Story tricks from Spielberg’s BFG

Spielberg is an icon and a legend for good reason. Shanee Edwards with ScreenwritingU Magazine dissects the film to study seven story tricks screenwriters can use when creating children’s films.

Read the full article here: Spielberg gets all Spielbergian on The BFG: 7 great story tricks we learned from the cinematic giant

Symbolic: Top Trio

Michael Schlif with The Script Lab discusses the three key characters in a film. Schlif refers to them as the top trio: the shadow, the ghost, and the idol.

Read the full article here: Symbolic: Top Trio

Hollins Grads at Work: Anna Fahr

One of our recent alumnae, Anna Fahr, has just released a teaser trailer for her newest project Places in Between. Anna began her script in our 507 level workshop (our intermediate level workshop), rewrote it in our advanced tutorial class (a one-on-one rewrite class with a professor), and pitched it during our annual pitch night. The teaser can be viewed on Vimeo now.

We are so proud of you, Anna!! This looks absolutely dazzling. We can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

View the teaser trailer here: Now on Vimeo: Teaser Trailer Places in Between by Hollins Grad, Anna Fahr

In the Moment with Viola Davis

This is a short little blip of a round table interview with several actors, but I think what Viola Davis says about acting can be just as true for writers: You have to get uncomfortable sometimes. As writers, you’re extracting the inner workings of your mind and your emotions, putting them on paper for display, and allowing other people dissect and critique it. That can be very scary and intimidating. At least for me it can be. But you have to give yourself permission to let that out – because it could be a brighter gem than you realized; and you can’t polish that gem if you never dig it up.

Viola Davis: “The Discomfort is the Comfort”

Wise words from Philip Seymour Hoffman

The late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman shares some strong advice for actors just getting started.

Watch the full video here: Wise words from Philip Seymour Hoffman

A deep dive into character: Ken Biller and Noah Pink on Genius

Ken Biller and Noah Pink talk with Ramona Zacharias about writing the new biographical series on Albert Einstein and how they, with director Ron Howard, wanted to make this different from the standard biographical show. The new series on now airing on National Geographic.

Read full interview here: A deep dive into character: Ken Biller and Noah Pink on Genius

Being “open to receive luck”

The incredible Bryan Cranston opens up about ambition, his craft, and how everyone should be “open to receiving luck” when it comes their way.

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca

Watch the full video here: Bryan Cranston on craft, ambition and being “open to receive luck”

5 Storytelling Lessons from Bill Murray

John Bucher with LA Screenwriter extracts five storytelling lessons from the work of the legendary Bill Murray. He uses examples from films such as Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation, Groundhog Day, St. Vincent, and Rock the Kasbah to help illustrate each point. And seriously, who doesn’t love Bill Murray?

Read full article here: 5 Storytelling Lessons from Bill Murray

Words of Wisdom from Grand Master Jane Yolen

If you grew up in the United States, there’s no way you made it out of high school without reading one of Jane Yolen’s books. If you teach young children, there’s no way you’ve never seen her name on a book cover. The prolific writer offers advice, encouragement, and motivation to just WRITE THE DAMN BOOK! Happy writing, friends.

Read the full article here: Grand Master Jane Yolen on Why It’s Important to Just ‘Write the Damn Book’

Unpacking Billy Wilder’s 10 Screenwriting Tips

Zeke from the New York Film Academy discusses Billy Wilder’s ten pieces of screenwriting advice.

Read the full article here: Unpacking Billy Wilder’s 10 Screenwriting Tips