The 85th Academy Awards made a classy change to their program: Film students, rather than models, were chosen to present the Oscar trophies on stage.
The AP reported the inspiration behind the change:
“This tradition of the buxom babe that comes out and brings the trophy to the presenter to give to the [...]
John August’s Quote-Unquote Apps has released a new typeface for screenwriters called Courier Prime:
I wanted a font that could be substituted letter-for-letter with Courier Final Draft, but look better, both on-screen and printed. I wanted a bolder bold and real italics, not just slanted glyphs.
Alan [Dague-Greene] rose to the challenge, [...]
On Tuesday I attended an advance screening of the new Tim Burton film Frankenweenie, followed by a Q&A with screenwriter John August. This event at USC was a treat for me because 1) the film was quite enjoyable and 2) I’ve been following John’s blog and podcast for many years. If you haven’t been by his [...]
This statement is absolutely true and not hyperbolic in any way: I used to dream in film cuts.
My dreams unfolded the way a film was edited, complete with montage, camera angles, and fades. This behavior was particularly apparent back in college when the USC cinema school continued to deny my application and [...]
On Tuesday, I saw a great indie film called Liberal Arts written and directed by Josh Radnor, who is best known for portraying Ted Mosby on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother.
His sophomore feature, as well as an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the story follows 35-year-old Jesse (Radnor) who returns to [...]
Remember that scene from The Social Network when the college kids are “plugged in” and coding Facebook? No distractions. No knowledge of the outside world. Only the music blasting through their headphones and their work.
This can be a valuable tool for writing, as well, when you need to stop thinking and do what you do [...]
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Last night I saw a sneak preview of the independent film Compliance. It’s about a prank caller who pretends to be a police officer and convinces a fast food manager that one of her employees committed a crime. [...]
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