Parents, Don’t Kill Your Child’s Career Before It Starts

Parents, this article is for you. Todd Etelson with Backstage gives some insights on the parent’s role in a child’s acting career. It may feel like tough love or a hard pill to swallow, and it’s by no means anyone’s intention to tell you how to raise your child or how to manage their career, this is just a set of etiquette rules to keep in mind as your helping your child reach their goals and support their career.

Read full article here: Parents, Don’t Kill Your Child’s Career Before It Starts

How to Create a Convincing Setting in Your Screenplay

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”  – Anton Chekhov

Eric Owusu at The Script Lab discusses how to create a convincing setting and how important the right setting is to your story.

Read the full article here: How To Create a Convincing Setting in Your Screenplay


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

16mm or no?

Jon Fusco at No Film School weighs the pros and cons of shooting on 16mm film in a very digital age.

Read the full article here: Should You Shoot on 16mm?

Behind the Camera with Bruno Delbonnel

Jon Fusco at No Film School uses the films Amelie and Inside Llewyn Davis to discuss the filmmaking techniques of Oscar-nominated cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel.

See the full video and article here: DP Bruno Delbonnel

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

The Importance of the Little Details in Film.

V Renee at No Film School uses the film Winter’s Bone as a model for her discussion in why props and costumes have significance and importance in films.

Read the full article here: The Devil is in the Details

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