Zach Smith

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How to Make Movie Magic: Filmmaking Tips, Tricks, and Illusions

Have you ever wondered how filmmakers create realism in their films? Whether it's having a character scramble across a ceiling, severing the head of …

How to Option a Book for Film Adaptation

<i>Adaptation</i><p><i>The following is a guest post by veteran entertainment attorney Robert Zipser. It originally appeared on his official website.</i><p>“In the …

Freedom of Information

Gamer races against the ghost of his departed friend in Forza Horizon 3

Get the tissues ready<p>With politicians and angry parents blaming video games for the world's troubles, it sometimes becomes hard to see the good that …

Forza Horizon

All The Things That Are Wrong With Your Screenplay In One Handy Infographic

A professional scriptreader read 300 screenplays for five different studios, all the while tracking the many recurring problems. The infographic he made with the collected data offers a glimpse at where screenwriting goes wrong.<p>If selling a screenplay were easy, all those people crowding coffee …

It Starts When They Find the Dead Body—26 Tips That Will Make Anyone a Better Writer.

I don’t have the nerve to sit here and call myself an expert on writing.<p><i>That would be arrogant.</i><p>Writing is something that I’ve decidedly not yet …

Creative Writing

A Look At Pixar’s Secret Storytelling Weapons

<b>WHAT:</b> A video essay on why Pixar films tend to be so relatable.<p><b>WHO:</b> YouTuber KaptainKristian.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> It’s not just that Pixar films put viewers through the emotional wringer, it’s the way they do it–not with cheap manipulation but with meticulously crafted storytelling and core truths. In a …

Harvard linguist points out the 58 most commonly misused words and phrases

In his latest book, "The Sense of Style," Harvard cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker explores the most common words and phrases that people stumble over.<p>The book is like a modern version of Strunk and White's classic "The Elements of Style," but one based on linguistics and updated for …

Linguistics

5 Common Emotions You Never Knew Had Names

That cozy feeling you get when it's raining out and you're indoors? There's a name for it.<p>Emotional life is far richer than the vocabulary we have to describe it. Sadness, joy, exhilaration, regret, fury, etc., bleed into each other, creating unique blends in which one emotion is tinged with …

The 10 Commandments of the Accountable Screenwriter (DOWNLOAD)

here are two kinds of rugby player”, the legendary Scottish coach Jim Telfer told his players, “there are the honest ones, and there’s the rest. The …

Screenwriting

BLOG: 20 Things I've Learned In 20 Years As A Professional Writer

I should start this by putting my cards on the table and stating that whilst ‘writer’ is the box I tick whenever I’m asked for my occupation, I never …

Writing

A Conversation with the Screenwriter of 'The Girl on the Train'

“I would have loved to have gone to London,” Erin Cressida Wilson says of last month’s “The Girl on the Train” UK premiere, “but I canceled the day before. If I had gone, I would have gotten so behind in my work. And I just decided I better not go.” She takes a pause, then adds, “It would have been …

Julianne Moore

My Lunch with the 'God of Story'

We caught up with screenwriting guru Robert McKee, whose new book, 'Dialogue,' proves he should be required reading for storytellers of any kind.<p>It's hard to write anything about screenwriting sage Robert McKee without mentioning <i>Adaptation</i>. The Spike Jonze–directed, Charlie Kaufman–penned movie may …

Writing