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Structure is something that every agent and executive in Hollywood talks about, and that all of us teachers/authors/consultants/gurus/whatever go on and on about, to the point that it can seem complicated, intricate, mysterious and hard to master. So I want present plot structure in a way that simplifies it – that will at least give you a starting point for properly structuring your screenplay without overwhelming you with rules and details and jargon. Here are what I consider ten key elements of structure – ten ways of looking at structure that will immediately improve the emotional impact – and commercial potential – of your script. THE SINGLE RULE OF STRUCTURE I once got to work with long time television writer Doug Heyes, who used to say that there is only one rule for achieving proper plot structure: What’s happening now must be inherently more interesting than what just happened.

MULTPILE WRITING SAMPLES Writers - especially screenwriters - are frequently told that before pursuing representation, they should have at least two completed writing samples. Agents want to be certain you're committed to writing as a career, and aren't just tossing them something you knocked off in a weekend. They want to see how you can develop a variety of characters, stories and even genres. And they know that if you're a talented writer but a producer or editor isn't interested in their initial submission on your behalf, they will already have a backup to pitch them.Certainly completing two or more scripts before approaching anyone in power helps insure that you're putting the best possible example of your talent out there. The more you write, the better you get - it's really that simple. But I don't necessarily agree that you need to wait to have two completed scripts or novels to begin marketing yourself.

Year in Review: The 15 Best Foreign Films of 2009 Goddamn I’m sick of making lists. Thankfully this is the last one of the year for me, and even better it’s the one I find most important. Foreign movies don’t always get the attention or the exposure they deserve, so it’s nice to have the chance to highlight the ones I think are the best. And while some folks believe the term ‘foreign films’ should only apply to foreign language films I’m tired of that artificial restraint, so this list is open to movies from any and all countries outside of the US. (Except Luxembourg of course.

Screenplay Basics - Scripped A Scripped Compendium by Johnathan Carr Traditional storytelling recounts past events, whereas screenwriting is locked in the present - thus you may not deviate from PRESENT TENSE. You may also be tempted to describe every inch of the world you're creating - don't! Reverse Key Lighting @ Evan E. Richards I used to work with a cinematographer named Rob Draper (Halloween 5, The Spitfire Grill). He was having me practice one day by shooting a product shot for a whisky bottle. I had set the bottle up in front of a seamless backdrop and put a light in front of the bottle at about a 45 degree angle. Rob came in to see how I was doing. His first comment was “What made you put the light in front of the bottle rather than behind the bottle?” I hadn’t really thought much about it.

BOOKS INTO MOVIES When the hero of your love story or romantic comedy is choosing between two lovers, you must be careful not to lose sympathy for your hero, and not to create any ambivalence about the outcome of your story, even though someone's heart might be broken. The same applies when your hero is competing for the affection of the romance character, and the hero's rival will be jilted if the hero wins. In either case, you have four ways to create a satisfying ending for your story. 1. Make the character who will be left behind a jerk who deserves to be jilted. So if the hero’s - or the Romance character’s - current love interest has done something underhanded to break up the hero and his soul mate, or if the rival is pursuing the hero for insidious reasons (his money or position, for example), then we won’t feel bad that the rival gets dumped.

s 100 YEARS...100 LAUGHS AFI Announces The 100 Funniest American Movies Of All Time. TOOTSIE, DR. STRANGELOVE, ANNIE HALL and DUCK SOUP Complete The Top Five Movies LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2000 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced the 100 funniest American films, as selected by a blue-ribbon panel of leaders from across the film community, last evening during a three-hour special television event. SOME LIKE IT HOT, the 1959 classic starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon which was written, directed and produced by Billy Wilder was ranked #1. Following SOME LIKE IT HOT in the top 10, in order, were: TOOTSIE (#2), DR. Glossary of Motion Picture Terms (A-G) 1D LUT: A 1-dimensional lookup table is a static color translation table that converts one input value to one output value. There is a 1-to-1 correspondence in the input and output values in a 1D LUT. 16 mm: The frame is one-fourth the size of a 35 mm frame and has a 1.33:1 television aspect ratio. The film can have perforations on both sides or on just one side.

Technical Articles You’ve probably seen a dark horror film, a well-lit romantic comedy, and a grim and gritty war movie. Digital effects are sometimes used to colorize the film during post-production, but what gives each of these types of films its unique look and feel is the knowledge of how to light a scene and the type of lighting used on location. There are a couple of simple techniques you can employ that will get your lighting just right for your video. The first of these is basic three-point lighting, which you can experiment with below.

MASTERING OUTER MOTIVATION If you've ever heard me lecture, or ever read almost anything I've written, you've heard me talk about Outer Motivation -- a clear finish line that the hero is desperate to cross by the end of the story. All fiction is built on the emotional power of DESIRE and CONFLICT. And almost all successful movies and novels define a VISIBLE goal that the hero or protagonist is desperate to achieve. 15 Amazing Animated Short films - StumbleUpon We all love short animated films, but creating short film is very hard task. Putting whole story in 5 to 10 minutes is not easy. Can you imagine?