If you haven't seen Moviescope before, it's a glossy 82 page full colour magazine "by filmmakers, for filmmakers".
While I was interested in the writing articles, I didn't think I would be so interested in what the other film-makers had to say but it's a collaborative medium and it's useful to know what the issues are for the whole industry and what's involved with other crafts and services.
There hasn't been a duff issue yet and I'd even recommend getting the back issues (if they're not sold out) but should the fiver price tag be putting you off, I'll just go through the contents of the latest one, page by page, so you can see if it's worth it or not:
Consisting of property pick-ups, casting news, industry and festival news.
Report from the Rotterdam film festival
Has interesting insights on why some independent films fail.
A distributor's tale
Very interesting article from a member of the unsung heroes, independent distributors.
The writer-director tells his story including how he sold his first script for peanuts in a non-union contract but it ended up making the producers millions. And also how this script ended up being worth more than money.
Cosgrove Hall's Managing Director
An interview with the animation head, including discussion on Save Kids TV
A feature on this award winning film and the hassle it has had for humanising both Israelis and Arabs. "This script took ages to complete. I was stuck with it for years. I was constantly trying to push it to more dramatic ends."
The Save the Cat author in an extensive interview: "I think story requirements are a good thing - something that makes us resonate, that we all have to pay attention to as writers. That doesn't stop you from making each story your own."
I met the man and we had a nice long chat after a screening in Birmingham. It was inspiring. For him, I wasn't too fussed. Here, the legend is interviewed about new movie Honeydrippers. (not The Spiderwick Chronicles)
This is the main cover story and the director is interviewed about the awesome Spiderwick Chronicles and the intro to this explains about the story decisions Sayles made. The interview proper covers special effects and child actors. Embarrassingly I didn't realise a) Freddie Highmore was British and b) he played both the brothers until I saw him interviewed after the film. I'd like to think it was due to Highmore being the best young actor in a generation and not due to me being incredibly thick.
The writer-director of the very brilliant Son of Rambow in interview. "Don't give up. You've just got to do your thing and try to enjoy it as much as you can."
An article about how you needn't be confined to within four walls. With examples that have worked. *********
An editor dude is interviewed about his craft. "I sit down to focus on each scene as it is its own 'little movie' with a beginning, middle and end. I'm obsessive about looking for what exactly is needed to deliver that scene's meaning." Which echoes what Lavandier says in his book.
Another article but a general one about the state of play. The pull quote is my mantra and too often ignored: "Filmmakers need to learn about the marketing elements as part of the creative process of filmmaking."