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The Show Must Go On

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 01.30.2015 | Entertainment
Stacy Slotnick

Things go awry in life. Things go colossally awry in the entertainment business: Musicians cancel hours before televised concerts and screenwriters get creative cold feet. However, the two true tales below prove the entertainment universe rewards inventive action.

The Life Out Loud: Fostering a Creative Community

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.14.2014 | Arts
MeiMei Fox

I'm not afraid to say, and I say it with zero ego, but when it comes to the dreams of those who choose a life of creating for film, television and the...

How To Make The Most Of The Austin Film Festival

Greg Garrett | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Greg Garrett

I don't go to the Austin Film Festival because I want to shop my script or make connections with producers and directors, although people do both of those things here.

Causing Success: What Is Your Why?

Jen Grisanti | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Jen Grisanti

While studying the TV pilots for the upcoming Fall season, I noticed that many of them start with a set up of the personal dilemma for the central character. This gives the audience a point of connection in the story. In fiction and in life, there is tremendous value in starting with why.

The Theory of Everything Producer Talks Screenwriting and Stephen Hawking

Quora | Posted 11.15.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

I first became inspired by the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Hawking story in 1988, with the publication of A Brief History of Time, when I, and 10 million other readers,were blissfully bamboozled by this incredibly profound work.

Sally Kirkland's Triumphant Return in 'Archaeology of a Woman'

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.09.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

This week, making its New York City premiere, Writer/Director Sharon Greytak's gripping Archaeology of a Woman, plunges deeper into the portrait of dementia and its disturbing effects than any other recent film on the subject.

@TheGiverMovie Joins #AOLBUILD

AOL BUILD | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD A best-selling novel and 1994 Newbery Medal winner written by Lois Lowry, The Giver is making the jump from the school cu...

The Whitewashing Of James Brown

Gregory Allen Howard | Posted 09.30.2014 | Black Voices
Gregory Allen Howard

James Brown was the blackest entertainer in the history of America. The blackest. There was nothing integrationist about his art, at all. He never tried to crossover. You had to come to him. He was iconic and not just musically.

Stop Spamming Me On Twitter! Interview with Screenwriter Joe Wilson

Rachel Thompson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

Human beings are made of stories and having the chance to have told a few stories to a small group of people, all over the world, that wasn't achieved by marketing, that was made possible by human beings helping other human beings tell a story.

Autism Doesn't Hold Back Filmmaker

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Gregory G. Allen

Being an autism advocate, I come in contact with people all the time that are at different points on the spectrum. Recently, I received an email from...

Everyone's Right. Everyone's Wrong. What Do We Do Now?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Blake "Save the Cat" Snyder Every day, before I do almost anything else, I send out a barrage of tweets and Facebook posts. First, I schedule t...

Hell Yeah! to Produced By Conference

Abe Schwartz | Posted 08.17.2014 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

If you're an emerging producer (who perhaps also writes, directs, acts, etc.) who lacks not in passion but sometimes in direction and focus, Produced By Conference should be a "Hell Yeah!" for you each June.

Creating Moments At The Big Island Film Festival 2014

Jen Grisanti | Posted 08.10.2014 | Hawaii
Jen Grisanti

It is all about celebrating the moments that touch our hearts, awaken our curiosity, lead us to a new life perspective, open a different door into a story and give us hope.

Margery Walshaw: A Literary Manager Talks About Publishing and the Road Ahead

Loren Kleinman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Initially, I wanted to help first time screenwriters get a foothold in Hollywood. I came to also represent novelists as many of my screenwriting clients dabbled in both genres. My earliest success stories came with setting up the film and television adaptation rights of my clients' novels.

A Bible for Budding Screenwriters

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Dennis Palumbo

Years ago, while in the process of making the transition from Hollywood screenwriter to psychotherapist, I taught classes for UCLA Extension's Writer'...

Life After Loss Resonates in Film

Jen Grisanti | Posted 05.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jen Grisanti

The universal idea moving forward after loss is something that resonates and connects with people on a very deep level.

From Spec Script to the Big Screen -- It Can Happen to You!

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Dennis Palumbo

For a change of pace, I want to offer the inspiring story of one man who pursued his Hollywood dream, and how -- sometimes -- that dream can come true...

Writers Discuss Gay Fiction Relating to Reality 

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 05.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Gregory G. Allen

With so much movement happening in the LGBT community that plays out across our news constantly, I wanted to talk with a few fiction writers about the impact it has on them.

Past, Present, Future: 3 Women's Voices in Film and How 3 Writers Wrote Them to the Red Carpet

Wyatt Closs | Posted 04.12.2014 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

Particularly tricky is writing strong and memorable female characters when you are a dude. Sure, from Shakespeare on, its been done but the challenge remains.

Interview With Ross Klavan, Author of Schmuck

Loren Kleinman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"The connection between the writer and his characters is a weird one, I think. You have only yourself to work off of, so obviously you're making characters out of different aspects of yourself, different experiences, memories, dreams and wishes."

The Power of the Emotional Fuel Behind the Message

Jen Grisanti | Posted 03.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jen Grisanti

When we feel the message in your story, there is an imprint that the storyteller leaves with the receiver. We experience what you wanted to say and we...

Character Is Destiny

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.15.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

People often talk about a novel being plot-driven or character-driven. For me, that can be an artificial distinction. For my taste, the best novels -- those that capture me and make me feel sorry the read is coming to an end -- are those driven by both.

A Relatively Brief Memoir About Writing a Relatively Brief Book

David Misch | Posted 02.26.2014 | Books
David Misch

So between the travel and the people and the expense reimbursements, it's hard to call my career as an author a failure. Not impossible, but hard. And there's another thing: I wrote a book.

Philomena, A Story Structured to Perfection

Jen Grisanti | Posted 02.09.2014 | Entertainment
Jen Grisanti

I am always on a quest to understand how story can be structured in a way that makes us feel the content, the message and the pursuit in the strongest way possible. I found this in the brilliant story of Philamena.

Dorothy Parker Happy in Los Angeles

Kevin Fitzpatrick | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
Kevin Fitzpatrick

Today there is only one spot in Los Angeles that remembers Dorothy Parker's 30 years as a resident.