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7 Top Tips to Create a Cinematic Novel

Writing a story that has all the enticing elements of a screenplay in novel form can be a challenge, but if done right it can lead to a cinematic …

Creative Writing

How Storytelling Can Elevate You Above the Competition

In business, storytelling matters. Here's how to make it work for you.<p>Storytelling is an integral part of being human, and it's the way we've emotionally connected with one another for thousands of years. It should come as no surprise that brands use storytelling to connect with their consumers to …

Storytelling

How Telling Your Secret Creates More Good in Your Life

There are stories we all have that we are afraid to tell other people. These are the stories that we are embarrassed by, or which make us feel bad, …

3 simple rules for telling a compelling brand story

We hear stories all the time.<p>If we are at home, at work, or at school, there’s a story. It’s the essential method to share something with others.<p>We …

Public Relations

10 Great Movies So Visually Stunning That They Don’t Need a Plot

Since the dawn of cinema as a popular form of art, storytelling has been ever-present. As in any other art form bound by time, it is inevitable to …

How brands and storytelling succeeds in the unscripted space

<b>What’s the Story? is a storytelling video series dedicated to learning what truly makes a great story, told through the lens of the world’s talent</b> …

10 Instances That Show India Is Going Through A Fake News Explosion

Rumour-mongering has always been around but an organised, US-style fake news explosion on social media has come to India.<p>After all the brouhaha over …

India

Why IAS Shalini and Rajneesh Deserve a Film Based on Their Incredible Work?

S<i>halini IAS</i>, a Kannada film based on the real-life IAS couple— IAS Shalini Rajneesh and IAS Rajneesh Goel, is in-the-making under national …

India

The Full Costs and Income of a £1million Indie Film

The Full Costs and Income of a £1million Indie Film<p>Grab a cup of tea – this is a long one. It’s rare for filmmakers to get a candid look at the books …

Y Combinator Has Gone Supernova

<b>If the casting director</b> of the TV show “Silicon Valley” were asked to produce a canonical example of an applicant to Y Combinator’s incubator …

Marissa Mayer
Learning

Philosopher Erich Fromm on the Art of Loving and What Is Keeping Us from Mastering It

“There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love.”<p><i>“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love,”</i> the great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hahn admonished in his terrific treatise on how …

Relationships

Has the Video Essay Arrived?

Publications in both film criticism and academic film studies have historically been in writing, but as affordable lightweight cameras and digital …

Filmmaking

Attention, Screenwriters: Oscar-Winning Pixar Team is Offering Free Online Storytelling Courses

Best of all: This six-part online storytelling course is absolutely free.<p>Ever want to learn a few storytelling tricks from some Oscar-winning …

Brazil

Distractify

How One Simple Idea by a Software Engineer Could Feed Millions of Hungry in India

A simple idea powered by social media is feeding the hungry in Bengaluru, one dabba at a time.<p>We see it every day. Around street corners, at traffic …

Homelessness

Sundance 2017: Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot This Year’s Acclaimed Films

Filmmakers tell IndieWire what cameras they used to shoot their Sundance films and why they chose them.<p>IndieWire reached out to the filmmakers behind …

Cinematography

How to Finance Your Film

An attempt to sum-up the main options available to filmmakers to make magic happen. In other words, if all you have are friends and family, you might …

Investing

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Discover 11 Podcasts About Filmmaking and Creativity

11 podcasts about filmmaking, storytelling and creativity to discover and try out (with an episode highlight for each)

Filmmaking

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

Consciousness

Girls In Trees (In Art, In Literature)

<i>Girls In Trees</i> was inspired by the casual, offhand photos of my daughter taken during summers spent in a Hudson Valley apple orchard. Knees slung …

Traveling Through Transylvania With ‘Dracula’ as a Guide

Is it possible to use Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel to explore Romania?<p>Nighttime in Transylvania is as atmospherically spooky as you would hope it would …

You are almost definitely not living in reality because your brain doesn’t want you to

Every cognitive bias exists for a reason—primarily to save our brains time or energy.<p>I’ve spent many years referencing Wikipedia’s list of cognitive biases whenever I have a hunch that a certain type of thinking is an official bias but I can’t recall the name or details. But despite trying to …

Critical Thinking

Insulated Tents Could Protect the Homeless From the Elements

Being homeless often means exposure to all the elements, from the glaring sun of a heat wave to the freezing winds of a winter storm. A …

The Most Remote Places In India That Only The Most Daring Adventurers Will Travel To.

If you have vowed to travel to all the corners of India, and then brag about your right as a true Indian adventurer, here are India's most extreme …

Asia Travel

The 6 Easiest Video-Editing Tools for Small Business Marketers

The surge of videos on social media and content marketing channels has come quickly. In the past year alone, Facebook has averaged more than 1 …