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On this day in 1940, Maxine Hong Kingston was born in Stockton, CA. Kingston, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, took the literary world by storm with her seminal work The Woman Warrior (1976), which blends autobiography and mythology. The Woman Warrior, the winner of the 1976 National Book Award for nonfiction, was an unprecedented look at […]... Read more
Published 6 hours ago
By Vanessa Willoughby
Here’s a Friday Question that became an entire post.  Warning:  It’s a “Boomer” post.  scottmc asks:Paul McCartney recently referred to The Rolling Stones as a ‘Blues cover band’. Which side of The Beatles/Stones debate do you come down on? It is the great debate of our time.  I like them both but for different reasons.  They have two very different... Read more
Published 10 hours ago
By By Ken Levine
It is not possible to make sense of what consciousness is and of how it developed without first addressing a number of important questions in the universe of biology, psychology, and neuroscience. The first of those questions concerns intelligences and minds. We know that the most numerous living organisms on earth are unicellular, such as […]... Read more
Published 14 hours ago
By Antonio Damasio
Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a last poem.... Read more
Published 16 hours ago
By Robert Lee Brewer
Netflix's adaptation of one of the most popular anime shows in the medium's history is set to premiere in November.... Read more
Published 23 hours ago
By Tyler Hersko
Where fiction writing is about concealing emotional truth for interpretation, memoir is about exposing it for what it is. Writer Jenna Blum discusses the differences she experienced in writing a memoir vs. a novel.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Jenna Blum
As All Hallows’ Eve approaches, Poe, Shelley and Lovecraft are top of mind—but many other canonical writers had spooky inclinations that flew under the radar. For instance, novelist and illustrator William Makepeace Thackeray was known for his satirical novels; but he also had a less-well-known creepy side. He illustrated many of his own works, but […]... Read more
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By Walker Caplan
“It was a dark and stormy night.” You’ve heard it a million times, seen it used in seriousness and in jest; it is the quintessential and cliché opening to a gothic novel or a ghost story, or as Zachary Petit once put it in Writer’s Digest, “the literary poster child for bad story starters.” But […]... Read more
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By Emily Temple
Robin Williams' performance in Good Will Hunting deserved the back end. Everyone loves a Kevin Smith story. They take you to the best and weirdest parts of Hollywood at times. In his new book, Kevin's Secret Stash, the director tells a story about how Harvey Weinstein pulled Good Will Hunting from theaters early just so he wouldn't have to pay... Read more
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By Jason Hellerman
Is there room for movies for adults within theatrical distribution? Fresh off the news that the brilliant Ridley Scott film, The Last Duel, only made $4.8 million over the pandemic weekend, Hollywood is back to asking the biggest question over the last decade: "What are we going to do with movies for adults?" This R-rated historical epic was the latest... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Jason Hellerman
Visionary writer/director Scott Cooper speaks with No Film School. I have been waiting for Antlers for a very long time. I remember telling multiple people two years ago about a gorgeous new horror trailer I'd just seen, set in the Pacific Northwest and featuring some of my favorite actors. I was excited. Then, of course, the pandemic hit, and theatrical... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Jo Light
How does one on-the-go creator use Manfrotto tools to get perfect camera movement? It’s no secret that Manfrotto is a favorite amongst the professional cadre of filmmakers and photographers. If you ask just about any pro about their experience with the brand, you’ll likely find different opinions on if accessories make that much of a difference. For Manfrotto Ambassador Oliver... Read more
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On this day in 1900, Henry James sent his first letter to Edith Wharton, which kicked off a lifelong friendship and mentorship. Both authors had ties to the historic 21 Washington Place: James grew up in a now demolished building just east of Washington Square, and Wharton resided at Washington Square North for a brief […]... Read more
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By Vanessa Willoughby
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By BAFTA Guru
Reilly is already raving over Alan Haim's performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Zack Sharf
Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write something that has to do with the scary season!... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Moriah Richard
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By BAFTA Guru
The new Manfrotto Axis Modular Gimbal MVG300XM has a revolutionary design that will make more complicated shots easier to achieve. There are two main things you want out of a compact stabilizer. You want the stabilization system itself, the three mounting arms connected to each other that keep the camera floating smoothly in space. Then you want the ability to... Read more
Published 1 day ago
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How does Donald Glover manage it?  The screenwriter, director, actor, rapper, producer and comedian has a jammed packed awards cabinet and track record of amazing work across many different forms. ... Read more The post 20 Donald Glover Quotes to Inspire Writers and Creatives appeared first on Industrial Scripts®.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Industrial Scripts
There are many TED talks out there for writers, screenwriters and storytellers. In this article, we’ll focus on 10 of the most relevant and best talks for screenwriters and writers ... Read more The post The 10 Best TED Talks For Screenwriters and What They Teach appeared first on Industrial Scripts®.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Industrial Scripts
A surprise to everyone but me.The current show at Circle in the Square is CHICKEN & BISCUITS.  And it’s a big success.  Here’s what so surprising about it to the Broadway community:It’s a comedy.God forbid!And not just a comedy — a conventional comedy.  Kind of a familiar plot — relatives fighting after a funeral.  But apparently it’s funny.  Blasphemy!While every... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By By Ken Levine
Author Christopher Parker discusses how he celebrated small victories in writing his debut novel, The Lighthouse.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Robert Lee Brewer
Do you capitalize long prepositions when you prepare your book title for publishing? The general rules for capitalization in book titles are quite straightforward. However, when it comes to prepositions, you should take The post When To Capitalize Long Prepositions In Book Titles appeared first on Just Publishing Advice For Writers and Authors.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Derek Haines
Whether you're stepping out or staying in for the night, you're sure to find something useful on our list of Halloween essentials.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Latifah Muhammad
Revealing the November/December 2021 issue of Writer's Digest: Magical Writing. Featuring advice from R.F. Kuang, Alix E. Harrow, Maggie Stiefvater, Tobias Buckell, Ran Walker, and many more.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Amy Jones
Your iPhone can now shoot ProRes, which is awesome. But should you bother? Adding ProRes to the iPhone was absolutely one of the standout aspects of the iPhone 13 Pro press release last month. While the feature wasn't available at launch, pretty quickly the SDK was released and third-party apps like FiLMiC Pro were supporting the capture format. As of... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Charles Haine
For this week's market spotlight, we look at The Lane Report, the business publication of Kentucky.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Robert Lee Brewer
Let this tragedy change the industry. Otherwise, what are we doing? As we reported last week, there was a tragic shooting death on the set of the movie Rust. The ramifications of this are both professional and personal. There will be lawsuits to come and hopefully industry-wide change. But right now, details are still coming in. And people are taking... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Jason Hellerman
Hughes' idea, according to Anthony Michael Hall, was to pick up with the characters in their "twenties or thirties."... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Ryan Lattanzio
The Reading Rainbow theme song really had it right. One of the best parts of reading is the way books open up new worlds to us, whether a story is set in an unpronounceable ancient kingdom, the far reaches of outer space, ancient history, the distant future, or even the real world but maybe somewhere […]... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Nathan Bransford
Telling a story in screenplay format from the beginning, middle, to end isn't enough. That's not going to advance you in your screenwriting career. Each... The post Screenwriting Plants and Payoffs: 'The Sixth Sense' appeared first on ScreenCraft.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Ken Miyamoto
Let's look at the differences between exercise and exorcise with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Robert Lee Brewer
It's rare that something comes out that checks all the boxes at the same time, but here we are. There's that great line in Citizen Kane where Susan Kane says, "You never give me anything I really wanted." Charles Foster Kane gives her singing lessons and an opera house and mansions, but she would actually like love and attention and... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Charles Haine
 Since we seem to be on a nostalgia kick following this weekend's post...The remake of classic game shows is a current network trend.  And they try desperately to be funny.  As a result they are so forced and for my money, mostly unwatchable.  When ABC has to rely on Anthony Anderson's mother for laughs you know we've reached rock bottom. ... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By By Ken Levine
A modern shoot requires a lot of ways to move the camera, and now you can swap quickly between them with Manfrotto Move. When you are out in the field shooting, there are a lot of different tools you want to use to get dynamite moving shots. Some shots are best on a tripod, for true stable lockdown when you... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Charles Haine
Learn all about the camera movements that make your storytelling skills shine. You know the old saying—filmmaking is a visual medium. That means that every shot within your work has a meaning and a reason behind it. And it's not just the way you compose shots, but the movement behind each shot, as well. Well, what are the different types... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Jason Hellerman

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