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The Building Blocks of Story: Organize Your Ideas into an Effective Structure

Imagine that there was one foolproof way to come up with a story. Well,

Cinema Law: What are the Rights of a Documentary Subject?

Q: What rights does the subject of a documentary film have if the film

Hollywood Inequality Made Headlines In 2015 But Did We Make Any Real Progress?

I’ve been writing about culture for six years, four and a half of them

First Draft: Five Tips For Writing Action Sequences

Action sequences can be a screenwriter’s best friend or worst enemy. If you can

Social Media for Moviemakers: Everything You Always Wanted to Know

Keeping up with your crazy cousins, reconnecting with your high-school crush, maybe even documenting

Meet Your Crew: How The Script Supervisor Keeps It All On Track

The job of a script supervisor was devised around the ten arbitrary things that

How the Tiny Studio Behind Coraline Became a Powerhouse

TEN YEARS AGO, Laika could have just as easily named itself “Longshot.” Sure, it

Shtumi in the Spotlight: How to Turn an Info-Heavy Story into Riveting Drama

“That first draft must have been 300 pages.” If I had a nickel for

High Concept, A Recipe: The Four Essential Components to a High-Concept Pitch

The single most in-demand quality of a script is for it to be “high

Why ‘The Dressmaker’s’ Jocelyn Moorhouse Took 18 Years To Make A Movie

Jocelyn Moorhouse was living the Hollywood dream when life decided it had other plans

What visionary directors really have to gain from making Marvel or ‘Star Wars’ movies

I appear to have upset a number of readers yesterday by suggesting that I

How to Direct Actors: Advice from Actor-Turned-Director Nick Sandow of The Wannabe

On a typically tight indie production, getting any rehearsal time at all is an

David Fincher and Martin Scorsese on why Hitchcock was more than the Master of Suspense

Director David Fincher was 7 when he saw the film book “Hitchcock/Truffaut” on his

Commercial Actors Should Never Half-Ass Their Career

This month is going to seem like I’m pulling out the tough love. A

MovieMaker’s Fourth Annual Guide to Digital Distribution: A Game of Thrones

What a difference a year makes. Independent film distribution has continued its blink-of-an-eye evolution

Theaters Are Messing With Your Senses To Make Movies More Real

Neuroscientist Poppy Crum was watching a video of a fire dancer when she had

Community-Based Moviemaking Takes Off: Drone Enthusiasts Unite to Create Rotor DR1

Moviemaker Chad Kapper sees the future of filmmaking as a new paradigm, where entertainment

Let Practices In Gratitude Elevate Your Auditions

Dear Actors, With Thanksgiving just behind us, here is a lovely little reminder that gratitude

“Always Give Exposition While Running From a Bear”: Drew and John Erick Dowdle on No Escape

For the past few years I’ve been bemoaning the decline of the mid-range genre

How Screenwriters Can Find The Emotional Journey Of Their Characters

“This is not a science or a formula; it is a tool designed to

Self-Distribution: You Don’t Have to (And Probably Shouldn’t) Do It All Yourself

The Director of Independent Film at Tugg has some thoughts to share on how

Jon M. Chu Weathers Box-Office Disappointment, Advises to Never Say Never

The L.A.-based nonprofit Film Independent put on the three-day conference for independent moviemakers. This

‘Toy Story’ at 20: How Pixar gambled on computer animation and changed movie history

Twenty years ago, moviegoers witnessed the birth of a new filmmaking technique that would

Will ‘By the Sea’ Kill Hollywood “Favor” Movies?

As Universal and Warner Bros. take hits with films from Angelina Jolie Pitt and

7-Minute Video Essay Explores The Differences In The Film Or The Novel

If your answer to the question “the film or the novel?” is “whichever one