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: Jared M. Gordon

More Hollins Grads on the move!! Alum Jared Gordon recently released his project Multiple Choice. Here’s what Jared had to say about his the project:

“Multiple Choice is about Helen, an overachiever who, on the day of a final exam, must decide between receiving the test answers or discovering the identity of a secret admirer… There was a lot I wanted to say with this. It ultimately came down to the theme of living life being more important than grades. I wanted to show a compelling reversal from a character who was grade-obsessed to a one who demonstrated a willingness to take risks. I was lucky to work with very talented students and fellow faculty members, and I’m very pleased with how it came out.”

You can see the full film on Vimeo. Congratulations Jared! We are so proud of you!

Now on Vimeo: Multiple Choice by Hollins Grad Jared M. Gordon

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

The Power of Vulnerability

2017 Sundance Screenwriting Fellow Edson Oda discusses vulnerability and how it can empower you creatively as writer and filmmaker.

Read the full article here: EXPLORING THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY IN SCREENWRITING

Lessons from Disney’s Zootopia

Ken Miyamoto from ScreenCraft breaks down the Disney film Zootopia to extract and discuss three big lessons for screenwriters to use in their stories.

Read full article here: Three Screenwriting Lessons that Disney’s “Zootopia” Can Teach Screenwriters

Learn How to Take Creative Risk

Lauren Sapala with Screenwriting U Magazine discusses the importance of taking a creative risk. She includes an activity that writers can use to help them overcome fears and anxieties about the possible outcome of their work. Once you can overcome those, then the magic can happen 🙂

Read the full article here: Want to Be the Next Big Screenwriter? Why You’ve Got to Learn How to Take Creative Risk

Writing the Buddy-Cop Movie

Shanee Edwards uses the film The Nice Guys to provide five helpful screenwriting insight for writing a buddy-cop movie.

Read full article here: The Nice Guys: 5 Tips for writing a buddy-cop movie

Reverse Engineering Your Screenplay

Indie Film Academy provides an interesting technique for getting your screenplay finished: reverse engineering. That’s a simple way of saying work backward. This may help you get over that seemingly impossible bump in the road or give you a new way to look at the writing process. Give a whirl and see how it works for you. Happy writing!

Read full article here: Reverse Engineering Your Screenplay

Why Screenwriters Should Embrace The Heroine’s Journey

Most writers are familiar with the Hero’s Journey and could use it to map out just about any story – on screen or in print. But a new age is flourishing in storytelling, especially in film: the Heroine’s Journey. Ken Miyamoto at ScreenCraft discusses the heroine’s journey and how it differs from the traditional hero’s journey.

Why Screenwriters Should Embrace The Heroine’s Journey