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The Idea is a book that could save screenwriters weeks, months or even years of time wasted on projects that will never make it to the screen. Erik Bork points out that readers, agents and producers are “…severely underwhelmed by more than 99 percent of what they receive.” What they are looking for is “a great idea that’s well executed ...

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In this video, we look at what constitutes a film homage, and what I consider to be the criteria for a good one. As an example, we look at a sequence from FRANCES HA, where Noah Baumbach quoted director Leos Carax from his film MAUVAIS SANG. YouTube Video Preview: Bad Hombres And Good Homages + 2 Character IntroductionsIn this video, ...

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If anyone tells you the that a screenwriter must set up the story goal before the end of Act 1, avoid their screenwriting advice. They don’t understand drama. I’ll explain in a minute. The internet is rife with advice of all kinds, and I find it increasingly difficult to locate useful gems. If you’re really critical, you could argue that ...

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Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: Le Clown et l’Enfant (2017) Language: English Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2ICpsGD THE AUTHOR Yves Lavandier took a degree in Civil Engineering, then studied film at Columbia University, New York, between 1983 and 1985. One of his tutors was Frantisek (Frank) Daniel, the same teacher who inspired Paul Gulino, author of “Screenwriting, the Sequence Approach”. During this time he wrote and directed ...

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So we’ve started a YouTube channel! Steven Miao created the opening video sting and Mukul Kandara helped with setting it all up. Thanks, guys! The channel had been in the making for a long time, but I just have been too busy with clients, teaching and workshopping awesome projects. What I was planning on doing in January 2017 has finally ...

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