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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Amanda Palmer on Thinking About Art as Relationship vs. Product

American musician and artist at large Amanda Palmer recently released The Art of Asking, a book based on her 9 million + viewed TED Talk, which Palmer was asked to give after she became the first musician to break the $1 million mark on Kickstarter.Palmer has been living and doing h ...

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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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A Look Back at 2014: What I Did, What I Didn’t Do, and What I Learned.

This is a personal blog post about 2014, what happened during those 365 days, what I did and didn't accomplished on a practical level, and what I learned on an internal level. It's the first time I am doing this, because it's the first time in my life that I actually take time to review my ye ...

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“Pup Fiction”: 30 Illustrations of Films with a Missing Letter by Austin Light

 "Pollo 13: The gripping true story of a Spanish chicken stranded in space and NASA's unrelenting effort to bring him safely home." Two years ago, a trend started on Reddit to remove Pick a movie, remove one letter, give a brief description.The trend spread to twitter couple of ...

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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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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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