If you haven't already heard of Emma Coats' famous tweets regarding storytelling rules she's learned during her Story Artist days at Pixar, you should definitely do an online search for it. You'll find several different sources including Open Culture, Aerogramme Writer's Studio, and even a super-deep analysis by Stephan Vladmir Bugaj. And of course, … Continue reading Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling
Coffee is brewing and I'm in the middle of character development for the family members in my screenplay. One of the things that I remember from my screenwriting class was the professor always asking us "whose story is it?" That's a good question, especially since I have three family members who can all easily fill … Continue reading Focusing on the Protagonist
"Who's your Mafia?" That's the question a former cinematography professor posed to the class as they stared blank-faced back pondering the question. "Who's your family? Who are your connections?" That's how the lecture regarding working in the film industry started. The crux of the lecture was about building a network of colleagues as connections to … Continue reading Who’s Your Mafia?
I'm sure many of my fellow alumni from San Francisco State University are proud of Samuel Crossley for crewing as one of the cinematographers on the Oscar winning Free Solo. I remember him talking about working on it during his last year at school, but I don't think I fully realised the scope of the … Continue reading Perseverance for Living & Filmmaking