Cinematic Storytelling (9)

Sheila O’Malley’s post on a close-up of Bud White in L.A. Confidential reminded us that characters with dimensions, with varying inner conflicts and emotions – a.k.a. depth – foster the right circumstances for great acting through close-ups. CLOSE-UPS, BABY! Of a moment in which we watch Bud, Sheila writes: “He is totally still. He doesn’t blink. He just stares. … Read more

Best o/t Web 28 Nov

:: 10 screenwriters to watch :: Screenwriter’s stammer inspires The King’s Speech :: A Francis Ford Coppola profile :: Roger Ebert’s 10 greatest films of all time :: Secretariat is simply Seabiscuit for rightwingers :: On books and movies :: Scribe’s father more proud of daughter’s yams than her scripts :: How to break in from the outside :: Buffy the Vampire Slayer without … Read more

I want to talk to you.

For most of the year, the posts on this blog have been from guests. And where I signed for them myself, they were mostly more academic, analytical pieces. Unlike other bloggers, I rarely use a personal voice. Insecurity is a big hurdle, I must admit. My fellow bloggers are just amazing in their use of … Read more

Breaking Into TV, Via The Web

I spoke with writer/director Nicholas Carlton (OzGirl) about telling stories for the web, working with social media, webisodical story structure and how an online series has given him a pathway into exciting new territory as a filmmaker. Karel: Your approach to OzGirl was innovative in many ways, as was recognized by an array of international awards. … Read more