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Everyone has a story
I am presently the US Brand Manager for Simplilearn, the world's largest provider of accredited professional training courses.
Everything is a story to me.
Because each and every interaction is an opportunity to set and fulfill expectations.
Whether it's brand identity, the name of a website button, the promise of a marketing campaign, or the development of characters and motivations in a movie script, the words we choose and the images we create plant visions in the viewer's mind and invite them to invest and engage in the next step.
Because that's what matters once you have someone's attention.
The. Next. Step.
Here’s the story behind what turned a simple cutaway scene in the screenplay’s third act into a whole *new* chapter in the novel – and why I think it works.
[Yes, I see the pun in the title]
Over on my post What Bad Science Fiction Can Teach Us About Writing Screenplay Description, Susanna asked a great question:
What about an animated movie script? I read somewhere that they should be more descriptive than the other ones, is that true? I don’t know to what extent we have to explain what we see for example in a construction site. If the vehicles or objects on it will be important for the actions that will follow do we have to name them first or they can just appear on the action lines? Thank you!!
My reply got lengthy, and when that happens, I’d rather not hide it in the bowels of a reply thread. I’d rather give it its own post.
So here we go.
The producer who’s got Faeries under option right now recently asked us to put together a dream cast … if we could have anyone we wanted, who would we put in our movie?
Of course we came up with a hot list of A caliber talent. Hopefully they’re all getting phone calls as we speak.
But it got us thinking… who would we cast in the screenplay we’re polishing right now, Grampa Was A Superhero?
Of course, there’s one huge “get” that we would die to have in the starring role of the charming but confused 83 year old Grampa, who once starred as the superhero Captain Liberty in 1959…
Why rewrite a screenplay that’s working? Because it’s not. Here’s one story about going back and fixing what we didn’t think was broken.
They say you’ll never sell your very first screenplay. Hear how I sold mine, step by step and learn why you probably shouldn’t do exactly what I did.
Just wanted to say thanks for all your support. We hit 80,000 views on this blog in just the past two years (since I started keeping track… the blog’s been around a lot longer). I know there are sites with lots more traffic. And of course, there’s more to those statistics… how long did people[…]
So I was recently reading an article Hollywood Reporter about the new Oz the Great and Powerful, and learned that the source material is in the public domain.
Now, I should have known this… if I was a responsible screenwriter, I’d be doing that kind of research to find more sources of inspiration with cultural cache. Not that I’m lacking in concepts… but again – “cultural cache”.
But that’s another story… the important thing is, now I know this.
So that gets the brain working. I’ve got a personal attachment to this series… I learned how to read by sharing the Oz books with my mother… she’d read a paragraph, then I’d take a turn. Now, that was nearly 50 years ago, so I don’t rightly remember all the books and characters well, but perhaps it’s time to revisit them. […]
Does a company with deep success in distributing indie game titles have something unique to offer to indie filmmakers? Devolver co-founder Mike Wilson thinks so. If you’ve heard of Devolver Digital, you’re probably familiar with their support and release of last year’s Hotline Miami, the blood-soaked, neon-drenched top-down action game from Dennaton that made a lot[…]
I’m a little hyper-aware of evil clowns now, after art directing the about-to-be-released Zombie Clowns Conquer the World. So when I saw this story about a “party clown” who specializes in stalking and terrifying children for a fee, I was intrigued. This is just all kinds of awesome and inappropriate all rolled into one.