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/
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
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?
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!
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.
On Tuesday we had a live reading with professional actors of Sean's script for our upcoming production THE LAST MOON. It went great and we feel excited about our next movie. Stage readings are an invaluable part of the script development process as it's when dialogue and characters come to life. This time around we … Continue reading Live reading of The Last Moon
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
Here is an article I wrote that has been widely mentioned on the web. Since writers seem to find it helpful I thought I'd share it again on our new blog. Enjoy! A short film script can be a great calling card for a writer. Short films aren’t a lesser form of cinematic storytelling. In … Continue reading 7 Rules for Writing Short Films