The new film Ralph Breaks the Internet went through 283,839 drawings — most of which were thrown out — to find its story.
— Read on www.vox.com/culture/2018/11/20/18099001/animated-films-storyboards-script-story-ralph-breaks-the-internet
When you try something new, your expectations are set quite high. Some people give up on the new thing when it becomes too difficult or when the high expectations they set for themselves aren’t showing.
Last year I decided to join in on the first #FlashFicHive challenge (hosted by Anjela Curtis). This month-long event challenged writers to create flash fiction stories based on all sorts of topics and prompts.
I’ll admit, I didn’t do so well at keeping up that month or in the following challenges (every other month, which is set to change to a weekly hashtag event starting February 1, 2018).
However, I did learn a lot about writing flash fiction (other than the 1,000-word limit). These skills, which I’m going to share with you, are continuing to help me as I attempt to hone flash fiction in a new goal this year — #52weeks52stories challenge (hosted…
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One of my favorite things to do is to go to a restaurant, eat a great meal or dish, and then recreate the dish or meal at home. When I’m served a great dish, I eat it more slowly and try to distinguish each individual flavor comprising the completed dish. Once I figure out what is in the dish, I can go home and experiment with different techniques and recipes.
“Instead of making kindergarten like the rest of school, we need to make the rest of school (indeed, the rest of life) more like kindergarten.” — Mitch Resnick I have Mitch Resnick (or, more specifically, his published work) to thank for sending me down the rabbit hole of innovation in education a few years ago. Mitch Resnick (aka […]
Pixar Animation Studios has launched the first of six free online lessons covering the art of storytelling, led by Pete Docter, Mark Andrews, and other filmmakers from the renowned Disney-owned studio.
The new series is available for free through online-education platform… Continue reading Let Pixar teach you how to tell stories! It’s Free!!
Watch as Steven Johnson takes viewers on an entertaining journey through time to illustrate the inspirations and rewards of progressively disruptive inventing. In just 7 minutes and 25 seconds, Johnson-perhaps inadvertently- argues Continue reading Video:The playful wonderland behind great inventions | Steven Johnson
Dramatic conflict is the backbone of quality screenplays. What better ways to raise the conflict in your screenwriting than modulating the tension in your story?
Tension in your writing can be defined as a period of elevated emotional intensity.
Here are some ways to effectively utilize tension in your story:
1) BURSTS OF TENSION
Tension can be either short lived or sustained. In order for tension to be effective in your script, it must be ACTIVATED, SUSTAINED and RELEASED. Prolonged tension will only tire and disengage your audience.
2) MACRO INTENSITY
The levels of tension must be manipulated to hook your audience. Firstly consider the overall level of danger in the story arc.
In the macro story, the tension needs to be escalated in a “SAW TOOTH” format. This is basically the attack-sustain-release model. Think about the set pieces in your story and how they correlate with periods of tension. My preference is for…
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We don’t want to give anything away, about the season 6 mid-season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead. But there were rockets flying!! Continue reading Video Extra – The Walking Dead – (SPOILERS) Making of Episode 609: The Walking Dead: No Way Out – AMC
Mason jars are absolutely adorable and totally useful! Since I’m quite obsessed, I find ways to incorporate them on The Chic Site and in my home as much as possible. I’m sure, like me, you end up accumulating a variety of jars in your house throughout the week. Instead of recycling them, or worse tossing them out, try one of these creative ways to put them to good use. Continue reading From Huff Post: 13 Creative Ways You Could Be Using Mason Jars | Rachel Hollis