The Q&A with 9 Oscar-Nominated Screenwriters

Jeff Goldsmith with ScreenCraft sat down with nine of the 2016 Oscar nominees in the Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay categories to talk about everything from the best writing advice to favorite procrastinating methods – yes, you read the correctly, as well as battling the obstacles and demons. Enjoy.


Full article and podcast here: The Q&A with 9 Oscar-Nominated Screenwriters

The ‘Jane Test’

Angela Watercutter at Wired magazine discusses the “Bechdel Test”, a simple three question test to gauge the level of gender bias (towards females in particular) that a film or story has. Watercutter goes a step farther and introduces what she calls the “Jane test”. The name is inspired by Natalie Portman’s character Jane Foster in the MCU’s Thor films. Following the lead of script reader and producer Ross Putnam, who began posting female character descriptions in scripts on Twitter, she adds three additional questions to consider. The point of the test is to evaluate how female characters are portrayed, not just onscreen, but on paper in the initial script so that female characters can be given the multi-dimensional qualities they deserve.

Read full article here: The “Jane” Test

“The More is Inside”… A Celebration and Discussion of Women Filmmakers

Women, veteran and new, in film industry gathered during the Sundance Film Festival to discuss women’s roles in the film industry and possibilities of what the future holds for women’s place in the world. The article also opens up an important line of discussion as far as women are concerned: we need to have each other’s backs, regardless of profession, ethnicity, religion, or self-identifiers. We need to support each other now more than ever. We need to stop competing. Yes, acknowledge the problems. Absolutely. And there are plenty of them. But let’s work together to fix them. That’s the beauty of cinema; it provides a space for all people to come to the table, contribute, and learn about/from one another so that we can leave this world better than we found it. Perhaps that’s a dose of naïveté talking, but I’m optimistic about the possibilities of what people can accomplish when we learn to work together despite our differences.

Full article here: Perspective: Celebration of women filmmakers triggers heated debate among Salma Hayek, Jessica Williams and Shirley MacLaine

Eight Black Female Directors to Watch curated a list of eight black female directors worthy of notice in 2017. With continued scrutiny and discussion about the lack of diversity both in front of and behind the camera, there has been a strong cultural push to include people that are, you know, not white, wealthy or male. Representation matters.

Eight Black Female Directors Making Moves in Hollywood

The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2017

Maggie Gottlieb and Julie Pearson with MovieMaker magazine ranked the top places to work as a filmmaker in 2016. The capitol city of the home state of your humble blogger was ranked #5 among small cities and towns. Virginia has been increasingly become a more attractive location for filmmakers recently, especially with historically inspired stories. Seeing my home state featured on the ranking list made me exceptionally excited.

See the full list here: The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2017

Lessons From the Startup World

Naomi Beaty at ScreenCraft sat down with some of the biggest names in the startup world to discuss valuable pieces of wisdom and advice that would be useful to screenwriters. Because let’s face it, as an artist – painter, actor, singer, writer, or filmmaker – you’re a one-person startup. And if you think about it, every company big, small, or global began with a single person and their ideas.

Five Lessons for Screenwriters From the Startup World

Why You Shouldn’t “Write What Sells”

Shawn from Microbudget Film Lab discusses why “write what sells” is a terrible piece of advice, especially if you’re an independent/microbudget filmmaker.

Main take away: “write what you’re passionate about” and “write about what really moves you”.

Civil discussion is always welcome.

Watch full video here: Why You Shouldn’t “Write What Sells”

Saving Cinema and the Importance of Film Restoration

V Renee at No Film School discusses the importance of restoring films and caring for them so that later generations can enjoy, appreciate, and learn from them. The arts not only provide a vital engine for creativity and expression, but also serve as a invaluable tool for future generations to learn from. There are countless museums dedicated to preserving paintings, sculptures, and historical artifacts; film deserves an equal level of esteem and care.

Why is Film Restoration So Important?

TED Talks: The Neuroscience of Imagination

Today’s science lesson: the neuroscience of imagination. This TED Talk discusses the science behind how imagination and creativity work in the human brain.

Enjoy the visions of dolphins and pineapples that are now dancing in your head.

Sorry, not sorry 🙂

TED Talks: The Neuroscience of Imagination