To write a low budget film think SITUATION!

I have recently come across this interesting article by Carson Reeves on Scriptshadow where he discusses Militia (which is a Black List script I enjoyed reading) and if you want to make a low or micro-budget film the best thing is to come up with a compelling SITUATION – a life-changing moment set in one location. Ok, what are some … Continue reading To write a low budget film think SITUATION!

Find your theme… but don’t worry if you have no clue what are you are trying to say (yet)

Theme is something many writers struggle with, but the truth is it rarely emerges at the beginning of the beginning of the script development process, more often than not it's something that is REVEALED to the writer after a few drafts. At least that's my experience with my own writing but also what I've observed … Continue reading Find your theme… but don’t worry if you have no clue what are you are trying to say (yet)

Hone your pitch before you write.

Boileau, a French poet and critic, said, “An idea well conceived presents itself clearly, and words to express it come readily”. The same applies to the art of pitching your story. Learn how to pitch your idea and capture your friends' attention before you commit weeks, months (sometimes years!) to developing your story further. The task might … Continue reading Hone your pitch before you write.

3 things we can learn from the Master of Suspense

We are big fans of Hitchcock's work at Frenzy Films (we recently watched "The Rope" and "Lifeboat" again, oh boy do they stand the test of time...) so we absolutely loved this vide-essay which heightens three key elements of the films of the Master of Suspense: Pure Cinema (remember the opening of Rear Window?) Suspense … Continue reading 3 things we can learn from the Master of Suspense