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pitches

Rinsed in Blood

Tiney would kill to run her own salon. And she does, taking a shortcut to success, where the scissors fly so fast that they’re rinsed in blood. Tongue Twisting alternative tagline : Merthyr’s most murderous hairdresser makes hideous cuts “Rinsed in Blood.”

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film pitches

The Sorrows of Deirdre

So, I had a film called “The Sorrows of Deirdre.”  I noticed something interesting.  Depending on who I pitch it to, my pitch changes. LinkedIn Pitch: It’s called “The Sorrows of Deirdre” and it’s based on Celtic mythology. Deirdre has been cursed with such beauty, that men’s desires her threatens to divide Ireland. To settle […]

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review

Why I don’t review short films

Hi Vasco – thanks for sending me your review. I deliberately chose mediocre films, because that’s more of a challenge than describing excellence. While your review was fun to read, and very well written (actually the best of all the submissions), its tone was far too negative, to the point of sourness, for what I […]

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film history

6 films about Mental Illness

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.

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screenplay writing

3 ways to work with a writing partner

Or, “Three Ways to Collaborate on a Screenplay.” A lot of people offer advice to screenwriters. We don’t. We write scripts in house, produce our own stories, and provide services to film production companies. So, screenwriters are not our target market. So far, apart from a few student projects where working as part of a team was […]

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film review

5 Remakes that pass for originals

We’re growing tired of remakes.  Some rehashes claim to be better than the original, but we’re not sure “better” is the right word. Do we need another Karate Kid, another Dr Doolittle, another Ghostbusters, another Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another Steel Magnolias?  What was wrong with the first film? (The second Karate Kid was […]

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review

Apocalypse Now Redux: review

Walter Murch, yes the Walter Murch, travelled all the way to Aberystwyth to take questions on his film, Apocalypse Now. Okay, so Murch was only the sound stylist, right? An editor, not a director, star, screenwriter or even a producer. Producers take home the best picture award, directors get to be thought of the auteur, […]

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editorial

List of movies

Love them or hate them, here’s a list of movies. It’s not a good list, or a bad list, just a list. Some have won awards and become classics. Others have been largely forgotten. Some we watched on the recommendation of friends.  Others we had to see for class. Still others just happened to be […]

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The Disaster Artist (review)

At Ptara, I directed two microbudget feature films. Make that nanobudget. One had a crew of two (excluding the three actors, who also crewed, and a few kids who helped out on sound one day), the other was basically me editing a large variety of footage to make it coherent. There were challenges in both, […]

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screenplays

Our own version of Tay

I hate the tech-heavy narcissism of the Internet. Yes, Shakespeare mentioned the theatre in his plays, but none of his protagonists were full-time stage actors.  Montaigne acknowledged what he was doing, but he didn’t go on  and on about the craft of writing essays.  Did Caxton repeatedly publish books about publishing?  No.  Not even film is […]