Category Archives: Filmmaking

Passionate visual storytellers

Have you seen the Storyhunter website? Check it out. Storyhunters are “award-winning video professionals ready to go on assignment for you. They are passionate visual storytellers. They are filmmakers. They are editors, creative directors, video journalists, producers, sound recorders, animators. They tell authentic stories. They are on the ground and they never back down from […]

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Looking for story ideas? Try the supermarket.

Looking for story ideas? Try the supermarket. Writers welcome story ideas. Often those ideas come from inspiration, from notes, from good old ass-in-chair work. But sometimes you’re just plain stuck. Try looking and listening while you’re shopping in the supermarket. The other day I spied a man in a kilt in Trader Joe’s market. It […]

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Create colorful female characters

Here’s a recommendation from actress Geena Davis on inhabiting your scripts and stories with female characters: “Go through the projects you’re already working on and change a bunch of the characters’ first names to women’s names. With one stroke you’ve created some colorful unstereotypical female characters that might turn out to be even more interesting […]

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Web series: a more intimate experience

A throwback thought from an interview I did four years ago with Mildred Lewis, writer, producer, Assistant Professor at Chapman University: One of the core truths of writing a web series: it ain’t television or movies. Sure, they have common elements. As Mildred Lewis, co-creator of the web series Etiquette, says, “Good writing is good writing is […]

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You have to play

Student Filmmakers magazine offers insights on filmmaking: “Like sports, it’s not enough to be a fan and to watch. You have to play. The important thing is to just shoot. Even if it’s not a masterpiece, you learn every time you make another project, no matter how short or simple… Just do it.”  ~Larry Fong, ASC (Batman […]

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