Crowdfunding 201: A New Model From Seed & Spark

I love this guy! #film #soderbergh #goodmovies

I love this guy! #film #soderbergh #goodmovies

Excerpt From “The Screenwriter’s Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story

I always advocate learning more. Maybe good writing will rescue the movie bidness!

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Screenwriter's RoadmapFrom Chapter 14 of The Screenwriter’s Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story: What’s the Worst Thing That Could Happen? Push Your Protagonist to the Edge at the Climax. Learn more about the book.

by Neil Landau

The climax is the ultimate test.  The protagonist’s facing his/her ultimate fear, and usually requires a final challenge of the character’s growth or change.  A deep understanding of the needs, wants and fears that drive the hero allows for the creation of an “ultimate” test, action or crucial symbolic “graduation” that is the best fit for that particular protagonist, genre and film.  Choose wisely.

I believe that all movies are, on some level, coming-of-age stories — no matter the age of the protagonist.  For it is this test that shows us, the audience, if the hero has, in fact, grown.  After the climax, there are usually only one or two scenes of resolution, reaffirming that the hero has really changed, and then the film is over.  Sometimes the change is substantial.  Sometimes the change is almost imperceptible.  What matters most is that we care. 

Heighten the climax.  

The anticlimactic ending is predictable and lacks dramatic heat.  A potent climax will be surprising and even explosive.  Some touchstones for an effective climax can include making the protagonist: a) confront the true antagonist; b) overcome character flaws; c) come-of-age (a rite of passage); d) deliver the truth; e) face an ultimate moral dilemma; and f) emerge as a freer and/or truer self (aka catharsis – more on this below).

In Jerry Maguire, Jerry (Tom Cruise) is great at friendship, but terrible at intimacy.  In the climax, he puts himself completely out there for love.  His audience is a bitter group of divorced women.  He tells Dorothy (Renée Zellweger) that she completes him and then waits.  He is emotionally naked, raw and vulnerable.  Will she love him back?

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Now that you’ve had time to digest to most stylish films in Hollywood, take a look at the 25 least fashionable films of all time. Acid wash and all.
Pictured: Breakin’ Two: Electric Boogalo

vanityfair:

Now that you’ve had time to digest to most stylish films in Hollywood, take a look at the 25 least fashionable films of all time. Acid wash and all.

Pictured: Breakin’ Two: Electric Boogalo

What Nora Ephron Taught Me About Love In The Movies

When Harry Met Sally is still a bit of brilliance.

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“Ephron wrote fairy tales that spun things that really happen – reconciliation over time, mysterious chemistry, complex and loaded friendships, love after grief and loss – into things that don’t happen, or don’t happen very much. But I always recognized in those stories pieces of people I knew and conversations I had had; they were like choral compositions where everything else is just pretty sounds, but you can pick out the alto line because you sang it in choir fifteen years ago. ”

thatweirdcrush:

Okay……
Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton in the same movie…. how can I process this?

thatweirdcrush:

Okay……

Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton in the same movie…. how can I process this?

Hollywonk: The Science Behind Movie Catchphrases

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Frankly, my dears, we DO give a damn about why some movie lines are so memorable, and why some are not. So we read with great interest about a study that explores the very question, using the complete scripts of about 1,000 different movies.

It all boils down to this, according to The…

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Hollywonk: Amazon Studios is Now Accepting Proposals for Original Series

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Amazon Studios launching seriesAmazon Studios, the movie-development arm of Amazon.com, today announced that it is expanding into episodic series — specifically primetime comedies and children’s shows.

TV writers and creators are invited to upload series proposals that will be reviewed by the Amazon Studios team…

Watched and (kinda) enjoyed Shame. It’s a good movie but it’s not a feel-good movie by any stretch. Michael Fassbender was fantastic. Deeply disturbing and dark film about addiction.

Watched and (kinda) enjoyed Shame. It’s a good movie but it’s not a feel-good movie by any stretch. Michael Fassbender was fantastic. Deeply disturbing and dark film about addiction.