Behind the Scenes: La La Land

Paula Schwartz with MovieMaker magazine sat down with Linus Sandgren to discuss the behind the scenes details about how he and director Damien Chazelle directed and filmed everything in La La Land.

Read the full article here: The Camera is a Dancer: DP Linus Sandgren Walks Us Through How He and Damien Chazelle Shot La La Land

Advice and Inspiration from Greta Gerwig

Ken Miyamoto shares some morsels of inspiration from the brilliant mind of Greta Gerwig, the writer and director of Lady Bird. He shares her insight through a series of interviews with the actress turn writer/director. Here are a few highlights:

  • Writing Words that Don’t Look Like They’ve Been Written
  • Taking the Time to Prepare Yourself
  • Story Structure Is Embedded Within Us All
  • You Have to Take the Leap
  • Don’t Judge and Dismiss Your Own Writing
  • Listen to Your Characters
  • Treat Each Character as If They Could Have Their Own Movie About Them
  • Great Screenplays Should Be Like Poetry

Read the full article here: Screenwriting Advice From LADY BIRD Writer/Director Greta Gerwig

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

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

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

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

Essential Lighting Tips

V Renee at No Film School shares advice on set lighting, how to get it, and where to put it.

Watch the video and read the article here: Essential Lighting Tips Every Filmmaker Should Know