Much has been said about the secrets of creativity and where good ideas come from, but most of that wisdom can be lost on young minds just dipping their toes in the vast and tumultuous ocean of self-initiated creation. Some time ago, artist and writer Austin Kleon — one of my favorite thinkers, a keen observer of and participant in the creative economy of the digital age — was invited to give a talk to students, the backbone for which was a list of 10 things he wished he’d heard as a young creator:
One of my favorite shows. Thanks to @pulptone for sending this out.
Really hoping they don’t mess up the Gypsy parts. We have so few good characters and storylines out there.
While David Fincher is no stranger to the small screen format (see our ranking of the 55 music videos he’s directed to date), when it comes to actually getting
(Source: davidfincher, via c4utopia)
Now it’s time to unify our efforts. HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other of humanity, for the entirety of humanity.
Today is the Autumnal Equinox. The days are for a moment equal now. It’s harvest time and there are many celebrations that span almost every culture. If you like the Green Man this was Mea’n Fo’mhair for the Druids and trees were honored with libations. But, in general, most traditions focus on the harvest aspects like the Anglo Saxons’ Haefest monath. If you’re an Asgardian, then you would probably celebrate Fallfest another harvest festival. Most of these festivals are celebrations of thanksgiving, but this is also the time when many traditions that divide the world into realms of light and dark begin to look to the turn to the darker side of life. Gods die. Goddesses die. Winter is coming. For many traditions it’s a time between times, albeit a lesser one, when the divisions between spiritual and corporeal realms are less strong.
What else do writers do but step across these boundaries? If you like the Jungian archetypal view of artists, then we stand with a foot in both worlds and bring the forgotten knowledge of the collective unconscious to the world that needs to hear it. We do it with stories and layers of meaning and characters that are uniquely individuals but who are also all of us whether they are gods or men or even monsters. This might be a time of dark stories or it might be sad stories or stories of heroes who prevail against the night.
Embrace this Time Between Times and the change that we can feel as the seasons turn. Of course if you’re in Los Angeles you’ll just have to imagine or remember seasons. If you usually see the Southern Cross in your night sky, you have the Vernal Equinox and the opposite changes but you still have the energy of change. Start a new writing project. Even if you only make some notes. Or make an old project new. Start some writing with the change that is in the air. Write something down. Resolve to write something on it every day-even if it’s only a paragraph or a sentence. No matter how difficult and busy your life is, you can probably manage ten minutes somewhere. It works differently for different people, but in about a month you’ll have a habit. Before you know it, you’ll be writing longer.
So bake some harvest bread- nice if you have a bread machine-light some candles, drink a libation. Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox the best way possible for writers: recognizing and working the absolute magic of creation.
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From the inestimable @WCMartell
"Hey, we all know what selling a script is all about, right? That’s when some producer gives you six figures for 110 pages of typing - and you get to tell off all of those people who told you that you were a dreamer and to get a real job. But what exactly is optioning a script? Who can you tell off? If you option a script, do you still need to get a real job?"
"But here’s the thing, we already got a Loki movie in the form of The Avengers in 2012. While the God of Mischief was the superhero movie’s main villain, he was also its main protagonist, if you watch the movie from a certain point-of-view."
Interesting to consider from a screenwriter’s point of view.
Thirteen (spoiler-filled!) rules for scripting the perfect hour of dramatic television.
Thanks to Writers Circle for this
Reading movie scripts that have been nominated for or won awards is one of the best ways to learn how to write movie scripts. Let’s jump right into one of my favorite genres—historical drama, aka the “biopic.”