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Screenwriting 101: A Step by Step Guide to Achieving the Impossible – Step 6, by Christopher Riley

November 9, 2012

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“There is no such thing as good writing, only good rewriting.”                                                                                   –Louis D. Brandeis […]

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Screenwriting 101: A Step by Step Guide to Achieving the Impossible – Step 5, by Christopher Riley

June 4, 2012

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Sit down at your keyboard and tackle the script steadily, day by day, knocking down one beat after another. Part of ongoing series: Screenwriting 101: Why Story Structure Matters, Even If You Don’t Want It To Step 5: Writing the first draft by Christopher Riley Before you’ve completed steps one through four, you may feel an almost […]

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Screenwriting 101: A Step by Step Guide to Achieving the Impossible – Step 4, by Christopher Riley

May 18, 2012

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Like painting a house, the prep work is often more important than the paint itself by Christopher Riley Part of ongoing series: Screenwriting 101: Why Story Structure Matters, Even If You Don’t Want It To Step 4: Develop The One Now that you’ve chosen the one — the one movie that you are going to write (step 3), […]

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Screenwriting 101: A Step by Step Guide to Achieving the Impossible – Steps 1-3, by Christopher Riley

May 8, 2012

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The good news: there is a process to finishing your screenplay. The bad news: the process doesn’t make chewing the shoe any easier. by Christopher Riley Part 2 in series: Screenwriting 101: Why Story Structure Matters, Even If You Don’t Want It To Steps 1-3:  From Infinite Ideas to Choosing the One Back in the late […]

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Screenwriting 101: Why the Story Structure Aerodynamics Matter, by Christopher Riley

April 30, 2012

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The magic of flying isn’t the laws of aerodynamics any more than the magic of cinema is the principles of film structure. But those laws and those principles make the magic possible, enabling mere mortals to harness the power of flight.

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The Blind Side Leading the Blind: Better Faith-Based Filmmaking by Living Better Stories

July 1, 2015

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“Wow, I’ve finally met someone who practices but doesn’t preach.” —Sandra Bullock, speaking of Leigh Anne Tuohy, whom Bullock portrayed in her Oscar-winning performance

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Inside Out Screenwriting: What’s My Final Image? by Jeremy Casper

February 27, 2015

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A story is a narrative about a single character who must overcome some sort of conflict in order to solve a very specific problem.

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Why Too Many “Christian” Movies Suck, and Why It Matters, by Brennan Mark Smith

May 2, 2012

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Part of ongoing series: The Future of Faith-Based Filmmaking Many Christians see these movies as a safe alternative to Hollywood’s immorality. Are they?  by Brennan Mark Smith People have asked me to write on this for various reasons, but let me say at the outset: my goal is not to mock anyone’s creative endeavors, but to […]

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The Future of Faith-Based Filmmaking: What is a Christian movie? by Mike Rinaldi

May 1, 2012

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What is the difference between a “Christian” movie and a “Faith-based” film? Many people use the terms interchangeably but they are very distinct things. The distinctions may appear too subtle to make a difference, but believe me, when you talk to studio executives and marketing departments… they are acutely aware of the distinctions. You should […]

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November 3, 2011

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Ashley Arielle studied screenwriting at a college you’ve never heard of, has attended several writing programs of equally vague importance and has blithely put aside any attempt at snobbery, fully embracing her love of the summer tent pole action flick. Her short “Foolproof“ won the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 10-10-10 Competition. She’s taught workshops on […]

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What Will Survive of Us Is Love: Helen Dunmore’s 9 Rules of Writing, by Maria Popova

November 13, 2012

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“A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk.”                                                     – Helen Dunmore by Maria Popova Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published […]

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Christians in Hollywood: A Treatment, by Mission Impossible Writer, Ron Austin

April 25, 2012

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Antagonism between Christianity and a Hollywood establishment is part of the rift between Christianity and much of popular culture itself. But the roots of the conflict go much deeper.

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