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
Color Correction with DaVinci Resolve is the official Blackmagic Design certified training book that teaches professionals and students how to get the most out of color correction using DaVinci Resolve 15. The guide uses practical, hands-on exercises for you to learn the program's many grading tools and workflows, and gain an in-depth understanding of advanced … Continue reading DaVinci Resolve Free Training Manuals!
"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?
If you're like me, procrastination always rears its ugly head when I'm about to start writing or doing my preliminary research. In fact, if you search online for "procrastination" and "screenwriters" you'll receive pages of links with suggestions to help overcome whatever is causing your procrastination or writers' block. I'm sure being a novice, fresh … Continue reading Need Help Developing Your Screenplay? Try using some of these apps!
T-MINUS 48 DAYS until I start my new position as VFX Editor Assistant and even though that sounds like eons away, I'm actually starting to "bite too much to chew" with the amount of personal projects I'm giving myself. Starting this blog was a way to push myself towards interacting with the film community at … Continue reading Time Management for Crazy Creatives
As I've mentioned in previous postings, moving abroad has certainly presented itself with its challenges. One experiences this sort of honeymoon period where it feels like you're on a leisurely and meandering vacation. Additionally, a lot of Stockholm's residents pick up and leave in the summer making it feel like you have the whole city … Continue reading Transforming Adversity into Script
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
It's been 270 days since picking up and leaving San Francisco with my wife and our 3-year-old daughter to start our new life in Stockholm. Granted she's from here, but moving over 5300 miles (8600 km) with only what we could fit in our luggage, a few months worth of survival money (we initially thought … Continue reading Adventures of an Expat Filmmaker in Stockholm
I am please to announce that I've completed my list of free filmmaking and media creation software for every possible aspect of filmmaking available in The $0 Budget Software Blog. I hope you find it useful and share with everyone. Cheers! (and feel free to leave a comment). Now it's time to get back to … Continue reading The $0 Budget Software Blog is finished!