Add Powerful Meaning to Your Screenplay With Metaphors

The truth behind writing movie scripts, or any script for that matter, is that a screenwriter conveys a metaphor of life itself in his or her story. Scriptwriting, in itself, is not life, even though writers might obscure the lines between fiction and reality. Just take a look at any Star Trek or Star Wars … Continue reading “Add Powerful Meaning to Your Screenplay With Metaphors”

Rolling Ball Sculptures in "Fracture," the Anthony Hopkins Movie

Rolling Ball Sculptures, both desktop and 6ft high are featured in the 2007 Anthony Hopkins movie “Fracture.” These elaborate rolling ball machines serve as dramatic metaphors for the character of Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) and the story, symbolic of the many complicated and cunning plot twists to come in this clever up-to-the-minute suspense thriller. Anthony … Continue reading “Rolling Ball Sculptures in "Fracture," the Anthony Hopkins Movie”

Script Analysis – Where the Wild Things Are – Archetypes and Emotional-Symbolic Screenplay Structure

Script Analysis: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t yet seen “Where The Wild Things Are,” you may want to check it out before you read this article. Let’s set aside the question right now of whether or not Where The Wild Things Are is a good movie. Let’s set aside the … Continue reading “Script Analysis – Where the Wild Things Are – Archetypes and Emotional-Symbolic Screenplay Structure”

My Verdict on Balance (1989) A Short Film

If one wants to understand the directors’ vision of the short film Balance, he/she would have to possess great knowledge of German history or be prepared to delve into the subject. The leading political parties in those days may have (and I use ‘may’ because I’m not entirely surely) curtailed the freedom of expression, which … Continue reading “My Verdict on Balance (1989) A Short Film”

Trainspotting Analysis

Trainspotting adapted from Irvine Welsh’s novel and made by the Shallow Grave team of writer John Hedge, producer Andrew Macdonald, and director Danny Boyle, giving us characters and moments that are unforgettable. Ewan McGregor plays Renton, an on-and-off heroin addict who can’t decide whether to clean up or regress in the company of his loser … Continue reading “Trainspotting Analysis”

Why THE FOUNTAIN is an Underrated Science Fiction Film

Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain was a colossal failure. Its box office receipts were well below its small budget, and the critics found it mediocre. It was also one of the best science fiction films in the last decade. And here’s why. A Painting Unlike most films today, The Fountain used very little in the way … Continue reading “Why THE FOUNTAIN is an Underrated Science Fiction Film”

Writing a Compelling Independent Film Prospectus to Entice Investors

The fun part of your pre-production process is over and now it’s time to focus on the business aspect. And make no mistake about it: As fun and rewarding as movie making is, it is a business. Your potential investor is excited to be a part of the film industry; however, their main objective is … Continue reading “Writing a Compelling Independent Film Prospectus to Entice Investors”

The Movie "Chocolat" and the Law of Attraction

“Chocolat” is a delightful movie set in “a quiet little village whose people believed in tranquility. If you lived in this village you understood what was expected of you and you knew your place in the scheme of things and if you happened to forget, someone would remind you.” These are the opening lines of … Continue reading “The Movie "Chocolat" and the Law of Attraction”