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.
Our upcoming production THE LAST MOON is heavily influenced by German Expressionism from a visual standpoint. While looking for pictures to compile a lookbook for his film Sean came across two interesting articles on the subject: https://www.filminquiry.com/beginners-guide-german-expressionism/ https://www.filminquiry.com/german-expressionism/ https://www.filminquiry.com/beginners-guide-german-expressionism/ https://www.filminquiry.com/beginners-guide-german-expressionism/
The worst thing you can do as a writer is to endeavour to write a "great" script as achieving greatness is a daunting thought, and for some paralyzing. Try instead to make each draft BETTER. Your next draft doesn't have to be great, just better. Identify an area you need to work on, for example … Continue reading Forget “great”, just make it “better”
Interesting how camera phones are changing how we view video content on snapchat, etc. and also because so many people have camera phones, breaking news, etc. That is to say, we view it vertically versus horizontally. As much as 90% of the video content we see is vertical. And it changes how we we see … Continue reading Horizontal framing vs. vertical framing
I've just read a great article by Scott Myers ("Going into the Story") which made me realize how profoundly engrained our biases as storytellers can be. Indeed, I myself as a writer, have been guilty of describing female protagonists as "beautiful" or something to that effect - in addition to be strong and well-rounded of course. … Continue reading Introducing female characters
Wow, this short film made to the lyrics of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody is impressive - impressive as a concept and impressive as a film itself, I think. And there's so many songs you could use for this concept. Roxanne by The Police would be my choice . Anyone who wants to make a short film … Continue reading Seeking inspiration for short films?
Here is a popular script development article I wrote a while ago where I recommend screenwriting tools which have proved helpful for the writers I work with as well as ourselves at Frenzy Films as we develop our own projects and put them through the ringer. So I thought I'd republish it here. 1. Remember: … Continue reading 6 Tips to Re-Build Your Story From the Ground Up
TO MINIMIZE TALKING HEADS SCENARIOS! If you're thinking of writing your own screenplay for a film, Dov S-S Simens in From Reel to Deal" recommends that you create a story with minimal characters and locations; i.e. something that is like a filmed play. It's a great piece of advice because it means you'll be writing a script that … Continue reading How to make your dialogue heavy scene more compelling….
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!