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Why Manners Matter in Music, Film, and TV

The Work Requires Effective Human Interaction If you want to work in music, film, television, radio, or anywhere in media and entertainment, know this: manners matter. All of these industries are heavily focused on human interaction and communication and knowing one’s manners really is a crucial component of getting noticed, earning respect, and moving on […]

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The Power of Positive Thinking for Creatives

If you’re a creative person who’s experienced moments or even long periods of time feeling unsure about yourself or conflicted, you’re not alone. Creative people tend to examine the external world and to delve deep and ask questions that aren’t even on the radar for most folks. The payoff for their capacity to feel and […]

Great Movies about Moviemaking

#1 – The Player Directed by Robert Altman, written by Michael Tolkin and based on his book by the same name, the 1992 film The Player sees a Hollywood film studio exec’s life collapse in on itself after he murders a fledgling screenwriter. It’s a film that makes fun of the film industry and the […]

Screenwriting 101: making lists

For The Love Of…Lists

Oftentimes writers can get stuck on a specific aspect of the creative process or find themselves circling a specific theme or story trope over and over again (even some of the best and most famous writers have been guilty of this faux pas). One way to jumpstart your brain into working in another direction is […]

Five Scientific Discoveries That Need to be Movies

Looking for some inspiration or a subject matter you can really sink your hooks into? If so, all you have to do is take a look at some of the many real world scientific discoveries that have taken place over the past few years. There have been a number of massive breakthroughs that are so […]

The Lowdown on Recorded Sound Through The Ages

When thinking about the history of recorded sound, it’s best to split things up into four categories: The Acoustic Era (1877 to 1925), The Electric Era (1925 to 1945), The Magnetic Era (1945 to 1975) and The Digital Era (1975 to present). In 1857 a Parisian printer and bookseller named Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville invented […]

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Filmmaker Daytrips: LA Film Locations

The greater LA area of Southern California is rife with pieces of film history. Literally thousands of LA film locations have been used to create far away galaxies and subterranean hideouts throughout the sprawling mecca which is composed of nearly ninety cities and thousands of neighborhoods. Want to delve into LA’s cinematic history? You too […]

Francois Truffaut

Truffaut: A Brief History

Although many Americans don’t know this, even though it’s common knowledge in France, François Truffaut was a film critic prior to becoming one of the most critically praised writers and directors in cinema. As you probably know, the dialogue between film critics and filmmakers is often a contentious one. A great many filmmakers say they […]

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