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From Farthest to Nearest: Writing Hitchcock Style

From Farthest to Nearest: Writing Hitchcock Style

The classics are classics for a reason, and they’re always there to lean on to learn new techniques hidden in their brilliance.

# Read # Style & Substance
7 min read

The Road to Publication

The Road to Publication

As a debut author, I didn’t know what to expect. Hopefully my road leading to publication will help readers who are on a similar journey, or who will be soon.

# Read # The Business of Art
4 min read

Praise for the Unlikeable Character

Praise for the Unlikeable Character

I started to question my writing abilities, and indeed, my standing as a human being. Why was I drawn to these unlikeable people?

# Read # Style & Substance
3 min read

Where Have All the Good Movies Gone?

Where Have All the Good Movies Gone?

What happened? Where did all the good movies go? And most crucially, why have our viewing habits changed so much?

# Read # The Business of Art # The District
4 min read

Should You Try Different Things in the Arts?

Should You Try Different Things in the Arts?

An age-old question hesitant creatives have asked for millenia—to explore new disciplines in the hopes of finding your niche—finally has a definitive answer ...

# Read # Style & Substance
1 min read

The Unfathomable Psychological Terror of Writing What You Know

The Unfathomable Psychological Terror of Writing What You Know

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about this world is that who you are and who people want you to be aren’t the same thing.

# Read # The Creative Mind # Style & Substance
7 min read

Peter Malone Elliott and Alexander Sharp of "Wired Shut"

Peter Malone Elliott and Alexander Sharp of "Wired Shut"

Wired Shut writer/producer, Peter Malone Elliott, and director, Alexander Sharp, discuss the behind-the-scenes details of taking their feature film, from idea to completion.

# Read # Interview # Independent
1 min read

How Can a Static Protagonist Compel an Audience?

How Can a Static Protagonist Compel an Audience?

Michael Corleone. Ferris Bueller. Beatrix Kiddo. John Wick. What do these four famous film characters have in common, other than that they all hail from classic movies?

# Read # Style & Substance
4 min read

Lighting the Bulb: The Power of "Proof of Concept"

Lighting the Bulb: The Power of "Proof of Concept"

Before you build a dam or put up power lines, make sure the core filament in your idea bulb actually works. And how do you do that? Proof of concept.

# Read # The Business of Art
7 min read

Based On: Tracking Down Film and Television Rights

Based On: Tracking Down Film and Television Rights

Hollywood is deep in the throes of capitalist puppy-love with pre-existing intellectual property. But how do you get the underlying rights?

# Read # The Business of Art
5 min read

The Maid in All of Us

The Maid in All of Us

What Netflix's "Maid" says about America, right now, lends it the overall edge that it possesses in nearly every moment of its being.

# Read # Style & Substance
5 min read

Verge: Screenplay to Comic

Verge: Screenplay to Comic

But when you write a script, if it doesn’t get produced, it remains as just that. A template. A creative miscarriage.

# Read # Sight & Storytelling
5 min read

The Chronicle of 'Cactus Jack': Examining an Indie Film From Inception to Distribution

The Chronicle of 'Cactus Jack': Examining an Indie Film From Inception to Distribution

We were in a position that many of our screenwriter friends were envious of … but we were miserable.

# Read # Independent
9 min read

Thank You, Next

Thank You, Next

That’s the problem with unsolicited advice. Most of the time, the advice-giver knows nothing about you or your situation.

# Read # The Creative Mind
6 min read

Writing a Truly Great Mystery

Writing a Truly Great Mystery

Is anything harder in the world of fictional storytelling than coming up with an ending to a mystery that no one sees coming?

# Read # Style & Substance
4 min read
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