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

Writing Cards

This is arguably one of the best things I’ve ever run into. One writer did something quite clever and brilliant, instead of asking for photos with the renowned creators they met, they collected pieces of advice written on a notecard. That collection of notecards has been compiled into a website full of words or wisdom, encouragement, and necessary butt-kickings from the creators of your favorite work. Read up and get inspired. And don’t forget to eat lunch 🙂

See full website here: Their Writing Cards

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”

5 Ways You Can Determine If Your Script Is Done

One of the biggest mysteries for a creative person: is my work done? Well, Ken Miyamoto with ScreenCraft created a handy list to help you determine if and when your script is done, and what steps come next.

Read the full article here: 5 Ways You Can Determine If Your Script Is Done

New York Approves $5 Million in Incentives to Hire Women and Minorities

Thom Geier at The Wrap discusses the State of New York’s new initiative to promote women in the film industry by offering $5 million dollars in incentives to have women and minorities hired in more prominent roles such as writers and directors. Let’s see if other states can follow that lead.

New York Approves $5 Million in Incentives to Hire Women, Minorities as TV Writers and Directors

Music for your Screenplay

Christopher Osterndorf with Script Lab uses the summer 2017 film Baby Driver as a model to discuss how to incorporate music into your screenplays.

Read full article here: Screenwriting 101: How to Incorporate Music in your Screenplay

20 Rising Female Filmmakers You Need to Know

Women filmmakers are getting more and more attention these days – finally. Here’s a list of twenty female filmmakers who are getting more attention and definitely deserve more of yours.

See full list here: 20 Rising Female Filmmakers You Need to Know

6 Filmmaking Tips from ‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins

Patty Jenkins became a household name with the 2017 release of the box office annihilating film Wonder Woman. Here are six pieces of advice from the record-breaking director herself.

Read full article here: 6 Filmmaking Tips from ‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins

Nine Tips for Filmmakers Struggling to Make Their Short Film

Ken Miyamoto at ScreenCraft offers some sage advice for new filmmakers struggling to make their short films.

Read the full article here: 9 Tips for Filmmakers Struggling to Make Their Short Film

Six Rules from Oscar-Winning Editor Walter Murch

V Renee at No Film School discusses Walter Murch’s six rules for editing your film. He’s got two Oscars under his belt, so you might wanna listen 🙂

6 ‘Rules’ for Good Cutting According to Oscar-Winning Editor Walter Murch