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Read These 5 Books On Writing In Lieu of Spending $40,000 On An MFA

Back in the pre-Internet days, if you wanted to land an agent and a book deal you had two choices: spend a million dollars on postage cold-querying …

10 great mafia films

GoodFellas is back in cinemas in a new 4K restoration from 20 January<p>Martin Scorsese’s epic 1990 mafia masterpiece, GoodFellas, is, like his other …

The Greatest Crime Novelists on Their Favorite Crime Novels Ever

Who better to ask for book recommendations than some of the best people in the game? GQ asked our favorite crime writers to tell us about the books that have haunted them, inspired them, and made their own work a little more thrilling. Their answers run the gamut from canonical classics to lesser …

First Draft: 10 Screenplay Structures To Flesh Out Your Formless Story

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

Screenwriting

These are 2017’s best books according to Amazon

We're listening...<p><b>From the editors of Real Simple</b> <b><br>Words by Liz Steelman</b><p>If you’ve already got through the brilliant books the <i>Marie Claire</i> team are …

32 Books That Will Make You a More Well-rounded Person

Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything?<p>There's any easy way to do it: Read everything!<p>You can't …

Books

7 Character Development Keys

<i>Start with character. End with character. Find the story in between.</i><p>A few year’s back, I was a guest of the weekly #scriptchat conversation (if you …

Writing

Werner Herzog’s Film School Advice: 6 Crucial Lessons From a Master to His Pupils

Eight students share the unorthodox and extremely practical filmmaking lessons they learned making short films in Cuba with the master.<p>This past …

Become a Better Visual Storyteller by Following These 10 Rules for Better Composition (VIDEO)

Most great photographers are also accomplished visual storytellers who understand how to draw viewers into their scene and direct their eyes to the …

Photography

How to Learn Filmmaking FAST! - Without Film School

4 history books that changed my view of the world in 2016

One of the surprising pleasures of approaching middle age is the way that the habits I started to cultivate as a young fogey are becoming more …

Why You Should Try Meditating While Running (and How to Do It)

Yes, you can get your Zen on while getting miles in. Here are nine tips for making your next run extra-serene.<p>I’m running down Kelly Drive in Philadelphia on an unseasonably warm fall day, my purple sneakers softly thudding against the ground. As I run, I notice a young boy skateboarding on the …

Meditation

These are our favorite books we read in 2016

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>At Insider Picks, we thought one of the best ways we could help would be to construct a list of our favorite books we read this year.<p>We …

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Books

The non-western books that every student should read

Leading authors pick international classics that should be on student’s bookshelves, but are often neglected by universities<p>The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon<p>I teach it to my first years and return to the book through their degree. It is the perfect introduction to complex ideas: oppressive …

Books

Move over Freud: literary fiction is the best therapy

Fiction breaks down social isolation and creates a sense of belonging, argues the author and former psychoanalyst<p>One of my maxims as a university teacher of literature was: “A great novel not only enhances our understanding – more crucially it understands us.” When I later trained as a …

Literature

10 Cinematography Tricks for Working With Only Natural Lighting

When asked why he preferred shooting with all-natural lighting, Stanley Kubrick simply replied, “Because that’s the way we see things.”<p>It’s a trend …

Cinematography Techniques

The art of cinematography is more than using the camera, lights and other tools to their best abilities, the art also includes knowing how to tell …

12 actions you need to do right now to be a better writer

You <b>can</b> be a better writer. So many posts offer you advice. Most of it you just look it, kind of file it away, and never return to it. That’s why I’m …

It’s All in the Details: How to Train Your Photographer’s Eye

It’s easy to be presented with a scene and take in the totality of it rather than focusing on the details. We see the landscape before us, not the …

Landscape Photography

Deep Web Research Tools

This list offers some tips and tools to help you get the most out of your Internet searches.<p>Semantic Search Tools and Databases<p>Semantic search tools …

How to Tell the Difference Between Sadness, Grief, and Depression

We all know what it’s like to feel sad. Sadness is a standard human emotion. It looks different for different people and in different situations, but …

Emotions

7 Tips for Finding Your Niche as a Videographer

February 2, 2017<p>For most creative professionals, finding that happy balance between passion, talent and opportunity is a lifelong undertaking. …

17 Invaluable Filmmaking Lessons from the 'Pete's Dragon' Production Diary

We plumbed the depths of indie-auteur-turned-Hollywood-director David Lowery's extensive production notes.<p>David Lowery has a contentious relationship …

Animation

The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films

The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.<p>“They don’t make ‘em like they used to.”<p>How often have we all heard that resigned expression? How often have we said it ourselves? ‘The death of cinema’ is debated in university film studies …

Mad Max

Here are the top ten films as voted by the women critics who participated in @BBC_Culture's #FilmsOfTheCentury poll: https://t.co/6ti6uDLFYf

20 Directors Who Are Good At Making Visually Stunning Films

Film is an art form which combines many various disciplines and a good film is not necessarily a film that looks good. But there is no denying that …

The 15 Best Places On The Internet For Book Lovers

It’s lit<p>The internet is great for many things: <i>The OC</i> GIFs, Harambe memes, and literature.<p>Does it seem like one of those things is not like the other? If it feels at all strange to you that the medium which has been credited (along with television, of course) with a national decline in attention …

Books

The Basic Rules of Composition

Your frame is your canvas — fill it with things that are useful to your story and arrange them in a way that is pleasing to the viewer.

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Good Video Editing Techniques to Consider

photo by Vimages<p>Editing is an unobtrusive skill. If it is done well, the audience does not notice it, but is absorbed in its effect. During an …