who you might already know via his twitter and/or his excellent blog. I discovered Michael DiBiasio's universe thanks to the one and only Edwin Nieves (if that sentence sounds familiar, it's normal!), and ...

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Jeff Bridges’ AMA: Being the Dude, Improvising on Iron Man, Playing a Role Written for his Father, Conquering Love…

Jeff Bridges is a man who beats the Hollywood odds in more than one way. A child of the business, he's managed to build his own career that spans five decades and counting, mixing genres and scales, never to repeat himself. On top of that, Bridges has also been a happily married man for alm ...

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20 Hollywoodian Cliches to Ban From Your Script

Cliches are like gossips: there might be something true lying at their chore, but that truth got lost overtime. And yet, because they keep being shared and floating around, there is a real temptation to use them as shortcuts while we try telling our story. We've mentioned before the 50 cliche ...

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Use this 8 Steps Questionnaire to Make Sure You Have a Strong and Useful Female Character

this is not a womanI'm going to cut to the chase here: it is not easy to write complex female characters, even for female storytellers. Some storytellers do it wonderfully (think Courtney Hunt's Frozen River or Allan Cubitt's The Fall), but the majority of us (storytellers of both genders ...

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30 Famous Directors Share What They Believe In and The Rules they Follow to Make Films

Whether you've learned it from reading articles and listening to audio commentaries, or you've discovered it in the trenches making your own films, you probably know by now that not only two filmmakers never work the same, but working on two films is not the same either. Each director has ...

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Follow a Young PTA During the Making of Magnolia in Documentary ‘That Moment’

one of the most touching moment: PTA impersonating PSH on set circa minute 21Who hasn't want to brain pick Paul Thomas Anderson after watching his films, and especially Magnolia, his third film and, to this date, one of the most creative screenplay and feature narrative I've seen in the las ...

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The Criteria Producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, the Purge) Use to Make Low Budgets Wide Release Movies

SXSW started to share their Keynotes from this year, and after the excellent and dense one by Austin Kleon, it's low budget's Producer Jason Blum's turn to be made available.Jason Blum is the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, a multi-media production company created in 2000 that ...

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The Art of Stanley Kubrick: A Crash Course on the Filmmaker’s Early Years

Stanley Kubrick is one of the few filmmakers who had such a life, and produced such a powerful body of work that almost each week, relevant content is shared online, dissecting his work and life, through making-ofs of his films (Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey), or his own words (his ...

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Must-Watch: Desktop Documentary ‘Transformers: The Premake’ Uses Global Footage While Staying Home

This is quite amazing. Kevin B. Lee, just gave a lot of visibility to a new form of filmmaking: Desktop Documentary by releasing a 25 minute behind the scenes of yet-to-be-released Transformers 4 made thanks to Internet footage. Yes, you read well.As its name indicates, Desktop Docume ...

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Geena Davis’ Two Simple Steps For Screenwriters To Add Women In Their Scripts

 The first time I saw Geena Davis was in The Long Kiss Goodnight, I was 13 and I couldn't believe what I was seeing: the good ole housewife I was seeing in every movie was all of a sudden becoming a kick-ass killer! The Long Kiss Goodnight might never end up in any "100 Must-See F ...

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