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Coffee & Content - Framing Relationships in Fargo & Storytelling Through Editing

Hey guys. Happy Sunday. Today, two more videos for you to enjoy with your morning java. First up, it's a look at how the Coen Brothers used very specific framing techniques to define character relationships in Fargo. I love this one...I think you will as well Next up, I have a brilliant look at editing in storytelling. This video is a piece of art unto itself that will no doubt invite repeat viewings. As always, all I ask in return is that you pay it forward and share this content thr…

Coffee & Content - Up Your Storytelling Game & The Art of Creativity

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Let's brew some dark roast and enjoy some content.  How about it? My first video today comes from Teppo Haapoja who lends some thoughts on how to up your storytelling game by grabbing all the shots you need to assure you're not getting caught short in the editing room. Next, I have an oldie but a goodie.  It's a fantastic TEDx talk from visual artist, actor, writer and director Taika Waititi called The Art of Creativity.  Consume, bookmark, …

Coffee & Content - Brand Building for Screenwriters & Jordan Peele's Inspiring Keynote

Sorry I missed you guys last week! It's been a whirlwind these last few weeks attending and speaking at iTVFest, Austin and now AFM. It's also been enormously rewarding. Never gets old meeting so many inspiring and talented Stage 32 members. Further, it's been fascinating to hear the tales and strategies of various creatives and executives as it relates to this ever-changing landscape of writing, filmmaking and distribution. I hope to share more in the coming weeks. In the meantime, how …

Coffee & Content - 29 Screenwriter Mistakes & Roger Deakins' Connection to Cinematography

Happy Sunday to you all.  Hope you're also enjoying and participating in Introduce Yourself Weekend! Today, I have two immersive videos for you to enjoy.  First up, it's a collection of 29 screenwriting mistakes from our good friends over at Film Courage.  Next, Roger Deakins gives you an intimate look at his personal connection to cinematography. Brew yourself a nice cuppa, kick back, and enjoy the content! Cheers! RB 29 Screenwriting Mistakes   Roger Deakin…

Coffee & Content - Building Your Creative Confidence & How an Artist Turns Pro

Happy Sunday to all. Today, I have two videos that lean toward the inspirational.  First up, it's a TED Talk with David Kelly - How to Build Your Creative Confidence.  This is one I have a feeling many of you will bookmark and watch repeatedly. Also falling into that category is my 2nd video for today - How to be Creative: How an Artist Turns Pro.  I think you'll find yourself motivated and ready to get those creative juices flowing. Enjoy the java and the content.&nbs…

Coffee & Content - Lessons From Blade Runner & The Hero's Journey

Jacked up on some serious Ethiopian dark roast this morning.  Pretty jacked up about the content as well. On this fine Sunday, I'm bringing you two fantastic videos I think you might want to watch more than once. First up, lessons from the script of the original Blade Runner.  The sequel is now upon us and it seems as good a time as any to revisit what made BR work and why it's had such a lasting influence not only for film geeks, but for those writing sci-fi as well. Next, …

Coffee & Content - Stephen King's 3 Levels of Horror & 15 Essential Camera Shots

Good morning and a very happy Sunday to you all. This week for Coffee & Content, I have two videos I think all can gain from.  First up, with the global success of It, now seems like a great time to take a look at why Stephen King's storytelling and horror expertise has stood the test of time.  You'll get some insight from the master himself with Stephen King's 3 Levels of Horror. Next up, for all the filmmakers, cinematographers and those who are looking to control their…

Coffee & Content - The Actor/Director Relationship & The Art of Suspense (Blue Ruin)

Happy Sunday to all.  Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. Today, I bring you two videos I think you'll truly enjoy.  First up, it's a look at how directors can get the most out of their actors by avoiding "Result Direction.” Next up, we look at one of the hottest indie directors of the last few years, Jeremy Saulnier.  Jeremy's first two films, Blue Ruin and Green Room, were not only critical darlings on the festival circuit, but also lauded by storytellers and…

Coffee & Content - Tarantino on Finding Your Voice & The Cinematography of Moonlight

Happy Sunday, everyone. Another two videos this week for you to enjoy with your favorite roast. First up, it's Quentin Tarantino speaking about how films can inspire and influence, but how you can go about finding your original voice. Next, cinematographer James Laxton takes us behind the scenes on the making of Moonlight.  It's a fantastic look at the mind of a terrific artist.  Think you'll find it quite insightful. As always, I ask you to share this content with those yo…

Coffee & Content - Adapting The Shining & Developing the Characters of True Detective

Happy Sunday, everyone.  And for those celebrating in the States, Happy Labor Day weekend. In this edition of Coffee & Content, I have two videos I believe you'll find most informative.  First up, it's Stanley Kubrick and The Shining.  It's well documented that Stephen King was not on board with Kubrick's adaptation of his epic novel.  In this video we see how and why Kubrick made his choices in what he included, expanded upon and what he left behind. Next up, a…

Coffee & Content - Screenplay Lessons From Ex Machina & Film Editing by Feel

Happy Sunday to you all. Today, I have two tremendous videos for you to enjoy with your java.  First up, it's a look at some screenplay lessons from Ex Machina.  I know we have a ton of writers on Stage 32 who have very mixed feelings about this script, so I hope to see some debate in the comments section! Next up, a look at how film editors think and cut by feel.  I absolutely love this video and think you'll find it fascinating as well. Personally, I think this conten…

Coffee & Content - Mark Duplass Says Make Movies, Not Meetings!

If you've hung around these parts long enough, you've heard me preach time and time again that there's never been a better time to take matters into your own hands and control your own content. The demand for new voices and original ideas is at an all-time high and the avenues for getting your work out there is increasing by the day. But don't take my word for it. Here's an inspiring and motivating dose of reality from Mark Duplass to kick off your Sunday and get your mind racing. Ple…

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