Monthly Archives: February 2017

Keep your film dialogue short

For filmmakers and script writers, here’s practical dialogue advice from screenplay expert Michael Ferris: Keep your film dialogue short. “A script is not a play – your goal is NOT to have dialogue that looks like a bunch of monologues. Try to keep 95% of your dialogue to 3 lines or less on the page. […]

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This place of uncertainty we’re in

As with most other professions, we storytellers suffer often from anxiety. It can be merely a nuisance. It can be severely crippling. Zen habit expert Leo Babauta offers solid advice on dealing with our anxiety. After outlining common causes for anxiety, Babauta suggests how to work with it: “Face the physical feeling. Drop out of […]

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YouTube’s push into kids programming

Opportunities for creating story continue to grow as YouTube joins the cast of companies now developing their own original online content. Yvonne Villarreal, in a recent article for The Los Angles Times, says, “With rising competition for eyeballs, YouTube can no longer rely on amateur videos and user-generated content to generate traffic and advertising revenue.” She continues, […]

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Using your iPhone camera to capture good video

A while back I interviewed filmmaker Choice Skinner about his short film A Second Thought. He shot the two-minute film on a two-hour bus ride through city streets. Skinner says, “I decided to shoot it on an iPhone because I knew I would be stealing shots and shooting it on a bus without permits. I also […]

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Showcasing your characters

Donald O’Connor’s physical comedy number Make ‘Em Laugh is one of the most engaging scenes from Singin’ in the Rain. According to Mental Floss, the 1952 movie was conceived by producer Arthur Freed as a vehicle for showcasing songs he’d written. It’s said that song-writer Irving Berlin would conceive a movie idea by assembling a playlist […]

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