Women at Sundance

I have to admit, Sundance has found a special place in my heart after attending the 2016 film festival. Perhaps it’s because it was my first film festival, or possibly because it was a nice reprieve from my usual surroundings. Perhaps it was learning that my Virginia blood can handle a Utah winter… maybe. (Jury’s still out in that one.) The incredible energy and passion of everyone there was contagious. Seeing wonderful work inspired me and reminded me that I am, slowly but surely, heading in the right direction. But the fact that the Sundance Institute actively promotes women in the film industry, gives them a place to thrive and grow, as well as continually improve their efforts has inspired me that much more and the Sundance Institute has earned that much more of my respect.

Full page here: WOMEN AT SUNDANCE

Creativity Hacks

Gareth Simpson at Visual News provides six helpful ideas to help people boost their creativity, especially for when you hit a block.

I’ve personally realized that when I have a creative block, it’s my brain saying “I’m hungry, feed me something”: take in a different art form or change in scenery, read a book, watch a movie, go outside and get some fresh air, get some exercise, join people for a meal, make something with your hands other than typing words into a keyboard. Sometimes merely picking up a pencil and paper to write helps overcome the block. If you’ve ever studied Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Habit Seven is “Sharpen the Saw”. Rest is just as important as work and both deserve equal respect. Love your brain and it will love you back with whatever amazing and incredible thing you create. I hope you find this helpful.

Read the full article here: Helpful Tips on How to Boost Creativity

Screenwriter Thesaurus: “Very”

Since the word “very”is very boring, you as a very good writer shouldn’t use it very much. I hope you find this list to be very helpful.  Have a very lovely day.

128 Words Screenwriters Can Use Instead of “Very”

Here’s a fun game: Rewrite my post with words you find on this list in the comments section. Have fun 🙂

10-1 Anybody? Film Set Slang 101

Every profession has it’s own jargon and slang that only those that work in that profession appreciate, use, and understand. A film set is no different. The folks at No Film School compiled the list of commonly used terms that you will only hear on a film set.

Watch the full video here: Film Slang 101

Women in Film: Where are they?

Nowadays half of film school graduates are female, but for some reason, less than 2 percent of top grossing films in the industry are directed by women. Shaunna Murphy sat down with MTV to discuss this disparity in the film industry and ways that women are fighting to get their fair share of opportunity.

Full article here: Female Directors

Stranger Things and the Power of Nostalgia

Netflix’s summer hit Stranger Things harnessed the power of nostalgia. And fans had their fair share of fun finding all of the references. Justin Morrow at No Film School discusses how the creators used the power of nostalgia to create their phenomenon.

Full article here: The Power of Nostalgia