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So you want to make a musical? It's not going to be easy... We completed our short musical film The Eulogy in five weeks, from concept to edit. It features one actor playing two roles and was shot on a medium format camera. Check it out below: You might have seen an article I wrote last December, where I covered... Read more
Published 10 hours ago
By Brett Cramer
Watch Shyamalan ramp up the tension. When you hear the name M. Night Shyamalan, you know what you're getting. The guy loves a tight genre thriller that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. His name used to be synonymous with twists, but he's transcended that to become someone who usually opens at #1, takes bold chances, and is... Read more
Published 10 hours ago
By Jason Hellerman
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 back to blank poem.... Read more
Published 15 hours ago
By Robert Lee Brewer
Published 22 hours ago
By Film Courage
Apple just juiced up its Mac Pro line with some new AMD graphics cards, slowly carving away at the long list of GPU-dependent creatives who switched over to PC. Remember the Mac Pro glory days? The old cheese grater Mac Pro days? There was a long period when most people who did any sort of high-end creative work in terms... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Todd Blankenship
All of a sudden, scores of people on Twitter are speculating about the late Terry Pratchett’s feelings on gender. This discourse hasn’t arisen spontaneously—it’s because Neil Gaiman weighed in on a transphobic Facebook post and angered anti-trans activists. Since then, Pratchett’s own daughter has gotten involved. Sound confusing? Here’s the chain of events: It all […]... Read more
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By Walker Caplan
Singer/songwriter Camila Cabello makes her screen debut in the live action adaptation of the beloved fairytale.... Read more
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By Jude Dry
The master of suspense details his strategy in Psycho. Alfred Hitchcock was one of the first directors who could sell a movie just based on his name alone. Movie studios around the town had all turned down the rights to adapt Psycho because the book was so salacious and disturbing. Hitchcock saw that as a challenge and took it on,... Read more
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By Jason Hellerman
Some Tuesday book news: Publishers Marketplace reported today that Nell Zink has sold a new novel to Knopf—following editor Daniel Halpern to Knopf from Ecco Press, which published her novels Mislaid, Nicotine, Private Novelist, and Doxology. According to the blurb, Zink’s new novel, Avalon, is “a Cinderella story framed as a confession, complete with a […]... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Walker Caplan
Every writer needs a little inspiration once and a while. For today's prompt, build yourself an island.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Moriah Richard
The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing—a charity whose aim is to bring African writing to a wider audience through, among other programming, an annual £10,000 literary award for an exemplary published short story by an African writer—has named Meron Hadero their 2021 winner. Hadero won for her short story “The Street Sweep,” published in […]... Read more
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By Walker Caplan
Today, the National Book Foundation announced a new initiative: the Science + Literature program, which is supported by a $525,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, already known for their support of books that increase public understanding of science and technology. The new program will select three books per year, beginning in Winter/Spring 2022, […]... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Emily Temple
Are you a fan of film transitions? We have some free ones. You know we love our friends at Film Crux, and they love us. That's why they sent us this epic pack of film transitions to give away. That means you can download FILM CRUX Transitions Vol. 2, the new pack of 15 free drag-and-drop transitions designed specifically for... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Jason Hellerman
Lead editor Chris Donlon and animation director Sean Donnelly share experiences and insight from The Lady and the Dale. This post was written by Adobe Communications Team and originally appeared on Adobe blog. HBO Documentary Films’ The Lady and the Dale, a four-part documentary series from Emmy-winning producers Mark and Jay Duplass (HBO’s “Room 104”) and directed by Nick Cammilleri... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Sponsored Content
Montages are a great storytelling device that can leave a lasting impression on your audience. Everybody loves a good montage scene. From Rocky to The Godfather to the heart-wrenching opening of UP and many more in between, a montage can serve many different purposes to create tension or just pure comedy. Whatever the use is for a montage in a... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Alyssa Miller
    What should I, as an unagented writer, do should an editor at Penguin Random House ask for my manuscript?   This is not simply an idle question.   I signed up to pitch three agents at the Historical Novel Society's virtual conference this past June. I struck out with the first two agents, who were kind enough to... Read more
Published 1 day ago
What makes readers open a book and keep turning the pages? In part, curiosity and tension.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Stefan Emunds
On Day 10, I asked you to pick a location and write about it. I feel so redundant, but these poems just keep getting better and better. Seriously. I actually had to do a couple rounds of cuts to get a manageable highlights list. Great job everyone! Here are the highlights. ***** ROOM Dirty jeans ...... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Robert Lee Brewer
There's nothing funny about learning when to use comedy and comity (OK, maybe a little humor) 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
James Gunn has to handle violence differently at WB. Are you excited to see James Gunn's The Suicide Squad? The buzz all over the internet is that it's going to be one of the best movies of the summer, with Gunn's darkly comedic style translating well into the DC Comics world. One of the things I love about Gunn is... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Jason Hellerman
You think you've written your masterpiece, but no one is responding. What gives? All of Hollywood is subjective. Some people love new movies and TV that come out, while others loathe the same titles. The key to making it in Hollywood is following your gut and putting all you have into each project. Oh, and have a short memory, because... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Jason Hellerman
The Green Knight hit theaters recently and is a super dense movie. Let's decode its many meanings. There is an overlap between religion and history, between metaphor and truth, between what actually happens and what we feel like happens. This convergence of elements is actually where the narrative form, storytelling at its core, draws all its power. When we loosen... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By George Edelman
What can writer/director John Carpenter teach screenwriters about writing engaging suspense thrillers? John Carpenter is not just known as a master of horror. He's a... The post Writing Your Suspense Thriller the John Carpenter Way appeared first on ScreenCraft.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Ken Miyamoto
When we talk about Raymond Carver, we talk about the short story. Despite having published eight poetry collections before his death (33 years ago to the day), he’s known for works like “Cathedral” and “Why Don’t You Dance.” But, as it turns out, Carver wrote short stories out of practicality, not pure love of the […]... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Walker Caplan
When novels are bloated with an excessive word count, the extra words are often where you’d least expect them. In fact, when I’m editing, I often find that very long novels are among the most tightly plotted. The authors know the word count is a problem, so they trim all the extra scenes and streamline […]... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Nathan Bransford
An R rating was just one of the filmmaker's big asks to Warner Bros., but while he's pleased with the outcome, don't expect his next "Guardians of the Galaxy" film to also get the same adult-skewing stamp.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Kate Erbland
Debut author Shugri Said Salh discusses how wanting to know her mother lead her to writing her coming-of-age novel, The Last Nomad.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Robert Lee Brewer
Are you ready for your close-up? Cinema is an empathy machine that allows people all over the world to identify with one another and walk a mile in one another's shoes. We do this through creative uses of cinematography that allow the audience to think and feel like the character. There really is some magic to working in this industry.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Jason Hellerman
Into every generation, a remake is born. Today I learned that in January 2022—just ahead of the 25th anniversary of the show’s premiere—Disney Hyperion will publish the first novel in a new YA trilogy set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe. In Every Generation was written by Kendare Blake, the New York Times-bestselling author of the Three Dark […]... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Emily Temple
Does your manuscript need a little more definition, but you’re not sure where to begin? Try these 100 tips to give your words more power.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Elizabeth Sims
My debut was published in 2020 by a small press. The publisher just announced they are closing - 30 days notice, all rights and files revert to me. I currently have an unpublished but polished sequel (same world/characters, dif POV) I've been submitting to both agents and publishers. With this new development, how can(should?) I restructure my query letter and... Read more
Published 2 days ago
“I get serious whenever I go in the hood to teach poetry because I know it’s me sitting in those seats.” Ali Black on unlearning craft and writing reliable poems. | Lit Hub Poetry Surviving this ongoing pandemic “is a project as philosophical as it is political,” writes Benjamin Bratton, so how can Philosophy stop […]... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Lit Hub Daily
All about Michaela Coel Michaela Coel – producer, director, screenwriter, actor – is about as hot a writing property as you can get. Despite being overlooked by the Golden Globes for I May Destroy You, Coel’s star is on the up, both in the UK and America. Despite recent successes, it’s not been an easy… Read More »10 Quick Tips From... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Lucy V Hay
Published 2 days ago
By Film Courage
In “Trial By Terror,” Thundarr, Ookla and Ariel arrive in Atlanta just in time to save Thundarr’s friend, Thorak from execution by the corrupt town’s sheriff and his pig-man deputies.  Specifically, Thorak has been accused of stealing fuel needed by the local villagers.  However, Thorak disputes these charges vehemently and Thundarr believes his friend.Behind the scenes, a wizard named Artemis --... Read more
Published 3 days ago
By John Kenneth Muir
Kaia Alderson discusses how she never gave up on her story, how she worked through internal doubts, and how research lead her out of romance and into historical fiction.... Read more
Published 3 days ago
By Robert Lee Brewer
Published 3 days ago
By Film Courage
Kentucky’s Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson discusses how each project has its own process and the difference between writing fiction and her new memoir, Perfect Black.... Read more
Published 4 days ago
By Robert Lee Brewer
Apple tells us that "Ted Lasso" is winning over viewers, but declines to say how many. Third-party data companies have some insight.... Read more
Published 4 days ago
By Chris Lindahl
In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, interviews with masters of comedy, screenwriter Tim Long (The Simpsons) and writer-director Dan Mazer (Borat Subsequent Movie) about their collaboration on their film The Exchange, and filmmaker Trent O’Donnell on his new film Ride the Eagle co-written with actor Jake Johnson (New Girl). Plus, tips on how to tap into... Read more
Published 4 days ago
By Script Magazine

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