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
We need to see more stories told from the POV of a female protagonist on the big screen and the phenomenal success of Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" is a step in the right direction. Here is an article which explains how Maureen Murdock's "Heroine's Journey" differs from Campbell's male-centered archetypes. Highly recommended for all writers! … Continue reading Campbell’s old-fashioned archetype versus The Heroine’s Journey.