Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Blog Salad: Characters, Loglines, and Free Stuff

Nothing to write about? Scrape together several unrelated links, I always say! Okay, so they're not unrelated, they are all about filmmaking. Best of all, they all concern free goodies, which is always music to the microbudgeter's ears. Check out the links from the salad this week, and benefit from the wisdom and generosity of others.

Building Character
Screenwriter Julie Gray forks out some great advice in "Give Your Characters Some Credit" over at her blog, The Rouge Wave. Among other things, she talks about the importance of every character (no matter how small), and how they need to be written as real people, not stereotypes. This may sound like common sense, but Julie recommends grabbing your script, reading aloud, and asking yourself: would a real person say that?

Logline Jam
After a month-long absence, the guys at the $1000 Film blog are back! Recently there was a great post about writing the logline for your script. This is the synopsis of your story crystallized into one sentence. Not only is this a great way to tell people what your story is about, but it will help you stay focused as you march along the rewrite trail. It's a long post, but it's full of good ideas and examples (as usual). I also think that the logline is the best source of your tagline (your film's slogan), which always looks great on a movie poster.

No Cost Software to Make Movies With
"Free" is always the best price. Especially when you're trying to make a flick with next to no cash. Self Reliant Filmmaking turned me onto a great post over at Free Geekery, listing 15 freeware titles that every filmmaker needs. This is a pretty good group and covers all kinds of tools to write, storyboard, edit, composite, budget, and more. Do your production a favor, and save your money for the hardware by utiliziing at least some of these very helpful programs.

1 comment:

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My friend and I were recently discussing about technology, and how integrated it has become to our daily lives. Reading this post makes me think back to that discussion we had, and just how inseparable from electronics we have all become.


I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Ethical concerns aside... I just hope that as the price of memory decreases, the possibility of downloading our brains onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's a fantasy that I dream about almost every day.


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