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Scriptwriting Basics

The 3 Best Books on Screenplay Writing

What is the Three act structure, commonly attributed to Aristotle? Simply put, it means that everything must have a beginning, middle and an end. This is a tautology of sorts, since every type of art must start and end. It applies to life and death, the seasons, day and night, ad nauseam. What defines its […]

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General Filmmaking

Three Great Books for Directors, on Directing

Three Great Books for Directors, on Directing, how to direct and handle yourself on a set.

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MEM Making The Impossible Murder

VII: The Impossible Shoot

Completing a film shoot on time and under budget is an act of sheer will. I won’t be going into the details of what a shoot entails. However, here’s a list of things to watch out for: The tighter the schedule, the lesser the time to think. The more well-planned you are, the more freedom […]

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MEM 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 […]