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10 Essential Screenwriting Tips from John Ridley, Ethan Hawke, and More

This year’s best adapted screenplay nominees couldn’t be more of a jumble if Academy ballots were stuffed inside a Magic Bullet juicer. There’s the …

Writing for Self vs Others

Some of you may know of NaNoWriMo -- also known as National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to give that novel you've always thought about a kick in the pants and a kick out of your mind. So I put a fair amount of time and energy into working on this year's Nano. Considerably more than I've put …

10 Scripts to Read Before You Die

This is by no means an exhaustive or definitive list, but these are ten scripts every screenwriter–whether aspiring newbie or seasoned pro–should …

How To Develop Characters Before You Start Your Screenplay

They are the bolster of your story – the he or she who makes or breaks that final Act. So, don't they deserve some time? Some attention? …

Five Screenwriting Rules You Can Break and Five You Can’t

Even the notion of screenwriting rules gets some people into a serious tizz, and it’s this controversial topic I want to explore this week. I’ve …

Screenwriting

Discussion: what do you think of splitting books to make films?

One book, two films... Site member Readr has been thinking about whether it's worthwhile<p>It is an occurrence we have seen a lot recently. The film producers decide that one film alone won't do justice to the book and they decide to split it up into two or even three motion pictures. It has happened …

Film-makers have lost the art of making a long story short

Short films no longer rule the cinematic roost as they once did. A feature-length assembly of 2013 Bafta nominees suggests why<p>No law dictates that a film must last 90-plus minutes. The feature emerged to meet a commercial need: purpose-built picture palaces had to provide a full night's …

The Shoot: how to make a film in six days

How do you make a short film in just six days? That was the challenge of The Shoot, a competition run by Samsung that gave ten young people the opportunity to showcase their film skills.<p><b>How do you make a short film in just six days? That was the challenge of The Shoot, a competition run by Samsung</b> …

What Makes Hitchcock’s Films Great: An Animated Recipe

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most iconic filmmakers of all time, known as much for his films as for his thoughtful theories of what makes audiences gasp. But what exactly made his films so great? That’s exactly what animators Felix Meyer, Pascal Monaco, and Torsten Strer explore in <b>Hitch</b>, a …

How to get ahead in film-making

A new short film competition, Vivid Digital, offers entrants the chance to get their work noticed – not least when it is screened on a 15m video wall in the heart of the City<p>Do you miss Screen Test and its young film-makers' competition? Discovering a talented director without the guiding hands of …

13 Rules for Making Documentary Films

<i>The following is the text of a speech Michael Moore gave at Toronto International Film Festival this month.</i><p>1. My number one guiding principle in making documentary films is essentially the "Fight Club" Rule.<p>What is the first rule of "Fight Club"? The first rule of Fight Club is: "Don't talk about …

Trying to Make a Short Film in 48 Hours Made Me Feel Like an Idiot

We were in a real race against time to mitigate the chance of the film being completely shitty. We did not win that race.<p><i>This post originally appeared in VICE UK</i><p>This weekend, I entered the 48 Hour Film Project, an international challenge where each entrant has 48 hours to make a short film. Once …

Filmmaking

Short Films By Women Directors and Why We Love Making Them

I love short films. I love watching them almost as much as I love making them. A well-done short film is satisfying to watch and doesn't require a huge time commitment. Also, because there is usually no financial upside to making short films, the business is taken out of the entertainment, …

6 Tips for Beautiful Candid Photography

Candid photography focuses on what the subject is naturally doing and not on what the subject must be doing. It is a photo similar to that of a …