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Published 2 hours ago
By Film Courage
The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is ending your story too soon.... Read more
Published 6 hours ago
By Moriah Richard
The latest installment in the "Yellowstone" universe premieres on the streaming platform December 19.... Read more
Published 8 hours ago
By Ryan Lattanzio
There are many screenwriting courses and books on the market. Some are better avoided, some are considered absolutely essential, while others receive very mixed reviews.... The post Best Screenwriting Courses and Books to Get You Started appeared first on ScreenCraft.... Read more
Published 9 hours ago
By Alex Edge
Animation is a technique in which animated characters are animated to look like moving pictures. In the past, in traditional animation, hand drawings are drawn or paintings on smooth celluloid sheets to create images and then printed on paper. These pictures are then drawn onto... The post What Is Animation? Definition & Examples of Animation In Action appeared first on... Read more
Published 10 hours ago
By Matt
Computer generated imagery (CGI) refers to any form of computer generated image that is used to illustrate or present data in a creative manner. Computer generated imagery can be both realistic and imaginary.   WHAT IS CGI What Is CGI? The term CGI, which stands... The post What Is CGI? Complete Guide To Computer Generated Imagery appeared first on Filmmaking... Read more
Published 10 hours ago
By Matt
In this post, trained fighter and author Carla Hoch explores the process of writing fight scenes with magic—how to make the unbelievable believable, how limitations bring us closer to our characters, and more.... Read more
Published 10 hours ago
By Carla Hoch
Serena Williams—the 23-time Grand Slam champion, 4-time Olympic medalist, fashion designer, philanthropist, movie producer, activist, and Simpsons guest star—will soon be adding “children’s author” to her list of professional titles. Williams announced on Instagram yesterday that her first children’s book, The Adventures of Qai Qai, will be about her toddler daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian’s beloved doll, […]... Read more
Published 11 hours ago
By Dan Sheehan
Though published to critical acclaim, Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, The Power of the Dog, sold poorly and was largely forgotten until its republication in 2001, after which it began to be appreciated as a regional classic. Now, over a half-century after its debut, it may finally get the wider attention it deserves, thanks to Jane […]... Read more
Published 11 hours ago
By Michelle Nijhuis
If you're a freelance writer who is able to secure assignments, an essential tool you'll need is an invoice. In this post, Writer's Digest Senior Editor Robert Lee Brewer shares a very basic and easy invoice template for freelance writers to get the job done (and get paid).... Read more
Published 12 hours ago
By Robert Lee Brewer
What was it like to attend Comic-Con this year? When San Diego moved Comic-Con from July to November this year and called it "Special Edition," I was skeptical that anything could capture the chaos and vigor that is the premiere pop culture event of the year. And I was right. Special Edition Comic-Con was not much like regular Comic-Con. It... Read more
Published 12 hours ago
By Jason Hellerman
A movie trailer is a short, exciting introduction to a film that gives the audience an idea of what they can expect from the story. Movie trailers are typically released months before a movie’s release date and are available for viewing on YouTube. Trailers often... The post How To Make a Movie Trailer: The Definitive Guide appeared first on Filmmaking... Read more
Published 14 hours ago
By Matt
We all have moments that define us. For DPs, it could be one simple scene or one visually pleasing film. What is the first movie that made your eyes open to the fact that lighting could influence a story? For me, it was watching the Pale Man scene in Pan’s Labyrinth. The warm light of the fire contrasts the threat... Read more
Published 15 hours ago
By Alyssa Miller
The Literary Film and TV You Should Stream in December features a Cumberbatch Western, Station Eleven, the great Olivia Colman as an Elena Ferrante character, and more. | Lit Hub Film & TV “Here was another ‘sole time in my life’: the sole time an obituary had brought me to tears.” A eulogy for the visionary […]... Read more
Published 16 hours ago
By Lit Hub Daily
Joseph Conrad was not a man who came at things directly. Nearly every story he wrote was rendered through a filter. He had a passion for subjectivity, for the half visible detail. He was fascinated by the vicissitudes of partially known facts, believing always that by merely standing to look at a situation one cannot […]... Read more
Published 18 hours ago
By Hisham Matar
A career behind the curtain helped Amy Neswald in creating her own stories. Here, the author shares 3 things being a broadway wig master taught her about storytelling.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Amy Neswald
Extend your monitor workspace with this handy tool. I think it was Walt Mossberg that said the greatest Windows machine on the market was a Mac. And he’s not that far off. But since the move to the Apple Silicon Platform, Apple has retired BootCamp for running Windows on Mac hardware. This reopens the Mac/PC divide, seemingly permanently. And when... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By James DeRuvo
San Diego Comic-Con covers everything from rising the ranks in production to getting your foot in the door of a writers' room. Comic-Con is known as a place where major projects are advertised and teased and where fans and artists buy, sell, and trade goods. But it's much more. If you look in the right places, SDCC is an event... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By George Edelman
Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let things get a little out of control.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Robert Lee Brewer
Atomos is making the Ninja V+ more affordable than ever with its Level Up Promo, which delivers its top-of-the-line recorder for under $1,000. Capable of recording at resolutions ranging from HD 120fps to 8K at 30fps, the Atomos Ninja V+ is an ideal external recorder for boosting the resolution range of your camera platform and squeezing out the most details... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Sponsored Content
Breaking this fourth wall means having a character speak directly to or acknowledge the audience in order to create an interactive experience, such as when an actor speaks off-stage directions to someone on-stage. The term “fourth wall” refers to the imaginary wall that separates actors... The post Breaking The Fourth Wall: How To Do It & When To Do It... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Matt
Mise en scene is a term used in film production to describe the arrangement of elements within a frame. The term was coined by Alexandre Dumas, père from the French for “putting on stage.” It refers to the arrangement of scenery and props on stage. It... The post What Is Mise en Scène In Film: The Complete Guide appeared first on... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Matt
How do you capture an artist's spirit? Did you watch Tick, Tick... Boom over the holiday? This musical is an excellent distillation of creative impulses, the artist's brain, and the fearless pursuit of your passions even when the world doesn't seem like it will embrace you back. I'm a big fan of the "Notes on a Scene," series that Vanity... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Jason Hellerman
Here are the final steps for the 14th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript. Here are some tips and guidelines.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Robert Lee Brewer
Why is a wish in the past tense in English when it’s about something you want now or in the near future? You might say that it’s simply grammar. But if you The post Wish In The Past Tense For Present And Future Wants appeared first on Just Publishing Advice For Writers and Authors.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Derek Haines
The filmmaker honors a sacred piece of musical theater by flexing all over it with some of the most exhilarating setpieces he’s ever shot, but there are a handful of puzzling missteps.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By David Ehrlich
Breaking the rules you've created for your show is hard to pull off, so how did Fleabag break its rules perfectly? The second season of Fleabag masterfully crafts the perfect ending to a phenomenal show by simply changing. Not changing in the way that most series do when half the original characters are gone or lose any sense of cleverness... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Alyssa Miller
Man in the Arena: Tom Brady, from production company Religion of Sports, documents iconic moments from the legendary quarterback’s 20-year career in the NFL. This post was written by Meagan Keane and originally appeared on Adobe blog on Nov. 23, 2021. Each episode deconstructs Brady’s Super Bowl appearances with firsthand accounts from the icon himself. Alex Trudeau Viriato, who served... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Sponsored Content
“Anyone who claims that age is ‘just a number’ is either very young or works for Hallmark.” Hilma Wolitzer on what it’s like to keep writing at 91. | Lit Hub Still the one: Michael Dirda considers the perennial resonance of Frank Herbert’s masterpiece (yes, of course it’s Dune). | Lit Hub Criticism “Can you […]... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Lit Hub Daily
One thing that good poetry never fails to achieve is to evoke emotion. Poetry is art, and odes take this art to a whole different level—filled with love, glorification, and praise. If you want to pen some positive poetry, talking about the things or people you like or adore, you write an ode. Not that ... Read more... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Jessica Majewski
The responsibilities of a film producer are many and varied. They include budgeting, scheduling, hiring the right people for the right jobs, handling personnel issues, and raising money to name just a few. There is also not one single path that leads from being an... The post Producer vs Director: What Are The Differences & What Do They Do? appeared... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Matt
A literary fiction author dipped her toe into Amazon’s serialization platform Kindle Vella. Here’s why she did it, and her thoughts so far.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Audrey Kalman
Feature illustration: © Sam Weber for The Folio Society’s edition of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Arrakis, the desert planet sometimes known as Dune, is the only place in the universe where melange can be found. When ingested regularly, this expensive and addictive spice yields a remarkable effect—it can prolong a human life by two to four […]... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By Michael Dirda
Guillermo del Toro finally pivots away from the supernatural, but this grim noir remake is still haunted by the difference between monsters and men.... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By David Ehrlich
Shari Lewis was a remarkable entertainer — ventriloquist, children’s show host, singer, dancer, actor, author, conductor, co-writer of a STAR TREK episode. Ken talks to her daughter, Mallory to get a real sense of just who Shari Lewis really was. You’ll learn about Lamb Chop too. More podcasts at WAVE: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/artist/wave-podcast-network/1437831426 Listen to the Hollywood & Levine podcast!... Read more
Published 1 day ago
By By Ken Levine
From eco-friendly headphones to energy-efficient lighting, this list has it all.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Latifah Muhammad
The latest season of the Adult Swim gem keeps on providing small-scale appreciations as only it can.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Steve Greene
When should you write with a screenwriting partner, when should you not write with a screenwriting partner, and what are some tips to help you... The post Simple Guidelines to Writing as a Screenwriting Duo appeared first on ScreenCraft.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Ken Miyamoto
Which order is best for the Marvel movies? Are you a huge Marvel fan? Do you have a specific order you tell people to watch the series and movies in? It seems everyone has a reason why you should watch Marvel movies and TV shows in a particular way and in a particular order. Do you do it in chronological... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Jason Hellerman
News for Frankenstein fans, or just fans of the monster: according to Mansion Global, a two-bedroom Bloomsbury apartment at the address of Mary Shelley’s former home is on the market for $1.36 million. If you saved $1.17 million from not buying the first edition of Frankenstein that went up for auction in September, you only […]... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Walker Caplan
After an intense writing challenge, you might feel a little lost. Here are some tips from Managing Editor and fellow Wrimo Moriah Richard for capitalizing on your momentum.... Read more
Published 2 days ago
By Moriah Richard

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