Explore The Adventure Genre in Film and TV


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The adventure genre is built for cinema. It ‘transports’ the audience to remote parts of the world and keeps them on the edge of their seats. So how do you create an adventure movie?


By studying the genre! Even if you aren’t planning to shoot the next Indiana Jones, you can take elements of the Adventure genre and apply them to ANY film to make it more dynamic.



Today we’ll show you how!



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How to Write, Direct, and Survive Your First Feature Film [Interview]


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We talk with director A.T. White about what he learned from writing and directing his first feature.


Personal inspiration can take you many places, but sometimes it leads to pretty horrific results. Director A.T. White used a personal tragedy to inspire his first feature Starfish. It’s an inspirational story about not letting the worst thing in your life destroy you.



The Starfish logline is “With reality rapidly fraying at the edges, Aubrey (Virginia Gardner) finds herself following a string of clues left by her friend. Clues that will unlock Continue reading “How to Write, Direct, and Survive Your First Feature Film [Interview]”

Read the ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Script


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The “Raiders of the Lost Ark” script is maybe the greatest adventure movie ever written. It contains amazing set pieces, dialogue, and exposition. So there’s a lot to learn. Let’s read it and examine the lessons.


Screenplays are living documents that change at every level. Today we’re going to look at the script for Raiders of the Lost Ark and discover how it set the blueprint for the modern studio adventure film while subverting the tropes of the genre.



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Download the ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ Script PDF


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At the time, the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade script was the perfect end to a trilogy. Now, download the third script in the series and learn how theme and character dictate an adventure. And deal with your daddy issues.


Cinema is about creating inspiring stories out of universal issues. It’s about welcoming viewers to small and large stories by appealing to the audience’s inner turmoil. Today we’re dissecting a movie that does that all so well…



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Download the Scream Script PDF to Learn the Fun of Killing Characters


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The Scream script rocked the 90s and reinvented the slasher genre for a new generation. So what lessons can you learn from the movie and screenplay?


The Scream movie script was originally titled Scary Movie. It was a slasher movie unlike any that had come before it. A movie that occurred in a world full of characters who love movies. It was able to subvert all the tropes and expectations audiences had about slashers and deliver something new and interesting.



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Want to Get Your Bills Paid for 3 Months While You Write a Script?


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One deserving screenwriter will win 3 months of paid bills if they promise to write a feature-length screenplay.


What’s the one thing that always seems to get in the way of your screenwriting? No, not TV. Not self-doubt. Not procrastination. Wait…having a full-time job and earning money to pay for bills? Yes! That thing.



SoCreate is hoping to take that pressure off of one very lucky screenwriter with the “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes, which will award $3,000 per month for three months to one lucky writer to cover Continue reading “Want to Get Your Bills Paid for 3 Months While You Write a Script?”

Whup-Ass: The Action Genre in Film and TV


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The action genre is a high-octane thrill ride that gives the audience all the explosions and fights they can handle. But how can you utilize the lessons and tropes of action in your own writing?


Great action movies and television are like riding roller coasters. They pump up the adrenaline and take us places we can only imagine. They’re fun, explosive, and can be kind of hard to write. Action movies need to keep the pages turning but also set up brilliant set pieces that stick out amongst an already crowded genre.


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Read and Download the Juno Screenplay PDF by Diablo Cody


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The Juno screenplay PDF was passed around Hollywood after the Academy Awards. Everyone was talking about the unique voice, tone, and screenwriter. So what else can you learn from Diablo Cody’s screenplay?


There are lots of reasons we want to become writers. Movies that stick out in our mind as the things that pushed us over the edge. But I was a college freshman who had just left his sports medicine track and was trying to get accepted into the film program when a little movie called Juno came out and it was the first Continue reading “Read and Download the Juno Screenplay PDF by Diablo Cody”

TV & Film Genres List: A Comprehensive Study and Guide


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Film and TV genres affect who watches your work, how it’s classified, and even how it’s reviewed. So how do you decide what you’re writing? And which genres to mash-up? The secret is in the tropes.


We’ve all logged onto Netflix or Amazon, even wandered the Blockbusters of old, peering up and down aisles or scrolling through endless topics, trying to decide on the genre of film or television we want to watch. The genre we wind up picking depends on our mood, the day we’ve had, and sometimes it depends on what we’re working Continue reading “TV & Film Genres List: A Comprehensive Study and Guide”

What the Hell is Script Theme and How Do You Get It into Your Story?


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Your script theme needs to carry both the weight of the story and a connection to the audience. That’s a significant burden to bear. So how can you tell if your theme is coming across, or if you even have one?


I went to Catholic School growing up, and we were ALWAYS writing theme papers. They had to have thesis statements followed by three paragraphs supporting the thesis and a closing paragraph. Flashforward to now and that’s basically what I do for a living here. I come up with a thesis, support it, and get Continue reading “What the Hell is Script Theme and How Do You Get It into Your Story?”

What Happens if There’s No Gaffer on Set? (Hint: Bad Things)


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There are lots of titles in the credits of films, but today we want to cover the gaffer and make sure you know why they are on set and what they do!


If you’re like me and sit through the credits, you may notice a lot of different jobs on set. Today, I wanted to take a look at a video that covers the gaffer specifically. Gaffers are not just the namesake of some wonderful tape, they do one of the most important jobs on set.



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Coincidences in Movies and Television are a Disaster…Unless…


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Coincidences in movies and television can take you out of the story or leave you questioning the internal logic of events. So how can you use these random story beats to your advantage?


I think we all can agree that telling a fictional story requires a lot of prep work and planning. You want to make sure every aspect of your screenplay withstands audience scrutiny and makes it through the system to be greenlit and reach as many screens as possible.



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How to Pitch a TV Show to Any Network or Streamer (Free Checklist)


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Now, more than ever, you need to know how to pitch a TV show. Every network and streamer needs content. So, it’s time to learn how to develop your TV ideas.


Do you have a great TV show idea? How can you get it in the right hands? It might be time for you to master the TV show pitch and to write your pitch treatment to get it ready for the room.



You’ve probably heard someone say that we’re in a “golden age” for television. There are 400+ shows on Continue reading “How to Pitch a TV Show to Any Network or Streamer (Free Checklist)”

Download the ‘When Harry Met Sally’ Script PDF (and Learn!)


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The “When Harry Met Sally” script PDF is a piece of treasure. It contains some of the best characters, dialogue, and emotions ever put onto film. So let’s read and learn from it!


TheWhen Harry Met Sally screenplay is a thing of perfection. Nora Ephron was nominated for an Academy Award for her writing but did not win. She should have. The movie is inspiring, witty, and true. It follows the best of friends who learn to be lovers, fall apart, and come back together. It gave us many memorable quotes, performances, and that Continue reading “Download the ‘When Harry Met Sally’ Script PDF (and Learn!)”

High Angle Shot Definition and Usage with Excellent Examples


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High angle shots are used by directors and cinematographers to make characters seem weak or powerless. But how can you utilize them in your own work?


When you’re trying to put together a film you need to sit together with your director of photography and make a shot list. That’s where you’ll pick the different camera angles and movements that will build out your story. So what angles do what? And how will the audience feel if you pick the wrong one?



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20 Dynamic Ways to Come up with Amazing Movie Ideas


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Coming up with movie ideas is not easy. Whether you’re battling writer’s block or just need to start a new screenplay, the journey to inspiration is treacherous. So we came up with twenty ways to get your mind moving!


The process of breaking into screenwriting in Hollywood involves constantly generating new ideas. You and your reps will want to be sending out a new screenplay every few months until one hits. That means you need to constantly be thinking of new loglines and stories so you know what you’re writing next.



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Learn to Write a TV Show Bible With Our Show Bible Template


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Writing a TV show bible is the first step in seeing your idea go from paper to the screen. It’s also the document that will ensure executives and future staffed writers know what’s going on. But how do you make one?


Writing a television show is a massive undertaking. You have to plan out the arcs of multiple characters and make sure you have enough developed plotlines to sustain not only one season but multiple seasons. You can’t just keep track of this stuff in your head. You need to put it all on paper, Continue reading “Learn to Write a TV Show Bible With Our Show Bible Template”

Download all the ‘Chernobyl’ Scripts from Craig Mazin


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Chernobyl is the hottest show of the summer. Now you can download and learn from all of Craig Mazin’s screenplays.


Everyone is buzzing and it’s not from the radiation. Chernobyl has become the most talked about show this summer. Over the last five episodes, we’ve been privy to the human story at the center of the disaster. The writing has been phenomenal. Each episode tackled a different part of the humanitarian effort to save Europe and the trial that ensued after.



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How This Award-Winning Doc Gave a Lost Wyler Masterpiece a New Life


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During World War II, director William Wyler went to Europe to capture American efforts aboard. But much of his footage was lost. Now, director Erik Nelson has assembled it into something spectacular.


When America decided to join the fray in World War II, they knew they would need public support. They recruited from Hollywood and found five brave souls to take their cameras to the front. Frank Capra created Why We Fight, John Huston’s re-enacted The Battle of San Pietro, George Stevens investigated concentration camps and the prosecution of Nazis, and John Ford Continue reading “How This Award-Winning Doc Gave a Lost Wyler Masterpiece a New Life”

‘Old Fast Glass’ Has a Massive Collection of Rare Lenses for You to Rent


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Love the look of vintage glass? Burbank Rental House ‘Old Fast Glass’ has a massive collection of rare lenses that you can use for your next project.


Old Fast Glass is a rental house based out of Burbank that provides an array of cameras and other filmmaking accessories, but they specialize in old, fast, vintage lenses.



We talk with Mark Lafleur of Old Fast Glass about the funky aesthetic, importance, and the company’s passion for vintage lenses.



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