Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Linda Cowgill's book was our text book at CFS for writing shorts and script-coverage. Here's some stuff from her to consider:
Ten rules for a successful short script:
- Know who you're making your film for. If it's for yourself, that's who you have to satisfy. If you're making it as an entry into the industry, your film needs to work dramatically as well as technically. Competition is stiff.
- The longer the story, the better the film has to be. Length comes down to what the story dictates. But if a film is over 15 minutes it really has to be great to keep people watching.
- Write the script you can produce. Don't write a script with production values you can't effectively achieve.
- The best ideas are simple. Focus on one main conflict, develop and explore it in surprising ways.
- Set your film up in the first 60 seconds. If you're writing a ten minute (10 page) movie, you can't take the first 5 pages to introduce your characters before getting to your conflict. Establish your conflict as soon as possible.
- Make sure conflict escalates. Know what your character wants (the goal) and what's preventing him from getting it (the obstacle), and make sure your audience understands it, too.
- Try to develop the conflict in one main incident as the set piece of your project. Many great short films develop the conflict in one incident to great effect, exploring character in ways feature films rarely do because they rely more heavily on plot.
- If your film is less than 5 minutes, one type of conflict might be sufficient to satisfy your audience. But if your film is over 5 minutes, you're going to need to various obstacles or complications for your hero to face.
- Just because your film is short doesn't mean you can't have an effective mid-point and reversal. Anything that keeps your audience from guessing your ending is an asset.
- Make sure your ending is the best thing about your great film. Your pay off is what you're leaving the audience with and it's how they're going to remember you.
Here is the link to above article and also to some great dope by her on plotting, emotions, conflict et al (check the right-side column):
....There is no doubt that Asha Bhonsle and her elder sister Lata Mangeshkar have been amongst the greatest singers in this country but music history should be a little more objective and not necessarily from their point of view or from the view point of people they have been close to. The two sisters have outlived most of their contemporaries and God should give them many more years to enrich our music. But over the years, they have apparently developed some biases and prejudices and this should not come in the way of giving an accurate account of things.
The programme on Asha was extremely good but she was hesitant throughout in naming OP Nayyar, the composer who actually was her real mentor. Many in the music world still say that had there been no OP Nayyar, Asha's talent may have remained latent and undiscovered for many more years. This composer, who died a few years ago was the original rhythm king of the industry and helped in shaping Asha's career more than RD Burman, also a great composer who later married her....
Blog: Asha 'disowns' OP Nayyar
Monday, September 14, 2009
We know you've been working very hard on your screenplay, but before you go looking for some professional feedback, you might keep in mind the following piece by A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson.http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/09/i_will_not_read.php
....Which brings us to an ugly truth about many aspiring screenwriters: They think that screenwriting doesn't actually require the ability to write, just the ability to come up with a cool story that would make a cool movie. Screenwriting is widely regarded as the easiest way to break into the movie business, because it doesn't require any kind of training, skill or equipment.
Everybody can write, right? And because they believe that, they don't regard working screenwriters with any kind of real respect. They will hand you a piece of inept writing without a second thought, because you do not have to be a writer to be a screenwriter.
SciFi Writer David Gerrold Reacts to Olson's "I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script"
Monday, September 7, 2009
Now...what's stopping any one to execute such a flick?!
Made for Schweppes. Schweppes branding was weaved within the film as was the Schweppes mnemonic device "schhhhhhh'. In 4 weeks The 12 minute long branded film is fast approaching a million views on Youtube and is the 57th top rated film on Youtube, ever.