Category Archives: Filmmaking

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5 Ways to Write Better Dialogue and Bring Characters to Life

Write better dialogue – it can make or break any work of fiction. A great idea, brought to life with fast-paced action and good characterization, can fall flat if the words your characters speak are not believable. Like any other aspect of fiction writing, it takes practice to write better dialogue, but there are ways to maximize your chances of bringing your characters to life through the words they speak. You can develop ways to write better dialogue by using these methods…
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Cannes 2015 Film Festival Official Competition Selections

The Cannes 2015 Film Festival competition has announced the films for the 68th Annual Festival de Cannes today. The Press Conference for the 68th Festival de Cannes, at which the 2015 Official Selection was announced, was held on Thursday 16th April at 11:00 am in Paris. According to the Festival de Cannes description, the mission of the Festival de Cannes is “to draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level.”

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Quentin Tarantino – On Writing and Directing

Quentin Tarantino is among the most distinctive filmmakers in Hollywood, recognized for his original films like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, the two-part Kill Bill and Django Unchained. His unique style and reputation of breaking all the rules includes non-linear storytelling, strong women in leading roles and a pervasive atmosphere of menace in tone and dialog.
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The Hollywood Reporter Actresses Roundtable 2013

“The Hollywood Reporter Actresses Roundtable” for Tony Nominated actresses is hosted by Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter. He sat down with top actresses dishing on bad auditions, funny jobs and crafting their characters. Watch THR’s conversation with Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Connie Britton (Nashville). The actresses discuss the best and worst advice about acting that they ever received, which results in tissues being passed around.
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The Hollywood Reporter Writers Roundtable 2013


“Hollywood Reporter Writers Roundtable” features Jonas Cuaron penned the action-heavy script for Gravity with his director father, Alfonso, Before Midnight’ co-writer Julie Delpy, Enough Said writer-director Nicole Holofcener, 12 Years a Slave’s John Ridley, Lee Daniels’ The Butler’s Danny Strong and The Monuments Men’s George Clooney and Grant Heslov discuss their craft with executive editor Matt Belloni and executive editor of features Stephen Galloway.
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