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
As I'm chugging along with my character development, I have tons of plot ideas swimming around in my head. While I continue with my development, I start researching the tools I need in order to structure my screenplay. Need some guidance in structuring your narrative? I know that I do. Here is the basic structure … Continue reading Narrative Structure Framework
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
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
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