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Monthly Archives: May 2012

This weekend in movies May 25, 2012

Empty Theater

And this weekend’s top box office is…
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Plots Are Conflict Resolutions


People thrive on conflict.  There’s a reason why shows such as Jersey Shore and Real Housewives of (Name Your City) are so popular–they’re all about conflict.  Feature films are no different.  They need a strong central conflict that drives the story with a lot of little conflicts along with way.  In its basic form,...
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Writing romance – the guidelines


Romance Writers of America, an organization for romance writers, notes that every romance should contain two basic elements, “a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending.” So whether you are writing a  novel or a screenplay, there are a few important guidelines you’ll should probably stick to. See Romance genre guidelines. A dash of character: Two...
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This week in movies 5/18/12


Guess which movie takes the top spot this week?
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Write About Real Life Instead of Movie Cliches


Nobody likes to see clichéd plots in movies.  After all, everybody and his brother has pointed out the tried and tired plot that Avatar used, which was similar to a slew of movies like Pocahontas, Dances with Wolves, and Fern Gully.  In fact, people hated it so much that Avatar made $2.75 billion worldwide. ...
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This weekend in movies 5/11/12

Interior of a Movie Theater

Top three movies this weekend…
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Plot Is Determined by Setting

Old Manual Typewriter

The plot of any story is driven by the choices its protagonist makes.  However, the other major factor that affects the plot is the setting–the time and location the story takes place.  Not much thought is given to setting of movies in general; if a movie uses a contemporary setting, then it’s obvious that...
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How Important Is Theme?


When asked, “What’s Moby Dick about?” you can answer in two ways:  1) it’s about an old sea-captain searching for the whale that took his leg years ago; 2) it’s about how obsession can destroy you.  The first answer refers to the plot of the story while the second comments on its theme. 
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This weekend in movies 5/4/12


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