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Got Writer's Block? Get Flowstate

Jesse Damiani | Posted 02.01.2016 | Media
Jesse Damiani

So you've finally decided to write that Great American Novel. Or maybe you need to jot down some notes for your next paper. Close your current word...

Purgatory? (or Just Paying Our Dues?)

Kelly Hughes | Posted 02.03.2016 | Entertainment
Kelly Hughes

In the early '80s, I did sound for an unauthorized stage adaptation of the flop movie musical Grease 2. And by "sound" I mean switching back and f...

Dancing In Abandoned Places with Austen Browne

Jeff Kelley | Posted 01.26.2016 | Arts
Jeff Kelley

I can remember when I first found Austen Browne's work on Instagram. The ability to upload video was still relatively new to the app, and I was sea...

Making A Documentary With No Money

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 01.25.2016 | Entertainment
Jonny von Wallström

Making your first feature documentary is hard, and it's a process that you rarely get a close look at. This is why I decided to start documenting my...

9 Tips for Filmmakers Struggling to Make Their Short Film

ScreenCraft | Posted 02.02.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

The rite of passage for any filmmaker is making that first short film, which is where filmmakers cut their teeth and truly come of age. They learn about filmmaking by making a lot of mistakes -- big and small.

New Age Creators

Kaavya Raman | Posted 12.22.2015 | Entertainment
Kaavya Raman

YouTube has become a platform that launches new minds and ideas; it has the power to create the biggest names in filmmaking, music, art, and design....

Collaboration Now

Todd Felderstein | Posted 12.21.2015 | Entertainment
Todd Felderstein

"Collaboration" is the catch word that is bandied about when describing the show business industry. We thrive on lunches, conference calls and writers' rooms. You would think with all of these partnerships this would be the happiest place on earth, a community of calm where executives and creatives share suggestions throughout their eight-hour workday.

Indie Filmmaker, Kris Swanberg, on Her Film, Unexpected, and Finding Balance

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.17.2015 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

There has been a lot of talk lately about the lack of female directors in Hollywood. For indie director Kris Swanberg, the pressures in filmmaking center more around finding the balance between directing and motherhood.

An Indie (Independent) Film Producer's Foray in the World of Film Distribution

Nipa Shah | Posted 12.07.2015 | Entertainment
Nipa Shah

So I attended #Cannes2015 in beautiful Nice, France, in May 2015 (my first time there). I also attended the #AmericanFilmMarket (#AFM) in Santa Monic...

Five Reasons to Sail Into By The Sea

Greg Archer | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

Oh, to be back in the 1970s when opportunities to experience real cinema were more frequent and the likes of Paramount Pictures studio chief Robert...

Award-Winning Sex-Change Documentary Call Me Marianna Brightens Polish Film Festival in America

Greg Archer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

Faith, trust and the courage to live as the person you know yourself to be all come into play in Karolina Bielawska's moving, award-winning documentary Call Me Marianna. The film has been turning heads at film festivals around the world.

Academy Award-Winning Disney Animation Producer Kristina Reed On Oscar Experience, Animation, and Short Films

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ...

'A Town Called Brzostek' Among the Compelling Documentaries at the 27th Polish Film Festival in America

Greg Archer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

English professor and social anthropologist Jonathan Webber may not have known the full extent of his actions when he first felt compelled to rebuild a cemetery in the bucolic Polish town of Brzostek, where his grandfather was born.

7 Things to Do Before You Submit Your Screenplay to Anyone

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.04.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ...

Family Filmmaking: A Creative, Collaborative Approach to PTSD

Ben Patton | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Ben Patton

Multiple IED blasts didn't kill Navy demolitions expert John Muchetti. But the lesions they left on his brain today cause epileptic-like symptoms including psychotic episodes, slurred speech, loss of balance, and passing out.

23 Reasons Why a Screenwriter's Script Is Rejected

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ...

Filmmaking as a Tool for Conservation

Kate Neligan | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Kate Neligan

Filmmakers are gifted with the power of the moving image to enlighten, educate and inspire audiences and activate social change. One of the best ways ...

Screenwriting Infographic: What Scripts Win Oscars and Where Do Others Fail?

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.22.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Learn the history behind what genres are most successful in the eyes of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. And learn where screenplays fall short.

How to Actually Make a Successful Short Film (Without Film Festivals or "Going Viral")

Dean Silvers | Posted 10.21.2015 | Entertainment
Dean Silvers

Years from now, are you going to think about that internet video that got a million views your friend sent you, or that film that changed your life?

Storytelling Master Robert McKee Discusses Story, Writing Philosophy and Screenwriting

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Robert McKee occupies a unique position in modern storytelling. His teachings have spread beyond the screen to influence all media.

Why Do So Many Chase the "Impossible" Screenwriting Dream?

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

It's common knowledge that screenwriting is a seemingly impossible career venture for a majority that attempt it, yet thousands upon thousands of people each year are writing screenplays in hopes of attaining that ultimate dream of becoming a professional screenwriter.

Top Ten TED Talks on Storytelling and Filmmaking

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.15.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

From JJ Abrams to James Cameron, some of the world's most celebrated storytellers and filmmakers have given their "TED Talk." Topics range from viral videos to the secret source of creativity.

Ten Amazing Discussions on Screenwriting and Filmmaking From the Masters of Cinema

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.16.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

The beauty of cinema is that it is and always has been such an organic storytelling medium and art form as ideas, concepts, genres, and styles are ever evolving based off of what has come before, accompanied by the contemporary discoveries that have and will come to be.

Profiling the 15 Types of Movie Villains

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Before we get into the logistics of what makes a villain a villain, what drives them, and what types of villains fit best into any given genre or story, we must first define the word and differentiate it from another classic cinematic term -- "antagonist."

Top 15 Most Iconic Movie Moments That Weren't in the Script

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.15.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Right before Han Solo is encased in carbonite, Leia says, "I love you." Han Solo's scripted reply was "I love you, too," but after numerous takes, Harrison Ford and director Irvin Kirschner felt the line just wasn't working.