Horizontal or Vertical?

The fact that my computer screen is horizontal, my TV is horizontal, theater screens are horizontal, and almost every other camera format (apart form smart phones) creates a horizontal picture (OK, anyone remember 120 film which Kodak invented for their Brownie? - its format was almost square!) and, oh, the fact that when you play back vertical phone video on almost every device you get black side bars filling out the screen, isn't all that irrelevant?

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10 Steps To Writing A Movie Pitch: A Case Study

 

Exclusive Bonus: Click here to download the 8 screenplays you must read to learn how to write a screenplay (all scripts will be PDFs).

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4 Ways To Stop Wasting Your Video Editor's Time!

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Must Read for Journalists And Writers

         As much as anyone who was part of the world of journalism in the 1970s, McDonell carried some of the era’s aura around with him, having been an editor at Rolling Stone and spending a lot of time hanging out—a polite phrase for smoking dope and drinking a lot—with everyone from Hunter S. Thompson and George Plimpton to Jim Harrison and Tom McGuane.  He did stints as editor at Outside, Newsweek, Sports Afield, and Sports Illustrated, became president of the Paris Review Foundation, and joined th e the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review. In  2012,  McDonell was elected to the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame.

     Accidental Life jacket SMALL comprsdHe was a traveling ringmaster at a time when circuses had three rings, even as he watched them all shrink to one, lose the animals acts and give it all over to the clowns in the 21st century.  He has, therefore, enough material for several volumes of his own bio, but instead, in his new memoir The Accidental Life, he distills all the important, funny, decadent, sad, egocentric, destructive, brave, manic, hysterical, and declining aspects of the last four decades of journalism into an elegantly written 370-page book cast in short chapters (the word count is even given), ranging from insightful personal essays on Kurt Vonnegut, Gay Talese, Jann Wenner, Liz Tilberis, James Salter, Warren Hinckle, and Steve Jobs to straight talk about the business of journalism, from money to deadlines, from ad sales and declining circulation, to having constantly to defend S.I.’s Swimsuit issue, which in his heyday sold more than 1.5 million copies on the newsstand.

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Gene Wilder's Lesson on Directing and Performing Comedy

 

 Despite some of his over the top performances (I'll bet the set of Young Frankenstein still has bite marks on it!) Wilder was playing for the emotion of his character in a given situation. Yes, an actor can add some laughs but generally it's the script and the situation --including character and dialogue that makes a scene funny. Ever watch someone try to "ACT" funny in a scene that has no inate humor? It's embarrassing! Big gestures, exaggerated expressions and delivering your lines with unusual emphasis can't make something funny which isn't. For proof, I offer the opposite of Gene Wilder—Jack Benny...and many others such as Rita Rudner. When the writer creates a funny character and puts him in a funny situation that's when an actor goes to work and makes the emotions of that character come alive. For both Directors and actors, THAT'S how you get laughs.  It might even make people think you are a comedic genius.

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Not Just for Writers: Gonzo Journalist Dies

 

Hinkle-1024x1024.jpg         As Ramparts grew in notoriety and circulation, which topped out at 250,000, it attacked everything its editors and writers saw as wrong-headed, specious and downright criminal, and while never the pinko commie rag some accused it of being, it delighted in interviews with Che Guevara, with an intro by Fidel Castro, and published the prison diaries of Elridge Cleaver.

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The World Is Turning

 

It began life as the ITVA, which in it's day counted 10,000 members or more. The ITVA was a major force in the field of corporate video, communications and beyond. I still see ITVA awards and plaques on the office wall of some corporate media managers. Before the millenium many large corporations began out-sourcing their media operations, closing their in-house studios and laying off producers, writers, camera operators, editors and technicians. Membership in a professional organization and the need for continuing education in technology and methods in a fast changing industry was no longer subsidized by big business. All those employees were now freelancers. And to many freelancers, dues were just another expense.

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When Editors Had Their Writers' Backs

In an ironic sense Woodward and Bernstein’s coverage of the Watergate Scandal back in the ‘70s put in gear two opposing aspects to journalism: On the one hand, editor in chief Ben Bradlee of the Washington Post courageously ran with the story while threatening to castrate his two young reporters if they got it wrong, which, on one serious occasion, they did.  And the NY Times has paid vast sums of lawyers’ fees to keep some of their reporters out of jail rather than reveal sources.  

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Around The Table Interviews

You may find some recognizable names among the list of our guests, but Around The Table is not about ratings or star power. It's about sharing and learning from each other. As the name implies, the idea is based on the same concept as our website: friends and equals conversing about business and career for mutual benefit. We created the icon of chairs at a round table to convey that image. Think of someone's kitchen table or even a coffee shop. And of course, whether you work in narrative film, TV, video, audio, social media, web design, or any other associated field, we all fit under the sobriquet, MEDIA!

The guests so far range from performers to techs and everything in between. It's an eclectic list of experts with diverse personalities. But they're all interesting—and very good at what they do! We talk about career, accomplishments, tricks of their trade, beginnings, lessons learned, mentiors and influences and pretty much anything else which comes to mind at the time. I guarantee you'll learn something from each interview and gain a lot of respect for each of these media experts.

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Binge Watching Did Not Start Yesterday

 

But that was just the popularization of the concept for the modern era, as the viewer was able to access all episodes consuming them rapidly.  It is not when binge watching began.

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