Unconventional Resources for Filmmakers One of the common advice professional screenwriters and filmmakers give when asked what to do to tell better stories is to lead an interesting life. It occurred to me that the same advice applies to resources in general. So I made a list of 10 books that I have read and have had a […]
Extracts from Scripts I read that illustrate a way to say something.
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), introduced what is still to this date the […]
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-time filmmaker who had sold one screenplay (Natural Born Killers) for the […]
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 go about when describing ‘the rest’. I find it personally extremely difficult to introduce […]
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. Especially when you have […]
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 rewrite 8 lines from Lemmy Caution for a […]
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 enough trouble already with […]
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 change the conversation. For indie filmmakers, that can […]
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 ‘Dear White People’. It’s informative, and […]
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 inspires her, how she captures it and how […]
Joe on How Joe Wilson Bypassed the Industry to Tell His Stories Thank YOU for the kind words, Jerry!I'd love to ...
Nathalie on How to Reach Out to Powerful People and Develop a lasting Relationship : 7 Tips great point Lynn. I think the biggest element I got ...
Lynn Reed on How to Reach Out to Powerful People and Develop a lasting Relationship : 7 Tips Great post. Like Joe in the previous comment, I'm particularly ...