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Profiling the 15 Types of Movie Villains

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.05.2015 | Entertainment

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 10.01.2015 | Entertainment

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.

Thinking of Quitting Your Dream? Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Through the Day...

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul

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

Why Do Only 'The Privileged' Make Films?

Elaine McMillion Sheldon | Posted 09.29.2015 | Media
Elaine McMillion Sheldon

Privilege was one of the topics we explored in a 90-minute conversation about race and media at the 2015 Camden International Film Festival. The conversation was a live recording of She Does Podcast, hosted by Sarah Ginsburg and myself.

Why an Emmy-Winning Artist Moved His Family to Nashville

Kevin Thornton | Posted 09.21.2015 | Arts
Kevin Thornton

After 20 years as a makeup effects artist in Los Angeles, Emmy Award-winning Ben Rittenhouse (The Pacific 2010) relocated to Nashville, Tenn. where he now teaches at the Academy of Makeup Arts.

WATCH: Film Student With Down Syndrome Directs His Autobiography

HooplaHa | Posted 09.17.2015 | Good News

Jeff is truly an inspiration; through his warm personality, openness and through the perseverance of everything he's overcome and is now passing on that inspiration through this film.

Transitioning In Plain Sight: I Came Out as Transgender While Making My First Film

Mikki del Monico | Posted 09.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Mikki del Monico

When I broke it down, the script resonated with quests for authenticity, and I couldn't give my best unless I were capable of being authentic myself.

WATCH: L.A. Filmmaker Honors Quadriplegic Friend With Inspirational Movie

HooplaHa | Posted 08.26.2015 | Good News

At the age of seven months, Christopher Rush was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, and his parents were told he would be "no more than a dishrag, and dead by the age of two." Christopher lived to 30, and in that time he achieved more than most able-bodied people do in a lifetime.

Iraq Documentary Filmmaker Turns His Lens on the US Prison Pipeline

Ming Holden | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Ming Holden

Manning's current work on The Odyssey Project film grows out of the belief that relying on that "sophisticated machine" of mainstream media to tell the truth about incarcerated young men of color would be an exercise in futility.

The Unbearable Lightness of Non-Profit Propaganda

Daniela Kon | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Daniela Kon

I became brutally mindful of the BS that clogs up the social change industry, specifically about the lies that we, as content creators, producers, and filmmakers are communicating to the public about the "glorious impacts" that foundations and non-profits have on impoverished communities.

Mom's Day Off: An Unscripted Daycation

Kristie Stumpf Rork | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Kristie Stumpf Rork

My children are ALWAYS with me -- ALWAYS. Not since a year ago, when my father was flown to a hospital in Central New York for emergency surgery, have I been away from my hubby and children for any more than a couple hours.

How to Make Waves in Your Field

Elaine McMillion Sheldon | Posted 08.10.2015 | Media
Elaine McMillion Sheldon

We're in the middle of a podcast explosion, but last year I realized something was missing: stories about women in media, told by women themselves and presented in an artful way.

You Have Something to Say That We Need to Know

Macky Alston | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion
Macky Alston

You were not born for nothing. In you, in the terrific, singular way life has shaped you, there is a truth that is yours to tell. You may say: Not me. You may think: What I have done in this lifetime is to follow orders well. Not true. There is an undercurrent. You dream. You have something to say that we need to hear.

What Is It Like to Visit Pixar Animation Studios?

Quora | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment

A longtime friend of mine has been an animator at Pixar since Ratatouille. He's been gracious enough to send my boys Pixar posters over these last few years. Posters that cover their walls in their rooms.

Top 5 Tips for Your Next Cannes Film Festival

Sonia Laszlo | Posted 06.02.2015 | Entertainment
Sonia Laszlo

The glamorous Cannes Filmfestival is much more than just a film festival where the French welcome world cinema. Apart from one of the most prestigious festivals, it is also a marketplace for many things.

L.A.'s Best Indie Film Festival, Dances With Films, Turns 18

Xaque Gruber | Posted 05.29.2015 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

In 1996, filmmakers Leslee Scallon and Michael Trent made a $50,000 film only to be turned down by every festival. So they organized a festival of their own - it featured their film and fifteen other starless, low-budget indies.

'Disclaimer' -- A Conversation With Renee Knight

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Renee Knight worked for the BBC directing arts documentaries before turning to writing. She has had television and film scripts commissioned by the BBC, Channel Four, and Capital Films. Disclaimer is Renee's first novel.

Meet the Ebola Filmmakers in Liberia

Blair Glencorse | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

The Liberia Film Institute's latest class of filmmakers recently completed a series of short documentaries and dramas dealing with their country's unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Here's a look at some of the student filmmakers behind the project.

What Does the "Boom Guy" Actually Do On a Movie Set?

Quora | Posted 05.18.2015 | Technology

A boom operator works in concert with the sound recordist to position the microphone that records the production audio.

San Francisco Film Society Embraces Innovation, Awareness

David Hunt | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts
David Hunt

The San Francisco International Film Festival kicks off its theater takeover every late April. This year's opening night film was Oscar winner Alex Gibney's "Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine."

A Talk With Epiphany Morgan and Carl Mason

Erin McKelle | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
Erin McKelle

Filmmakers and life partners Epiphany Morgan and Carl Mason talked to 365 strangers in the last year, as they set out to create a new bite-sized documentary (they call them docobites) every day about a stranger they met during their adventures.

How Do They Shoot So Many Movies in the Busy Streets of New York City?

Quora | Posted 05.07.2015 | New York

NYC is actually VERY film-friendly, even if you're an indie filmmaker with nothing but pocket lint. First, stating the obvious. If you're not using more than a tripod and otherwise hand-held equipment, you can film wherever you want in NYC as long as you let people through when they want to go through.

Thomas Hart Benton Takes Hollywood

J. Michael Welton | Posted 06.17.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Before he became known as America's most famous artist in the 1930s, Thomas Hart Benton was painting backdrops for filmmakers in Fort Lee, New Jersey, known now as the first Hollywood. That's right: Between 1913 and 1917 Benton was watching and assisting film directors as they told their stories on a huge scale. And he took copious notes.

A Detour Through Microbudget Filmmaking

Anthony L. Fisher | Posted 06.17.2015 | Arts
Anthony L. Fisher

I wish "Detour: Hollywood" had been written before I embarked on my beautiful and totally irrational microbudget filmmaking journey. The book surely would have helped spare me a few avoidable mistakes, and assured me that my struggles might be unusual, but are in no way unique.

What I Learned From This Legendary Filmmaker

Jen Mazer | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Jen Mazer

My background is as an artist. And I think that's what truly makes me the Queen of Manifestation. I'm all about you creating your own life.