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Nobody Expects the GameQuisition!

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.

# Read # The Creative Mind
5 min read

Script to Screen: How I Taught Myself to Direct

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.

# Read # Independent
7 min read

Can We All Calm Down with the Series Bible?

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.

# Read # The Business of Art
7 min read

The Making of 'The MisEducation of Bindu, Part 2 - Rewrite Hell

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.

# Read # Independent
5 min read

Strike Back - Ending Hollywood's Historic War on Workers

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.

# Read # The District
3 min read

Calling All Writers: Monsters Wanted

Calling All Writers: Monsters Wanted

Do most filmmakers consider it too gauche to center a film around a monster these days?

# Read # Style & Substance
4 min read

Ted Dickerson's Last Life

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.

# Read # Fiction
15 min read

What Do Agents and Managers Do Anyway?

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?

# Read # The Business of Art
7 min read

Snapshot: Patrick Franklin

Snapshot: Patrick Franklin

There is nothing more motivating than just observing human beings in the wild.

# Read # Snapshots
3 min read

How NOT to Make a Documentary

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.

# Read # Style & Substance
7 min read

How I Overcome Writer's Block

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.

# Read # The Creative Mind
4 min read

Stephen Chbosky: Feeling Alone, Journeys Toward Truth, and Refusing to Romanticize Pain

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

# Read # Interview
6 min read

John Pollono and the Small Engine That Could

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."

# Read # The District # Interview # Mentoring # Crossover
36 min read

Snapshot: Kelsey Grace Pfiefer

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.

# Read # Snapshots
2 min read

Supplemental Content Ideas So Marketing Your Film is Less Boring

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.

# Read # The Business of Art # Independent
5 min read
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