This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with film directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. They talk about starting by making commercials for big brands such as Nike and how they transitioned into feature films. Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion have directed several features, most recently Becky (2020), the action packed Bushwick (2017) and the horror... Continue Reading →
by Eric Edson (The Story Solution) When you sit down to write a movie, sometimes you’ve got so many great characters running around in your head – all doing terrific stuff while you chase after them to get it written – that it’s easy to lose track of one particular character you should maybe keep... Continue Reading →
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Kimble Rendall has worked as Assistant Director and Second Unit Director on some of Hollywood’s biggest films, including The Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, I, Robot, Ghost Rider, and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Taking his knowledge of the action/adventure genre, he has now stepped into the director’s role himself with 7 Guardians of the Tomb, a project he... Continue Reading →
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Last year, I discussed eight verbs that would make your pitch or logline more commanding. That post ended up being one of the most popular articles I’ve written. For review, the verbs used in your pitch should be both external and visual. Many writers begin with an internal process or journey as... Continue Reading →
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) A listener will usually know in the first ten seconds of hearing about your story if their curiosity has been piqued or not. Every word should be chosen wisely when pitching your idea. However, no other part of the pitch has as much potential to invite the listener in as the action... Continue Reading →
I have a process where I eliminate dialogue and replace it with actions that can speak the same truth, if possible.
Character gives us qualities, but it is in actions -- what we do -- that we are happy or the reverse. All human happiness and misery take the form of action.
Let's start this series off with one of the fathers of the action genre, Shane Black.