Categoryfilmmaking

The Open Minds

It’s almost Oscar time as I’m working on this post, and a recent episode of The Creative Penn got me thinking about my journey into animation. I think the lessons would benefit some of you out there in readerland. Over the last few episodes Joanna’s guests have mentioned the fear new writers feel about their […]

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The Energy Bucket

This post started as yet another rant about how you need to work to achieve artistic success. I thought about the other version of this post most of the day and decided I’m going to rework that one. In this post I’m going to talk about something else people who write bring up with near […]

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How Much Description?

I don’t see people talk often about how much you need to describe your characters, to this time around let’s talk about it. The rules are different across screenplays and prose – if you don’t work in both, or you’re moving from one to the other, it’s important to understand the differences. When you’re working […]

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Silent Characters

Back in Talking the Talk I started a discussion about dialog. This time around I’d like to give you some food for thought – there are some memorable characters that don’t talk. Done right these can be really powerful sidekicks. Remember Someone Has To Talk There are some of you out there – and I […]

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Chappie: Robot Scifi Done Well

I was a huge fan of DISTRICT 9, and when I saw Neill Blomkamp was directing another scifi feature I hoped it would deliver on the high quality of his previous film. I was not disappointed. Chappie (2015) – Written By Neill Blomkamp, Terry TatchellPhoto: IMDB Chappie (2015) follows the adventures of an unlikely group […]

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No Easy Answers

Another topic I see come up often for new indie writers or filmmakers is marketing. We put lots of work into creating our content: months, sometimes years or longer. Then we release it to the world and expect people to read, enjoy, and of course, pay for it. Unfortunately that last bit doesn’t always happen […]

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You’ve Got Nothing to Lose

Back at the beginning of 2013 when I published THE TRIP, I got in touch with Jose, a really cool guy who runs Final Boss Studio. Jose and a small and talented team are producing a 3-d animated indie zombie movie. After looking at the screen shots and the character designs, I’m really excited about […]

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Group Dynamics in Fiction

Most stories will revolve around more than one character. Sure, you’ll have one character who’s central to the story and who basically owns it – but you need more people for this character to interact with. This is the ensemble and today we’re going to talk about what makes a good cast of characters. Case […]

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How Long Will This Take?

I was conversing with another indie lamenting about his sales figures (which aren’t much different from mine – depressingly low). It got me thinking… Back when I was in high school there was a show on really late at night called Dr. Demento. He was a lot like Weird Al Yankovic, hosting a show that […]

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Story Anti-Patterns – And How to Fix Them

In programming we have a concept called an anti-pattern. This is a flawed approach at fixing a problem that causes more problems than the original issue it attempted to fix. Because of their ubiquitous nature, they’re pretty well documented (read: lots of people do this). When it comes to writing there are some anti-patters to […]

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