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7 Online Writing Workshops That Will Help You Write Your Novel In The New Year

So you want to "write more" in the new year. But now that the new year is nearly upon us, you're starting to spiral into a writerly panic. How will …

What Investors Want to Hear: Here Are the Things You Need to Be Telling Potential Financiers In Your Pitch

There are as many different ways to get funding as there are movies made, but the one thing all of those stories have in common is a pitch. No matter …

Filmmaking

First Draft: What’s It Like to See Your Script Produced By Hollywood? Here’s How This Screenwriter Made It Happen

In partnership with <i>Creative Screenwriting</i> and <i>ScreenCraft</i>, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting.Seeing your screenplay …

Filmmaking

The Story of D&D Part Three: How 3rd Edition Became the Mother Of Many RPGs

<i>To catch you up on the history of Dungeons & Dragons, your nerdmates at Geek & Sundry are providing you with this handy-dandy series of stories on</i> …

Lessons on Screenwriting: How to Pace a Fight Scene

When it comes to great action-packed fight scenes, it's all about timing.<p>Though fight scenes might appear to be absolute chaos and utter anarchy, in …

“Making a Hammer Film As If It Was Directed by Scorsese”: John Landis on Innocent Blood and Operating Muppets with Tim Burton

One of the most underrated films by one of America’s most underrated filmmakers just arrived on Blu-ray in the form of Warner Archive’s …

District 9 director says big studio AR films are inevitable, revolutionary

‘It’s going to be a bigger deal than VR’<p>Everyone is betting on augmented and virtual reality — even Hollywood.<p>Neill Blomkamp, the director best known for his work on <i>Chappie</i> and <i>District 9</i>, and whose currently working on a followup to Unity’s 2016 short film, <i>Adam</i>, told Polygon that new technology …

Once Upon a Time in Nazi-Occupied France: ‘Inglorious Basterds’ First Scene Explained

How QT established his film’s central tension in the opening minutes.<p>The opening sequence of Quentin Tarantino’s <i>Inglourious Basterds</i> is a 17-page …

6 Filmmaking Tips From Park Chan-wook

An icon of Korean cinema prods us with inspiration.<p>Following a slow start as an unknown filmmaker in the 1990s then a brief stint as a film critic to …

10 Movies Every Aspiring Filmmaker Should See

On a recent show with Conan O’Brien, legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog shared some thoughts on filmmaking. “There are too many things you …

What Most Writers Don’t Know About Screenplay Structure

by Guest BloggerThis guest post is by Alex Bloom. Alex founded the screenplay consultancy Script Reader Pro with the idea of hiring only working …

Creative Writing

Inside the Well-Traveled Sketchbooks of Artist Dina Brodsky | Colossal

<p>Artist Dina Brodsky has many focuses to her practice, painting in miniature on canvas and paper, and recently turning to her family, friends, and …

7 Brain Hacks That Will Make You a Lot Smarter

To stay ahead in life, you need to be a constant learner. These hacks will help you pull it off.<p>Our world is evolving quicker than ever.<p>To stay competitive in business and ahead of the game, it's increasingly important to continually learn new skills and information. That's why mega-moguls like …

A Complete Analysis of What Makes Heath Ledger's Joker the Perfect Villain

Why Suicide Squad will never be The Dark Knight.<p>In a post-<i>Dark Knight</i> world, we're forced to return to Christopher Nolan's masterful Batman trilogy to analyze where subsequent superhero films have gone wrong. As stunning as Nolan's films were, their success set off a trend in Hollywood to recreate …

American Author And Screenwriter Posts Powerful Plea To America, And It's Breaking The Internet

American Author And Screenwriter Posts Powerful Plea To America, And It’s Breaking The Internet (VIDEO)<p>August 2, 2016Ed Hanratty Politics<p>Frank …

More tips on writing dialogue

Yesterday was part one. Today is part two. <br>Hitchcock said a “good story was life with the dull parts taken out.” Same for dialogue. Don’t waste time …

Creative Writing

Scene Exercises

You will use a lot of different types of scenes to accomplish very specific parts of your overall story. Sometimes the main purpose of a particular …

Aaron Sorkin Embraces the Pajama People

"Aaron Sorkin is ready for you," the ominous subject line read.<p>A few days earlier, in an inquisitive mood, I’d disabled my ad blocker to remind …

How to Create the Film Look With Your Footage for Free

The film look is often associated with a more high-contrast image with distinct color tones (I often refer to them as burnt) as well as having …

Cinematography

Method Acting, Explained

We hear a lot about method acting. But what’s it about, really?<p>As fans of film and television, we hear an awful lot about “method acting.” Some say …

‘Super 8 Filmmakers Guide’ Video: Learn How To Shoot On Film In This Great Primer

See what equipment you need and what features you need to check in this great thorough how-to video.<p>While the democratization of the digital camera …

Filmmaking

Can Budget-Slasher Jason Blum Prove the Way Hollywood Makes Movies Is Horrifyingly Wrong?

<i>Paranormal Activity — The Ghost Dimension</i>, due out Oct. 23, is the sixth and final film in the highly profitable series of found-footage horror …

Here's How You Can Get a Staggering Cinematic Film Look with the Cheapest Mirrorless Camera or DSLR

A common misconception spread among newbie filmmakers and enthusiasts alike is that having the most expensive filmmaking camera such as the ARRI …

Cinematography

5 Things That Need to Be in the First 10 Pages of Your Screenplay

The first 10 pages are probably some of the most important ones in your script, because, well, people don't usually read screenplays for the sheer …

Filmmaking

5 Rewrite Strategies That Actually Work

<b>Tighten Up And Improve Your Script</b><p>We’ve all heard that “good writing is rewriting,” and we all know that first drafts aren’t meant to be perfect — …

Writing

1pg. Screenplay Contest

The Los Angeles FEEDBACK Festival Presents:<p>Submit a screenplay that is only 1 page long and have it performed at the Writing Festival by professional …

Explore Gillian Flynn's Classic, Compelling Screenplay For 'Gone Girl'

The biggest challenge screenwriters face isn’t coming up with interesting ideas. No, rather, it’s discovering how to tell that story in a compelling …

Blacklisted Screenwriter Walter Bernstein: How Woody Allen Helped Turn a Dark Chapter In Hollywood History Into a Comedy

Former blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein discussed his 1976 film "The Front" with Sony Pictures Classics' Michael Barker on Tuesday.<p>Legendary …

Woody Allen