Recently, I caught myself doing something I am not particularly proud of: comparing myself to another person in the field of videography and filmmaking. Granted, I have enough self-awareness not to put myself alongside, say, Peter McKinnon, who has been at this game for years but I still feel I was unfair to myself nonetheless. Let me explain.Read More
One of my creative writing instructors in college asked us to pull out a piece of paper at the beginning of class and write down people or events in our lives that we believed to be remarkable. Me being me, I asked how we were to define what was or was not “remarkable”. And of course, the response I received was that it was up to me. But for the sake of being less argumentative than I might have been at that time, the Oxford Living Dictionary defines remarkable as “worthy of attention”. Ask yourself which ones you talk about most - or which ones you don’t. Where do you put your attention?Read More
For argument’s sake, let’s say that you focus solely on one screenplay. You put all of your time, energy, and creativity into one singular film idea - and it happens to get picked up by the studio you want to work with who can get you the director you’d love to see bring it to life with your dream cast, production has started, the whole nine. There will still be the question of “What else are you working on?” Oh, crap. In all likelihood, they don’t expect you to hand over a perfect feature film script right that moment but the recommended number of completed scripts agents require to even entertain a new writer is at least three.Read More
As a person who writes movies and television scripts, I look at a film or a show differently from say, my mom or my sister, in the way that my brother who is a musician listens to a song. I see action lines, scene headings, look for character arcs, and cringe at on the nose dialogue. And as someone who is only recently learning that I cannot control everything (nor do I need to), I got to be very precious about my work, believe, perhaps correctly or incorrectly, that no one would be able to properly convey what I had in my mind and put on the page on to the screen. Therefore, I would have to write, cast, produce, direct, edit, and promote all of my projects on my own and breathe somewhere in the moments in between. That was the only logical answer.
But that’s just ridiculous.Read More
The first time I heard this song, it was a suggested track on Spotify from a playlist of songs I want to write treatments for which includes the original version of Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes. What struck me about this version was how different a story came to mind for me in comparison to the one I had for the original. Not that it didn't essentially have the same theme of one potential partner being a better match for the singer's object of affection or that the tempo didn't suggest a dance video. Rather what I could not get out of my head was essentially remixing the remix.Read More
This is not a secret formula “how-to” for instant success for artists. It really is about the long-game. If that’s what you’re looking for, I’d say look for another book. Probably also look for another career because anyone who finds success in film/television, writing, painting, etc., finds it after years of unseen work behind it. Yeah, I entered contests and did fairly well in my first year of submissions but it was for a script on a subject I started studying about when I was a teenager. See what I mean? And I’m not even close to where I want to be in terms of my artistic goals. But what Kleon provides are tools to help you get discovered by getting your creative work out into the world.Read More