Some people might say its like holding onto the back of every person’s head in the audience and pointing it at exactly what you want them to see at any…
There’s a reason more than a few screenwriting books or books about story allude to the idea of a voyage. Two immediately spring to mind - say John…
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Tone for me is what gives you that certain feeling you feel when you see a film or remember it. Even beyond story points, it’s the tone of the film that…
Neither of the following films are ‘horror.’ They capture an indifferent world, neither good or evil. It just exists and it’s what we do in it that…
The thing about being alive is that you want to do everything and see everything before you die. But that’s impossible. And that’s not something that…
Filmmaking is a complicated business. From discovering an idea, to making that idea actually work as a script, to formulating a vision on how the script…
When I started to write this week’s newsletter I had the intention, like always, to recommend two films but I quickly realised that writing about just…
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Rules are made to be broken I suppose and you could say this week’s recommendation does just that. My friend Pete kept telling me to watch something and…
I think one of the reasons we are so drawn to great characters is that they exist in a brilliantly singular way and do only what they want with such…
“Long is the way and hard, that out of hell leads up to light.” Paradise Lost - John Milton. Maybe like a lot of people I first heard John Milton’s…
When I was growing up music videos and commercials held a very special place in my heart. You’d see a great one and then wait and wait until you could…
If you nail the ending of even a relatively ok film - it can transform the overall experience of everything you’ve just seen. It can elevate everything…