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Armistice Day films

The 11th of November is known as Remembrance Sunday here in Britain, and Memorial Day in America.  What the day was originally celebrating was the armistice, the end of the first World War (then only known as the great war.)  With the end of hostilities, and the war officially over, there was an illusion of […]

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Vote Attila: Pitch

Logline: A debate shakes the colosseums. Who should take over the Roman Empire? Then, a new candidate emerges: Attila the Hun. Fantasy High Budget Short Synopsis Most people know Attila the Hun was a warrior, called the scourge of Rome. Attila has featured in novels as a villain or a hero.   but he’s sometimes confused […]

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Are you an employee, freelancer or co-founder?

Okay, so there are also retired people, students, volunteers, homemakers and so on. However, when you’re considering recruiting, or trying to earn a living, there are three common kinds of contracts. Most of the time, we assume that job adverts are looking for employees. When I was in my late teens, and I answered an […]

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5 myths about film grads and film students

Film studies has gotten a lot of bad press recently. That might be because there are some second rate film schools, especially in Britain, where film is treated as a dumping ground for academics who’d rather be in the social sciences (and the social sciences are already a dumping ground.) Well, just because film students […]

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How the masters dealt with disapproval

At first, i was going to call this “dealing with criticism.” Artists, writers, students, historians and jobseekers often get unsolicited feedback from friends, former colleagues and relatives, and it can seem like a lot to deal with.  When you write or create art for mass consumption, criticism can come from complete strangers. But, criticism isn’t […]

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Why your website’s survey sucks.

So, as we’ve said last time, time is money.  Your readers might know this, and therefore be unwilling to give a survey after they found what they need, right? Well, more and more, I’m being asked to answer surveys on almost every website I visit (especially media and government websites.) These are usually put at […]

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The Ptara Christmas message

Every year, around the world, heads of state give Christmas messages.  The first time a British Monarch gave such a speech was 1932, when George V said the following.  (If you are patriotic, British, and love history, then this might bring tears to your eyes. Otherwise, it might help you sleep.) So, what do we at […]

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Mountains Out of Molehills

  Mountains out of molehills First published on Social Media: Mar 1, 2016 I had many titles for this post. The ass-u-mers, The Bore Who Cried Adolf, A Pipe is just a Pipe, but most of them were, well, a bit hyperbolic. Anyway, take a look at the image above for a few seconds, and […]

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