Nobody Expects the GameQuisition!
Some call it gamesmanship, some call it cheating, some call it plain old knowing the rules. But if you don’t know the rules, you can’t bend them to your advantage.
Script to Screen: How I Taught Myself to Direct
But to actually direct—something scripted no less—felt like a sham. People went to school for that. Or they had climbed the proverbial ladder to earn it.
Can We All Calm Down with the Series Bible?
I remember projects where the writers excitedly discuss their stories. Joy, heartache, and love of the story make all the difference.
The Making of 'The MisEducation of Bindu, Part 2 - Rewrite Hell
Rewrite hell, I’ve come to understand, isn’t what someone does to you, but what you do to yourself as a writer.
Strike Back - Ending Hollywood's Historic War on Workers
What effect did all of this end up having on Hollywood? A culture of abusive bosses, low pay, and hazardous working conditions that has continued for decades.
Calling All Writers: Monsters Wanted
Do most filmmakers consider it too gauche to center a film around a monster these days?
Ted Dickerson's Last Life
Today is Ted Dickerson’s 84th birthday. Or his 4,534,119,982,103rd birthday if you count his other lives, which he, of course, does. Either way, he’s determined to make it his last.
What Do Agents and Managers Do Anyway?
You’ve just signed your entire career over to a complete stranger. Whether you succeed or not in your chosen field is completely up to someone who you’ve known for about sixty minutes. What have you just done?
Snapshot: Patrick Franklin
There is nothing more motivating than just observing human beings in the wild.
How NOT to Make a Documentary
Any good "how to make a documentary" guidebook would tell you to hire a qualified DP and sound mixer to get the best quality picture and sound. But we didn't have money—we just had each other.
How I Overcome Writer's Block
Knowing that even A-list authors have “my dog ate my homework” moments can be reassuring, and ironically that reassurance can help the rest of us unleash our creativity.
Stephen Chbosky: Feeling Alone, Journeys Toward Truth, and Refusing to Romanticize Pain
"I'm not interested in people’s pain; I'm interested in their salvation. I'm not interested in their isolation; I'm interested in their catharsis." - Stephen Chbosky
John Pollono and the Small Engine That Could
"... the country right now is so fucking political and divided that the only safety you have is if you feel that the art is regurgitating your own opinions and political beliefs back at you. I find that incredibly boring."
Snapshot: Kelsey Grace Pfiefer
I think all artists are inherently invisible problem solvers. We see an empty space in the world and want to fill it with our ideas, our images, and our stories.
Supplemental Content Ideas So Marketing Your Film is Less Boring
As indie creators, we have neither the past notoriety, the platform, or the money to rely on classic marketing styles, so we have to get more creative.