Insightful article on the use of visual symbolism and metaphors in scripts. I like this idea that they should be so subtle they remain subliminal for 75% of the audience. SJ http://beyondstructure.com/visual-storytelling-in-batman-begins/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=al3-Kl4BDUQ In need of inspiration to keep up with your New Year resolutions? Here is a compilation of awesome Ted Talks to get your creative juice flowing! The one above is a must-see. https://screencraft.org/2015/10/07/top-10-ted-talks-storytelling-filmmaking-screenwriting/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PShTLxy3JAk I watched a few of Gary W. Goldstein's ("Pretty Woman producer") videos on youtube and I think they are sooooo good and inspiring. Check a few out - they're in 5-10 minute bites or you can watch the whole interviews strung together I think. He's a lovely guy who speaks the truth (sometimes hard truth) … Continue reading Amazing interviews to watch!
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
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...
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/