Writing requires a tremendous amount of work and that work often happens in phases. If you were to look at the first drafts of Hamilton or Harry Potter, they would look undeniably different from their final products. First, you brainstorm. Then you create outlines about your story, the characters, the plot, and every other detail imaginable. Writers do this several times in several different ways. Then they write the first of many drafts. Ken Miyamoto with ScreenCraft discusses the difference between outlines, treatments, and scriptments and how each of them is important to the story development process.
Read the full article here: Outlines, Treatments, and Scriptments, Oh My!
Attention Actors!! Tax season is upon us. It’s never really a fun subject to discuss, but it is very important piece of the business side of being an actor. So to help, Angela Anderson at Backstage compiled a guide to filing taxes as a working actor. Yes, working as an actor and in the field of entertainment is such fun work, but there are some serious and boring aspects of it, but those serious and boring things are very important to take care of.
Read the full article here: The Actors’ Guide to Filing Taxes
Getting ready for an audition? Want to know what will impress the casting directors? Well, your friend, Amanda Florian, at Backstage has compiled advice from fourteen casting directors as to what you can do to knock their socks off. Break a leg!
Read full article here: 14 Casting Directors on How to Impress in the Audition Room
Still don’t believe in Cinderella stories? Still don’t think crazy dreams come true? Well, think again. Liz Hannah’s first screenplay, The Post, was directed by Spielberg, starred Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, was nominated for Golden Globes, and now is nominated for Academy Awards. Amy Nicholson of the Washington Post discusses the story behind the film’s birth.
read the full article here: How a writer defied ‘one in a million’ odds to get her first movie made by Steven Spielberg
Jamie Irvine at Backstage provides an expansive reading list of books and plays to help actors perfect their technique and craft. Whether you’re a writer or an actor, reading preexisting material such as books, plays or screenplays, is essential to your development and growth as an artist and these books and plays listed are worthy of adding to your current list.
Read the full article here: The Ultimate Reading List for Actors
Sarah Cool shares Overall Adventures insights on a thing called stream of consciousness writing. What it is is simply sitting down with a journal or at a computer and literally writing everything that comes through your head as it comes to you. They explain the benefits of using this technique of writing and how it can help you create the world you want in your head and on paper, but can also help you solve problems in your real world.
Full article and video here: Stream Of Consciousness Writing
Right now Hollywood is going through a massive shift in recognizing its lack of diversity both in front of and behind the camera, and efforts are being made to make stories where people of frequently underrepresented demographics such as women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community are represented as strong, human characters and not merely personifications of stereotypes.
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Read the full article here: The Next Bechdel Test
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
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’
Feedback is a BIG part of working in a creative profession, more so than in others. Most feedback is intended to be constructive, helpful, and send your project in a stronger direction. However, some feedback has the opposite effect. Susan DeFreitas provides some tips on how to spot feedback that is genuinely toxic and how to handle it when you encounter it.
Read full article here: How to Spot Toxic Feedback: 7 Signs That the Writing Advice You’re Getting May Do More Harm Than Good