THAT CUTE DOG & PHOTO CREDITS

THAT CUTE DOG & PHOTO CREDITS

PUMPKIN! You are totally wondering who that cute dog in the photo is right? That is Pumpkin. Pumpkin is a celebrity dog she does not even need a last name she is like Cher. I kid you not. At Austin Film Festival? People often have no clue who I am — but they all know...

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DISCOMFORT

DISCOMFORT

DISCOMFORT   I really enjoy Mark Wildman’s clips and I’ve always believed this particular clip, about becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable, has a lot of carry over into writing. Writing’s not easy. Not the kind of writing we’re doing at any rate, taking...

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GOAL VS TASK

GOAL VS TASK

GOAL VS TASK   One thing to keep in mind plotting a story is that there is a difference between a primary story goal and tasks protagonists undertake to achieve the primary story goal. For example, looking at the film The Blues Brothers, (1980 starring Dan...

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FIVE KICK ASS FEMALE CHARACTER INTRODUCTIONS

FIVE KICK ASS FEMALE CHARACTER INTRODUCTIONS

FIVE KICK ASS FEMALE CHARACTER INTRODUCTIONS   DANCES WITH WOLVES, MICHAEL BLAKE EXT. INDIAN CAMP – DUSK Several travois are parked in a clearing. It’s a scene of terrible woe. On the travois are dead bodies. Women members of several families are grieving as they...

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SOUTH PARK WRITERS SHARE THEIR WRITING RULE #1

SOUTH PARK WRITERS SHARE THEIR WRITING RULE #1

SOUTH PARK WRITERS SHARE THEIR WRITING RULE #1   This is a great presentation from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker on plotting using the key words “but” and “therefore.” It’s brilliant. Watch it. [video...

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RETURN OF THE SCREENWRITER’S UNIFORM

RETURN OF THE SCREENWRITER’S UNIFORM

RETURN OF THE SCREENWRITER'S UNIFORM   The original screenwriter’s uniform blog post appears to be lost in the interwebs somewhere (how does this happen?) but it keeps coming up in conversation. (Also, according to fashion experts, white sneakers are back! Whoah....

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RECOMMENDED SCREENWRITING BOOKS

RECOMMENDED SCREENWRITING BOOKS

RECOMMENDED SCREENWRITING BOOKS Screenwriting books you should have on your shelf:   A Martian Wouldn’t Say That ~ Leonard B. Stern Adventures in the Screen Trade ~ William Goldman Conversations With My Agent ~ Rob Long Creating Unforgettable Characters ~ Linda...

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ACTOR BAIT

ACTOR BAIT

ACTOR BAIT   There’s a great anecdote in the book “Your Screenplay Sucks: 100 Ways to Make It Great.” It’s the year 2000 and William Akers, the author, is standing in line at a movie theater to see Finding Forrester. Two guys are in front of him and one says,...

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ABOUT

ABOUT

ABOUT THE AFW Max Adams founded the online school The Academy of Film Writing to offer classes and subjects to students and workshoppers other curriculums are missing. [She knows they are missing because she's a competition judge and has seen what's out there. Whoah.]...

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