Is there a checklist or cheat sheet you go over before you start shooting to make sure production goes smoothly?
I’m shooting my first short in 12 days, and I’ve been stressing that I’m going to mess something up. The last thing I want is to delay the shooting process and rack up unnecessary expenses.
–Carrie, Charlotte NC
I just finished my first screenplay, and I know it is really good. I just need a chance to get in front of someone to prove it. I’ve tried to contact agencies, but got no response. I don’t want to give up my dream of being a Hollywood screenwriter!
–Jim S., New York
The stock answers to the career screenwriter question tend to be variations on “you have to pay your dues” or “you have to know someone.” I’m not a fan of either piece of advice, so let’s start by reframing those two old bromides into solid
There are many reasons to be disappointed in Wonder Woman 1984. To name a few:
The rules of the no-good-very-bad wishing stone are, shall we say, fluid, and seem to change scene by scene. Anachronisms abound (Starbucks-style coffee sleeves! Full-color CRT monitors!) The bad guy looks much better when he’s wearing a suit of armor, but they don’t give him one. The hero does not, but they do. And worst of all: the filmmakers saw Cats and thought “Purr-fect! We must have those special effects for our next blockbuster!”
None of these disappointments would have mattered nearly as
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“I’m from Poland. Sorry, for my English. I read your article about Arrival after seeing the movie. I was wondering about three-act structure of this movie. Could you tell me in which minute – in your opinion – are the act breaks for act I, II and III? I’m have a trouble to do this. For me:
I act ends at 41 min – after Louise return from the spaceship – “kangaroo” scene
II act = 92 min – after they get in contact with aliens
III act is about stopping China from attack on aliens
What do you think?
I bought your book last Saturday and have already read most of it! I have a question about creating a story for a book-signing that I shot on Saturday to promote my friend’s new book.
Using your story formula, I know my hero is the author. But what’s the story? Should the video tell the story of how she breaks into a new genre of writing? Or should it focus on the story of her book? I’m confused.
Can you help me get to step two with my video?
Thanks for reading the book, Babs. Great … Read the rest
How do I know if I’ve shot enough footage? I hate to waste money and time, but I’m nervous I won’t get what I need for the edit.
PS: Absolutely love your book! I’ve read it cover-to-cover twice now and starting my third time through.
Directors always shoot more than they think they need. Which means some of it will always be wasted. That’s how it’s supposed to work. It’s so normal that there’s even a name for this waste. It’s called the “shooting ratio” and it simply means the ratio between how much footage goes on screen, … Read the rest
My writing partner and I were arguing about a scene in a new screenplay. It’s a time-travel piece, and he wanted to explain all the technical steps that lead a character to have a conversation with someone from his distant past. The reason? So the audience would believe their meeting could plausibly happen.
Makes sense. If we don’t show how the machinery works, and explain exactly how the two accidentally meet over miles and eons, who will believe it? Credibility comes from detail, right?
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Recently I picked up a multi-rotor drone to carry my HD camera.
I’m having fun flying my drone, but now my videos feel all the same: running along a straight line, go up and take a 360, fly really low almost touching the bushes. Pretty pictures, but not really good video.
Any ideas on how to script/arrange/film better videos for subjects as simple as “last weekend with friends”?
Basic drones are mostly good for scene setting and beauty shots. Think fireworks from inside the blasts; an establishing montage of New York City between segments on a TV show; or … Read the rest