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SPARKS ~ the Power of Media to Ignite Change

SPARKS ~ VOL 9 ~ MID JULY 2016

25 Jul 2016 -

A Mini-Blog on the Power of Media to Ignite Change ​ INTERVIEW QUOTES Excerpts below are from the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change, by Tracey Friesen. This series of nuggets and links is designed to inspire those driven to connect art & activism.   STORY Question:  What advice do you have on how to best…

SPARKS ~ the Power of Media to Ignite Change

SPARKS ~ VOL 8 ~ MID JUNE 2016

23 Jun 2016 -

A Mini-Blog on the Power of Media to Ignite Change ​ INTERVIEW QUOTES Excerpts below are from the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change, by Tracey Friesen. This series of nuggets and links is designed to inspire those driven to connect art & activism.   STORY Question – What is the immediate power of watching a…

SPARKS ~ the Power of Media to Ignite Change

SPARKS ~ VOL 5

13 Apr 2016 -

A Mini-Blog on the Power of Media to Ignite Change ​ INTERVIEW QUOTES Excerpts below are from the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change, by Tracey Friesen (released March 2016). This series of nuggets and links is designed to inspire those driven to connect art & activism.   STORY Question – In what ways are you…

TV Outside the Box

03 Mar 2016 -

Excerpt from an interview with TOM FONTANA: The Man in the HAZMAT Suit The original trailblazer, Tom Fontana has spent much of his extraordinary 30-year career writing about crime and punishment. Accordingly, I’d be committing a felony by not starting the story of the digital television revolution with him. Not only did he create, write, and produce Oz, the…

SPARKS ~ the Power of Media to Ignite Change

SPARKS ~ VOL 3 ~ LATE FEB 2016

29 Feb 2016 -

INTERVIEW QUOTES Excerpts below are from the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change, by Tracey Friesen (released March 2016). This series of nuggets and links is designed to inspire those driven to connect art & activism.   STORY Question: What story ingredients do you think directors should try to hold sacred? Michelle van Beusekom…

SPARKS ~ the Power of Media to Ignite Change

SPARKS ~ VOL 2 ~ FEB 2016

25 Feb 2016 -

INTERVIEW QUOTES Excerpts below are from the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change, by Tracey Friesen. This series of nuggets and links is designed to inspire those driven to connect art & activism.   STORY Question: Is there one story element that for you is the most important? Elise Pearlstein (Participant Media): When I’m…

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Indie Film Academy™ #32: Horror Filmmaking Masterclass with Danny Draven

19 Feb 2016 -

Indie Film Academy™ interviews author Danny Draven about horror filmmaking. See the interview below.   For more from Danny Draven, see his book The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead!

SPARKS ~ the Power of Media to Ignite Change

SPARKS ~ the Power of Media to Ignite Change

02 Feb 2016 -

INTERVIEW QUOTES – excerpts below from the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change, by Tracey Friesen   STORY Question: What to you are essential story ingredients for documentaries? Mark Achbar (The Corporation): I ask questions. Is it new? Are you telling me something I don’t already know? I’m always grateful for that. Are you…

Born for VFX

01 Dec 2015 -

By Ian Failes, author of Masters of FX     When director Paul Verhoeven looked to convince studio executives that a story about a war between mankind and vicious ‘Arachnid’ insects should be greenlit, he turned to Phil Tippett. The visual effects supervisor, known for his work on George Lucas’ Star Wars films and on…

Anne Zeiser on Star Wars Marketing for HuffPo

11 Nov 2015 -

Anne Zeiser was on The Huffington Post this week to discuss the runaway success of Transmedia Marketing of the Star Wars brand. They also quoted from Anne Zeiser’s seminal text, Transmedia Marketing: From Film and TV to Games and Digital Media. Many successful digital and viral entertainment marketing campaigns develop content that first, creates mystery around a passion…

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Martin Scorsese in 10 Scenes: Taxi Driver

27 Oct 2015 -

Excerpt from Martin Scorsese in 10 Scenes by Tim Grierson Focal Press, 2016 TAXI DRIVER, 1976 V. THE SHOOT-OUT The shoot-out scene is memorable not only for its violence, but also for a sense of ambiguity in it. This ambiguity pervades the whole movie, largely due to Schrader’s refusal to shine any solid light on…

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Danny Draven’s Top 5 Horror Trailers of All Time

21 Oct 2015 -

Just in time for Halloween, Danny Draven, author of The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead, picked the creepiest Horror film trailers ever to grace the large or small screen. Whether you’ve seen these films or not, they are sure to delight and terrify.   5. THE ENTITY   4. ROSEMARY’S BABY   3. THE CHANGELING  …

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Shots and Composition: A Breakdown

15 Sep 2015 -

A film is made up of a series of photographic images and each image in the film is commonly referred to as a frame. Each frame contains objects and shapes arranged in a composition. A sequence of frames together is commonly referred to as a shot. Visual productions, whether they are movies, television shows, music…

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Sitcom Structure – Classic 2-act vs. Modern 3-act Structure

10 Sep 2015 -

THE IMPORTANCE OF STORY STRUCTURE Quite simply, structure is one of the most important elements of your script. It is the glue that holds your story together. Think of structure as how you choose to tell your story. What happens in each scene and what is the order in which it happens? Let me warn…

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Tips for Screenwriters – Preparing for an Agent Meeting

08 Sep 2015 -

Finding the right agent or manager is like dating. You’re hoping to find someone who’s not only a creative and (in a way) spiritual partner, but someone who shares a vision for your work and career. If you see yourself as a genre writer, writing sci-fi and slasher films, but a manager sees you as…

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The Successful Showrunner Checklist

03 Sep 2015 -

*Remarks quoted are excerpts from the showrunner roundtable discussions sponsored by Variety and Hollywood Reporter (2013). According to my informal showrunner poll, the following are the most essential qualities and skills for the successful management of a scripted, episodic TV series: Staying on time and on budget: According to veteran showrunner, Jeff Melvoin (Early Edition,…

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The Mathematics of Your Script

01 Sep 2015 -

Scene Count Format the cells in the scene count column (at the right of the “Total” block) for plain numbers. This option is found in the Format menu. Go to Cells, then chose the category Number. This will prevent the program from turning your numbers into dates, decimals, etc. Add a 1 in the scene…

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Film Grain in Postproduction – Bringing Texture Back

27 Aug 2015 -

A form of postproduction that can be applied to CinemaDNG files is film grain. For some, the idea of shooting in raw reflects in some ways an approach to filmmaking that harkens back to the days of working on film. What is lost in digital filmmaking involves the loss of texture. Film grain is one…

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FREE eBook Excerpt – 7 Steps to Busting Writer’s Block

25 Aug 2015 -

An e-book excerpt from the soon to be published book Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success by Jeff Lyons. 7 Steps to Busting Writer’s Block There are scores of books in the marketplace telling you how to handle writer’s block, but none of them tell you…

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BIG BRAINS – small budgets: Heather Donnell (Mom, Murder & Me)

20 Aug 2015 -

Heather Donnell wrote, directed, and produced the murder mystery comedy, MOM, MURDER & ME (http://mommurderandme.com), which was an official selection of several film festivals, including the California Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival and the Bahamas International Film Festival. At the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema in January 2015, the film was…

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