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Creativity in the Movie Business

Creativity in the Movie Business

Various stages of creativity In order to make sense of creativity, Margaret Boden divides it further into stages and forms.     The first division relates to the newness of the idea. An imaginative concept that is new to us, but not new to others is psychologically creative r P-creative.   A concept that is also new to...
Dealing with Absolutes in Film

Dealing with Absolutes in Film

Billiards is a game of absolutes. You cannot play a good game on a bad table. The same is true of film.  Everything must be perfect.  The process does not work otherwise.  The actor’s true personality simply cannot be present. The audience needs to absolutely believe in the character and the story.  This presents a...
The Pursuit Of Imagination

The Pursuit Of Imagination

Albert Einstein said that creativity is imagination having fun.  George Scialabba said: “Imagination is intelligence having fun.” So, fun is a necessary ingredient for imagination?  Most of us have learned that “fun” is immature, trivial.  Successful people are mostly serious. They focus on work instead of wasting their time on frivolities.  But “fun” can have...
Turn Off Your Automatic Pilot

Turn Off Your Automatic Pilot

Bob Dylan said that by stripping away your art, you’d find its true core.  There is a fine line, however, between probing a concept to find its essence and over-analyzing it to the point of blocking creativity. So, to avoid second-guessing yourself, you need to develop the correct techniques of “stripping away.” In stripping away,...
Everything You Need to Know about Film Writing Screen Credits

Everything You Need to Know about Film Writing Screen Credits

Writing Screen Credits Creating the screen credits for your film starts on the first day of prep and ends on the last day of wrap.  The production coordinator presents a draft of the credits on the first day of shooting for the production manager and the producer.  Writing and designing the credits can be a...
Writer’s Block? It’s OK to Fail

Writer’s Block? It’s OK to Fail

The risk of failure will always be present when you act instinctively or intuitively. Creating original ideas involves risks; accepting and understanding this fact is crucial to being successful. All too often we may be tempted to run headlong into a project with a head full of positive affirmations such as, “I will succeed; this...
Filmmaking - The Feeling Level

Filmmaking – The Feeling Level

The feeling level is where connection, intuition and good work happen. The direct, writer and actors must work together to find a personal, emotional affinity to the storytelling and script. Acting, by its very nature, is an extremely emotional profession.  Actors agonize everyday to make sure they are accurately capturing and expressing other people’s feelings....
Intuition

Intuition

Intuition: what is it? Intuition is knowing something that other people do not see. Intuition is not necessarily apparent to everyone, may be contradicted by all other evidence, but you know it is true. Everyone has intuitive moments when you “know” something without having a logical basis for it. A person does not always know...
Power and Influence in Screenplay Development

Power and Influence in Screenplay Development

All script development projects start out small. They consist of a writer, who comes up with the film idea, and a producer, who can also be the originator of the idea. But as the project moves forward, more players get involved and they significantly shape the direction the script takes. They can also drop out...
The Importance Of Questions In Filmmaking

The Importance Of Questions In Filmmaking

The ability to question everything is an integral part of filmmaking.  Questions need to be asked in order to develop stories and personalities for characters, which portray them in an authentic and meaningful manner.  There is, however, no need to obtain definitive answers to all the questions, as this will make the structure and characters...
The Script Development Department

The Script Development Department

Two types of screenwriters exist in the film and television industry—those whose screenplays get made into films and those whose screenplays do not. Every year, the film industry produces thousands of screenplays. Very few, however, make it to the screen. The story’s road from being transcribed into a script to being brought to life on...
The Script Supervisor: Master Of Continuity

The Script Supervisor: Master Of Continuity

The fact that the script supervisor was dubbed during the early years of cinema as the “script girl” tells us two things—first, that the film industry was sadly characterized by sexism, and second, that the value of the script supervisor was largely undermined. Over the years, the term has been replaced with “script supervisor” or,...
Paradigms in Science Fiction and Fantasy Films

Paradigms in Science Fiction and Fantasy Films

Intentional paradigm-challenges have nearly always been a part of artistic creation – both in and out of the film industry. The Romantic thinkers and poets, the French Impressionists, and Modernist novelists such as James Joyce and Virginia Woolf are just a few of the authors who created new ways of thinking about and expressing the...
Improving The Creative Process In Film Development

Improving The Creative Process In Film Development

Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.–Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass Experienced film industry professionals, some of whom are quoted below, suggest the following strategies to improve efficiency and creativity in independent filmmaking. Spend more time on the treatment and involve the producer and/or director Some producers see spending a...
How to Become An Auteur Director

How to Become An Auteur Director

More than half a century ago, the legendary film director and critic Francois Truffaut put forth in the legendary Cahiers du Cinema an equally legendary claim—the auteur theory. There he hailed the film director as the auteur and film as the venue for personal ideas. The director, in other words, is the author of the...
Writing A Script

Writing A Script

What is a script? At a minimum, scripts are made up of dialogue and audio content. They may also have other information that helps producers, directors and others working on the set see what they need to do and when. Purpose of a script Having a script serves a number of purposes. It helps the...
Take Control Of Your Creative Output Without Losing Your Sanity

Take Control Of Your Creative Output Without Losing Your Sanity

The film industry is a minefield today, and the combined pressures of imaginative script creation and successful marketing leaves many of us feeling tired and discouraged. To eliminate the potential for burnout during the long and stressful process of film creation, keep these essential points in mind. Mental Health Usually considered an afterthought by busy...
Chicken Soup for the Screenwriter

Chicken Soup for the Screenwriter

Scripts are your babies. You create them, nurture them, and polish them into perfect expressions of your creative vision. Sometimes, you do such a good job someone decides to finance a movie based on your baby. It’s the culmination of all your work. It’s also the point where you’re most likely to lose the very...