10 Essential New Tracks from NY-Based Artists: Bellows, NOIA, and more

NOIA – “Ciudad Del Humo”

Barcelona native Gisela Fulla-Silvestre becomes everyone else in the new music video for “Ciudad Del Humo,” the new NOIA track which brilliantly showcases Gisela’s ability to decorate an experimental electronic landscape with pop sensibilities. Hear the new Crisàlida EP in its entirety on Bandcamp and other streaming media.

argonaut&wasp – “Composure”

If there’s one thing you can expect from argonaut&wasp, it’s fun and danceable tracks. “Composure” is no exception; its synth grooves are icy cool Read the rest

6 Things to Do Before Writing Your Screenplay

Every great screenwriter in film history started somewhere, tapping away on her or his very first screenplay. If you’re preparing to embark on your own screenwriting journey for the first time, congratulations! It’s an exciting (and frustrating) adventure, but if you stick with it, you’ll learn more about writing and storytelling than you would ever get from a class or book.

Before you type FADE IN, take a look at these six preparatory steps. They’ll help you make sure you Read the rest

Keys to Writing the Perfect Movie Character

Your film’s main character is arguably the most important part of your story. She or he is the one that each person in your audience will identify with — and root for — on the adventure that makes up your plot. It’s vital that your protagonist is strong-willed, courageous, and active in every decision along the way, but most important is that they change over the course of your film. That arc of change is the key to creating a Read the rest

Essential Tactics for Inspiring New Screenplay Ideas

Professional screenwriters are not in the business of waiting around for great ideas to appear out of thin air. The ability to generate new story concepts on-demand is an essential skill that must be practiced and perfected in order for a writer to be successful — and if you know the right places to look, it’s not as difficult as it sounds. Here are few tips to help you come up with story ideas without depending on divine inspiration.

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6 Essential Cinematography Tips in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon

For those just getting into the oeuvre of Stanley Kubrick, Barry Lyndon can seem like the redheaded stepchild in his body of work. It lacks the groundbreaking psychedelic effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the sleek brutalist ultra violence of A Clockwork Orange, and the dread-inducing Grand Guignol soul horror of The Shining. In fact, on paper, Barry Lyndon kinda sounds like the cinematic equivalent of
homework: a three hour 18th century costume drama starring one of the most derided … Read the rest