Academy Awards

Award Season Movie Genres

I’m a big fan of the ten “genres” in Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat books. I personally believe successful movies nearly always can be seen to fit clearly into one of these ten types of stories. (They have five subtypes each – see this chart with movie examples.) In my view, working within one...

Woody and Buzz and Your Writing

Breaking & Entering: Pretend You’re Pixar

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! If you pretend you’re Pixar, you’re bound to bump up your screenwriting to the next level. I’m not insisting you change your desk lamp to a Luxo, although they are pretty nifty. I believe examining Pixar’s philosophy and practices can be illuminating for screenwriters....

An Interview with Kim Krizan on Writing, Creativity and Channeling Your Inner Femme Fatale

Kim Krizan is an Academy Award-nominated writer of the films Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.  She appeared as an actor in the films Slacker, Dazed and Confused and Waking Life, and wrote the critically-acclaimed graphic novel Zombie Tales: 2061.  Krizan earned a Master’s degree in literature and teaches creative writing classes for UCLA Extension.  Original...

It’s On!… Oscar Nominations are Announced! (Full List)

The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced this morning. The King's Speech leads all films with 12 noms, followed by True Grit (10), Inception and The Social Network (tied with 8). Did your favorite film make the list this year? Check out the full list. Who do you think will be taking...