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Re-Truth Your Past

Jen Grisanti | Posted 08.10.2011 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

Your past, with all its beautiful and haunted memories, is written in your mind. What if you could learn how to access your past and "re-truth" it?

Write Better Stories; Go "Inside Story"

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.30.2011 | Books
Abe Schwartz

It seems everyone's looking to tell better stories these days. Peter Guber's Tell to Win and Seth Godin's All Marketers are Liars are both wildly popu...

Au Contraire: Double Take -- Another Look at The King's Speech

Glenn Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Glenn Young

In Bertie's first visit to Lionel's den, Lionel solves the prince's stammering riddle that has bedeviled every orthodox voice specialist. The movie inexplicably ignores this momentous plot point.

What I Learned From Screenwriting

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Hoyt Hilsman

While these tools may seem basic, I found that a great lesson of screenwriting was to pay attention to these fundamentals, even as I tackled more sophisticated writing projects.

Writing Is My Lady

Mark C. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark C. Miller

So, I'm having a Rat Pack moment the other day, sipping a martini and listening to Frank Sinatra singing "L.A. Is My Lady," when it strikes me that writing Is my lady.

Going Indie: From Screenwriter to Publisher

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Hoyt Hilsman

For now I am enjoying the freedom -- and rewards -- of being my own publisher. And I am looking forward to the prospect of publishing the next book in my series of thrillers early next year.

Drawing From Your Emotional Well

Jen Grisanti | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

We all have a story. Everyday, our story grows. Some days are good days and we feel joy and a strong sense of accomplishment. While other days somethi...

You Kill Me

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

I was 20 minutes late when I arrived at the theatre. It was a small joint carved out of an old retail space and the metal door squeaked loudly as I pu...

"Cinema Language" Speaking to My Rewrites

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Abe Schwartz

Recently I had the chance to attend Cinema Language, taught by Tom Provost and presented by Mark Stolaroff of the No Budget Film School. I've attended...

Don't Clap For Me, Argentina

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

The first time I ever appeared on stage was in a high school play. I was at the time, a nerdy, nervous 15 year-old with bad skin who had only audition...

As Seen on TV

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

About a year ago, I came out of "theatrical" retirement to act in a play here in Los Angeles. During the run I was interviewed by a local arts reporte...

The Language of Cinema

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Abe Schwartz

How can I write stronger characters and improve my storytelling? How can I keep my audience even more engaged? How can my production aesthetics get better?

Bibliography: A True Confession

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

I have a book festish for the back matter of biographies and histories. I toggle between "selected" and "annotated," and back again. I even test the dreaded "further reading," but it just seemed too pushy.

Finding Your Voice

Jen Grisanti | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

Finding your voice is the key to your expression as an artist. No matter what the platform is, if the artist learns to create from their core, the message will be received.

An Openly Optimistic Letter to Performing Artists Freaking Out About Relevance During Hard Times

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

The change of perspective we offer as artists can become a change of heart, then a change of mind, then a change in life. Our fiction then, is our prediction.

Reaching Artistic Moments

Jen Grisanti | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

Artistic moments occur when we have hit the pinnacle of our craft. It's these moments that artists strive for. What goes into an artistic moment? It i...

He-Man and Voltron Screenwriter Speaks Out on Hollywood Machine

Brandon Perkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brandon Perkins

It was Justin Marks who was set to write films based on He-Man, Voltron, Street Fighter and Green Arrow -- a Comic Con explosion of fan-boy projects if there ever was one.

From Cape Town with Love: Our Journey from Book to Vook (VIDEO)

Tananarive P. Due | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tananarive P. Due

To squeeze our story down to Vook size, we had to chop a 350-page novel down to about 85 pages. And our deadline was a matter of days.

Anyone Can Be a Producer: Part 1

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

You can shoot top-quality HD video on a DSLR camera. What does this mean for people looking to make careers out of producing video content?

I Love Being a Writer -- Except for the Writing

Mark C. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

It's no secret that when it comes to sitting down to actually doing the writing, we writers excel at procrastination. If, anywhere within a five mil...

Indie Filmmaking Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

I wrote the first draft script forBad Batch, my first feature, about 3 years ago. I joined a writer's group in which the challenge was to write a full screenplay in 2 weeks. This got my ass in gear to write something I knew I eventually would want to direct on a tight budget.

The Waiting Room

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Dean Bottrell

I've never been a particularly patient person. I came from a family of slow-moving people who seemed to think that life was something that just unfold...

Allegra Huston Aims Her Creative Storm at NASA's Mission Control

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Georgianne Nienaber

It is appropriate that journalist and memoirist Allegra Huston conducts regular writing workshops called "The Imaginative Storm." If the name Huston...

Freelancer Exodus

Hava Volterra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Hava Volterra

LA is a city of strivers. And sometimes freelance work is more suitable for those types. The problem is that those gigs are among the first to be cut when companies are under pressure.

Braving New Trails to the Web and Beyond with Screenwriter Aaron Mendelsohn

Jeffrey Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeffrey Berman

During the recent Writers Strike, Aaron brought together a group of top writers from Hollywood to launch Virtual Artists, Inc., a writer-owned studio that produces sponsor-supported "water cooler" entertainment for the Web.