https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gGl3LJ7vHc Wonderful article by Joe Wright on the importance of the participation of the imagination and the Kuleshov Effect. Also a reminder that we should never stop learning as filmmakers: "But every time I make a film—Darkest Hour is my seventh—I am required to relearn the craft and to find a specific language to express … Continue reading Joe Wright on the importance of the participation of the imagination
Whenever you feel like you are working on a project which is overly familiar and get despondent about your lack of originality it's good to remind yourself that we are all standing on the shoulders of giants and the best filmmakers borrow from the great and master the art of: COPYING TRANSFORMING COMBINING. https://screencraft.org/2016/06/01/3-ways-screenwriters-can-master-the-art-of-remixing/
This week-end we were invited to a panel on the Art of Making Low Budget Sci-Fi Films at the inaugural Berlin Sci-Fi FilmFest at the wonderful Babylon Cinema in the city that gave birth to "Metropolis". It was great to discuss hard sci-fi versus philosophical sci-fi and what can be achieved on a no-to-low budget. … Continue reading The Art of Low-Budget Sci Fi Filmmaking
There is a clear trend towards more and more visual pitches in the film and TV world. Sizzle-reel, mood reels, proof-of-concept short films have become the new normal to pitch a concept. Another trend might be graphic novels or comics, an affordable way of developing a big-scale idea and finding out whether an idea has … Continue reading Test your ideas with comic books
Here is an article I often recommend on how you should, as per the Ancient Greek aphorism, "Know Thyself" and define the type of stories and genre you are drawn to before you develop your own stories. Furthermore, once you have identified these stories that resonate with you you should learn how how to dissect films … Continue reading “Know Thyself” and find your genre
In a crowded marketplace self-distribution doesn't have the stigma it used to have (same with regard to self-publishing). Although self-distribution is hard work it can be a smart choice for some films. Here is an excellent article on the subject by Moviemaker magazine which looks closely into the Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative. https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/mm_guide_2018/self-distribution-mm-guide-2018/2/
"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best." Henry van Dyke, poet (10 Nov 1852-1933) So don't wait and get started with the screenwriting project you've had in mind for a long time...
Great screenwriting article on what we can learn from Stranger Things, in particular with regard to not explaining everything and playing with our expectations by using tropes in a fresh way. http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/lessons-writers-can-learn-netflix-stranger-things
Insightful article about the three structures that can keep your audience engaged regardless of whether you are writing a genre film, a comedy or a drama. Good to be reminded of the power of: Suspense Surprise Curiosity https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/series/first-draft/first-draft-psychological-states/
When it comes to directing a feature setting a date and sticking to it - as long as you give yourself enough time to reach your goal - can make all the difference. It's something we've experienced ourselves and something this articles gives us a good example of. Decide on a budget, on a timeline … Continue reading On setting a date… no matter what.