Story: Writing Short Screenplays

Writing Short Films This is a condensed version of a screenwriting presentation I do for children and young people. It’s based on my screenwriting training, research and there are a few quotes and ideas from the 22 rules of storytelling by Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats. What makes a good short film? A short film…

Story Making: Thoughts and Exercises

This post looks at working with story, providing exercises and context for storytelling, and indicating texts that may be of use to you in the development of your projects.  There are a million different ways at looking at story and story creation.  This is just one way to approach it.  Please feel free to disagree…

‘Achievability’ in the long take

One of the big issues facing participants in the Understanding Cinema project is the question of achievability. Faced with some of the most astounding feats in cinema – the opening of Touch of Evil, the dizzying thrills of Cuaron, the fluid cinema of Bela Tarr, the Altman-inspired bravado of Paul Thomas Anderson – how can…

What is neorealism?

A great video essay that touches upon the long take, but also points out the differences between a Hollywood made film and its original European version. As the final words state:  “to ask ‘what is neorealism?’ is to ask, ‘what is cinema?’”