Writing a drama pilot? This should help.

Geoff Harris at Save the Cat provides uses the pilot episode of the show Breaking Bad as a model to explain how drama pilots are broken down and structured.

Breaking Bad Pilot Beat Sheet by Geoff Harris

I Needed Color

When most people think of Jim Carrey, they think of actor known for his goofy, zany roles such as Dr. Seuss’s Grinch or Ace Ventura. Well, the actor recently released a mini documentary on Vimeo that revealed a completely different side of himself and an astonishingly amazing talent: painting. The video went viral as people were amazed and surprised at the hidden artistic talent and the pearls of wisdom that he shared.

What I admired about this was not only the incredible artistic talent, but the ability of Mr. Carrey to channel whatever emotions or experiences he had – sometimes dark and painful – into something bright, beautiful, and worth sharing. Internal battles are the hardest to fight and I’m so happy that he was able to find that healthy outlet in something that created the good kind of surprise in the world, the kind of surprise that makes people smile and say “have you seen this!?” as they can’t wait to share it with the world because it is just so darn amazing.

I guess the takeaway from this is that writers can do the same thing. Use the pain, love, joy, heartache, elation, whatever, and use it to create something that the world can’t help but notice and share.

Mr. Carrey, I sincerely hope brighter days are ahead for you right now. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible talent with the world and showing people that it CAN be done. You can take whatever darkness you see, hear, and feel in the world and turn it into light. Keep shining, sir. The world appreciates your light.

Watch Full mini documentary here: Jim Carrey: I Needed Color

Canadian National Film Board seeks female cinematographers, composers, writers

As gender equality becomes more of a discussion, more and more industries are increasing their efforts to hire women and find ways to keep them. THE GLOBE AND MAIL recently discussed how the Canadian National Film Board is seeking out female cinematographers, composers, and writers – sections of the industry that are normally dominated by men.

Read full article here: National Film Board seeks female cinematographers, composers, writers

Resource Map for Women Filmmakers

Ladies, this one is for you! The folks at the Sundance Institute compiled a list of resources and tools specifically for women in the film industry. I hope you find this helpful. Enjoy!

Click here: RESOURCE MAP FOR WOMEN FILMMAKERS

Screenwriting Wisdom from the Screenwriter Behind “Fight Club”

Ken Miyamoto at ScreenCraft sat down with Jim Uhls to offer insight on writing, original work versus an adaptation, how to interview your characters, making both the analytical and intuitive sides of your brain to work together, tricks for pitch meetings, and how to handle that unavoidable demon known as writer’s block.

Read full article and watch full interview here: Screenwriting Wisdom from the Screenwriter Behind “Fight Club”

Lynda Obst’s No-B.S. Advice for Fighting Hollywood Gender Inequality

Producer Lynda Obst wrote an insightful guest column for Hollywood Reporter on how to fight gender inequality in the film industry. She even argues that the film industry is the best industry for women and minorities as she points out the progress that has been made over the past few years while also reminding us that we have a lot more work to do.

Read the full article here: Producer Lynda Obst’s No-B.S. Advice for Fighting Hollywood Gender Inequality (Guest Column)

Write Club: 5 Choices You Must Make Before You Start Writing

Welcome to Write Club. The first rule of write club is… just kidding. (Sorry, I had to.) We’re writers not fighters, so talk about write club all you want. The folks at ScreenCraft discuss five choices a writer must make before they begin writing their story. These five questions will help guide the writer through the development of their story as well as help the writer figure out how their story will influence the genre.

Read the full article here: Write Club: 5 Choices You Must Make Before You Start Writing

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