Monthly Archives: January 2011

Movie Review: “The King’s Speech” (2010) A

I was determined to watch The King’s Speech because I wanted to see the performance of one of my favorite actors, Geoffrey Rush. But it was the skills of a less known but equally talented actor that captivated me. His … Continue reading

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WEBSITE WEEKLY UPDATE: 01/23/2011

Two major updates this week: Parallel Editing (cross cutting) This article has been thoroughly updated with more explanations and examples, now containing a clip from The Silence of the Lambs (1991) which illustrates the technique being used. Art vs. Business … Continue reading

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Does “Vampires Suck” Really Suck?

Just so you know, if I had had a choice, I would have not watched Vampires Suck (2010). Not in a million years. But I was with my girlfriend’s friends and they CHOSE to rent it. I emphasize the word “chose” because … Continue reading

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WEBSITE WEEKLY UPDATE: 01/15/2011

By popular demand, I’m releasing my first page on Composition, which surveys lead room, the rule of thirds, and dynamic and static compositions. More coming soon… To request a topic or lesson, use this form. Thank you. Best, Gabriel

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An Old Typewriter – Lessons from Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin

A Golden Globe nominee, The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is being featured on one of this month’s issues of The Hollywood Reporter. Sorkin, who gain some notoriety from the Hollywood spotlight  back in 1992 when A Few Good Men … Continue reading

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WEBSITE WEEKLY UPDATE: 01/06/11

Two updates last week: Mise-en-Scène Our page on Mise-en-Scène is the most visited page in our website, so I thought I should include a clarification on the term. Shot Sizes Our page on Shot Sizes is also one of the most … Continue reading

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What do all great filmmakers have in common?

Mastery of the Craft Well, besides passion for the medium, they have sheer knowledge of all the elements present in a film production. They apply both form and content to create a succinct, intriguing, and relevant message in their films. … Continue reading

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Just Do It – Lessons from Author Stephen King

Last Monday I was watching Stephen King’s biography. I was fascinated at his remarkable life story. For those who don’t know him, King is one of the most famous and prolific fiction authors of all time. King has written and … Continue reading

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WEBSITE WEEKLY UPDATE: 12/31/2010

Two major updates on the last week of 2010: New: What is a MacGuffin and how to improve your screenwriting technique with it? In my opinion, a MacGuffin is one of those obscures screenwriting  techniques that some screenwriters (especially newbies) … Continue reading

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