Extracts from Scripts I read that illustrate a way to say something.

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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By mentorless| 2 Comments | Acting and Actors, Directing and Directors, Personal Buzz, Writing and Writers
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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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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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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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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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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