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Common Access WMP Filmmaking Essays

Rashomon | How to Make an Art Film + Solution to the Mystery

Why is Rashomon the ultimate art film? And what really happened that afternoon – with clues from Kurosawa!

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Scriptwriting Basics

How to Create a Great Twist Ending like M. Night Shyamalan

The formula and secret to creating great twist endings every single time.

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Making The Impossible Murder

Yeah, I’ve made a feature film, too. Here’s the tagline: An old lady is killed in a locked room under impossible circumstances. Five witnesses hear her screaming while trying to break open the door to her room. When they enter, she is dead but there is no sign of the killer or the murder weapon. […]

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Making The Impossible Murder

Chapter 2: The Impossible Shooting Script

Now that I had the screenplay in place, and an ending that I thought worked, I was faced with the uncertain challenge of putting it together in a tight shooting script – one that would be purely dictated by the budget and schedule. Most films are budgeted and scheduled after the shooting script is planned […]

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Making The Impossible Murder

Doing the Impossible

The easiest of tasks can appear impossible simply because it hasn’t been done yet. Let me introduce you to the scariest, most humiliating, back-breaking, distressing, overwhelming and ultimately unrewarding experience in motion picture history – the production and distribution of an independent feature film in India.