Some people learn by study and observation. Others learn by trial and error. Most of us learn through both methods. However, there are a few practical filmmakers out there who deny that they learned anything other than by experience. Let’s contrast those with theoretical filmmakers, who learned how to make great films before they ever […]
The largest area of investment fraud today is in cryptocurrencies. Fintech, Biotech and other fields have fraud, and of course, fraudsters still pose as producers in film investment, including schemes links to tax breaks, and realtors in real estate. Every few years, in the 1980s, in 2000, in 2008, the market crashes partly because trusted […]
Joe Eszterhas claims he conceived of, wrote, and sold his most famous screenplay in 13 days. A script that he wrote “in essentially 10 days.” That leaves ten days to get it to his agent, get in rejected by a reader (which he also claims happened) and then get his agent to bring it to […]
Think about it. You’ve worked hard all week, doing your job. Or even all day. Finally, you have some time off, to spend with your family, or be alone, or learn a new skill. What are you going to do? Attend a seminar about your day job? Now, if you go to a networking event, […]
What is moyen metrage? It’s a French term for mid-length films, like a one hour tv special perhaps. Shorts we tend to think of as under 30 minutes, and features as over 80, so I think the English language needs a word for mid-length films. Now, there’s a huge difference between shorts and features, and […]
As the second Monday in May starts mental health awareness week, we thought he’d find six films that show what Hollywood thinks about mental illness. This list may expand as time goes on, but we feel these are most representative of the way society changes its views.
According to the Wiki people, “Studies show Latin American men understand masculinity to involve considerable childcare responsibilities, politeness, respect for women’s autonomy, and non-violent attitudes and behaviors.” Masculinity with a latin accent, or machismo, is being used as a word to describe criminals by the BBC and others. They are contending that traditional Spanish culture […]
I like people who talk about themselves. It’s more interesting than politics, or academic philosophy. Let me know what you’re doing, what you’re struggling with, what your dreams are, and I can see whether we can help each other. Now, increasingly, more and more LinkedIn titles are meaningless. They are philosophical sales pitches that tell […]
I can’t stand The Lorax. This year’s Peter Rabbit looks even worse. Most environmental films make my eyes roll because they are so badly written. To prove this isn’t some anti-green thing, I’ve chosen 5 green films that I actually enjoyed.
There’s a common misconception that writers get paid per word. But if you look carefully, only amateur writers, bloggers and diploma mills quote how much a writers should be paid “per word.” But we’ll get back to that later. “Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous.” – L Ron Hubbard, sci fi writer, 1948. […]