A QUIET PLACE: 6 Story Lessons that Apply to Every Genre

This article originally appeared on Medium. It is reprinted here with permission. by Angela Bourassa (@angelabourassa1) Fair warning: there are spoilers ahead. I never go see horror movies. Never. I wait until they’re available to buy or stream, and then — only if I’m incredibly intrigued by the concept — will I watch a horror movie in the middle of the afternoon... Continue Reading →

A Deeper Look at DETROIT

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film, Detroit, is remarkable on a number of levels. The young men at the center of the story turn in game-changing performances. The musical score lays emotional groundwork for the audience’s journey, and Bigelow’s directing is at the top of her game. The complex yet powerful lens she... Continue Reading →

Facing The Birth of a Nation

An Honest Conversation About the Film, the Storytelling, and the Controversy by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) This week, audiences will finally get to see for themselves what all the talk has been about when The Birth of A Nation finally hits theaters. The power of the film, Oscar-worthy performances, and the personal lives of the creators have... Continue Reading →

Story Expo: 10 Ingredients for Success

by Emily Jermusyk (@EJemily24) A few weekends ago, I was lucky enough to attend Story Expo in Los Angeles. Three days of immersing myself in storytelling, pitching, and the business... what could be better? The weekend began on Friday with an opening keynote from Arnold Shapiro. Mr. Shapiro is an Oscar-winning producer for the 1978 documentary... Continue Reading →

How ScriptFest Won Me Over

by Emily Jermusyk (@EJemily24) The first time I was invited to Pitchfest was a few years ago when I was an assistant in the industry. My boss encouraged me to go on his behalf, to find him writers. I rolled my eyes. I thought, It’s an event that hundreds of unemployed writers attend... How high-quality could... Continue Reading →

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