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  • Why You Should Write a Spec Script For Television

    December 19, 2013

    Most young writers have a feature film spec script tucked away in their portfolio. Writing "on spec," which means writing something in your own time in the hope of selling it to a studio, is one way screenwriters break into the industry.

  • The Pixar Model: What Makes It So Successful?

    December 17, 2013

    With more than $7 billion in box office revenue and 27 Academy Awards, Pixar has done the seemingly impossible: It has made acclaimed films that actually make money.

  • Indie Film: Tips on Writing a Low Budget Script

    December 13, 2013

    Writing an indie film doesn't mean limiting yourself to a specific genre. Any story, from sci fi to comedy, superhero to family drama, can be made on a low budget. The trick is in how you tell the story. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before you start on your first draft.

  • Found Footage Films: Beyond The Horror

    December 13, 2013

    Found footage is most often considered a horror film gimmick. The truth is, however, that the style itself is a subgenre and a powerful device that can be used to tell stories of all kinds.

  • What Students can Learn from Foreign Films

    December 10, 2013

    Discover how students can learn from foreign films and much more at Brooks Institute.

  • How Your Favorite Films and Filmmakers Can Influence Your Work

    December 6, 2013

    What is it that we love about the movies? Is it purely escapism? Or is it possibly that we realize in our favorite characters and films a model for achieving the seemingly impossible? Here are three filmmakers and the hidden lessons you can learn from their films.

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