How to Make An Award Winning Movie Without Film School

Greta Gerwig never went to film school herself, but she is now an Oscar Nominee and shares the best filmmaking advice from her experience.

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Building A Back Story Without The Danger of Losing Yourself

There are many acting techniques to help with backstory, some famous some not, but I can only agree with one known as “the best kept secret of Hollywood”

Anatomy of the Best Loglines

Knowing where to start in the creative process of writing can be daunting for a first time filmmaker. I know it was for me. I’ve tried building a story around every possible thing imaginable, and I found Blake Snyder’s longline method from his infamous book, Save the Cat, to be the most effective. His argument … Continue reading Anatomy of the Best Loglines

Aliens: Screenwriting Principles From a Perfect Film

Written by Brenden Bell. *********THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE 1989 FILM ALIENS************ If you’ve listened to me talk about movies, you know how much I love James Cameron’s Aliens. I gush over it endlessly, describing in detail the first time I watched it; sitting on the edge of my sofa, yelling at the … Continue reading Aliens: Screenwriting Principles From a Perfect Film

Creating Dialogue that Doesn’t Completely Suck

written by Brenden Bell   I hate writing dialogue. Ok, that’s not entirely true. I’m not good at writing dialogue, and therefore I hate it. When writing a script, it’s always the thing I change a million times more than anything else.   This is probably because my least favourite experience as a screenwriter is … Continue reading Creating Dialogue that Doesn’t Completely Suck