28 March, 2010

Disney's Copy Paste

Though to be fair, animation is hard so you can't blame them for taking short cuts. Lots and lots of short cuts.

25 March, 2010

Watch comedy musical: "Me and My Dick"

"Joey Richter is a boy with a very special relationship with his very best friend... his Dick! Together they face the trials of growing up, love, sex and high school, but these two best pals are in for the adventure of a life-time in this new musical. It's a coming of age story with a climax you won't believe!"

"Student musical smashes Billboard charts" - Huffington Post

24 March, 2010

David Mamet's editorial notes for TV show

"But note: the audience will not tune in to watch information. You wouldn’t, I wouldn’t. No one would or will. The audience will only tune in and stay tuned to watch drama.

Here are the danger signals. Any time two characters are talking about a third, the scene is a crock of shit.

Any time any character is saying to another “as you know”, that is, telling another character what you, the writer, need the audience to know, the scene is a crock of shit.

Do *not* write a crock of shit. Write a ripping three, four, seven minute scene which moves the story along, and you can, very soon, buy a house in Bel Air *and* hire someone to live there for you.

I close with the one thought: look at the *scene* and ask yourself “is it dramatic? Is it *essential*? Does it advance the plot?

Answer truthfully.

If the answer is “no” write it again or throw it out."

Article in full

11 March, 2010

"James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy"

James Cameron's big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic -- from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving -- and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits "Aliens," "The Terminator," "Titanic" and "Avatar."

10 March, 2010

Free ebook on building a creative career in the digital age

For a limited time, the Fans Friends and Followers e-book will be available for free download. It has already sold thousands of copies.

"Fans, Friends & Followers is divided into three sections: an opening essay that lays out some of the “new rules” for using digital tools to build a fan base and an economically-viable creative career; a set of 30 interviews with filmmakers, musicians, writers, visual artists, and others who have been in the forefront of this revolution; and a “toolbox” at the end that explores the business models, sites, and services artists are using to build a solid foundation for their work."

Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer

by BriTANicK

05 March, 2010

TV writers talk: Bill Lyons & Gwyneth Hughes

"In this session, TV writers Bill Lyons (Emmerdale) and Gwyneth Hughes (Five Days) explain how their careers got started, how the relationship with commissioners and production companies works and reveal their tricks to creating characters audiences care about."

Screen Yorkshire)

03 March, 2010

WIF Foundation Film Finishing Fund

The Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) supports films by, for or about women by providing cash grants of up to $15,000 and in-kind services. The new grant cycle is currently open and WIFF FFF is accepting submissions. Filmmakers who are eligible can find more information through our online application.

The application period is March 23 - April 30, 2010,
with winners notified August 15, 2010.

More details

02 March, 2010