Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters

Sandro Miller pays tribute to some of the most iconic portraits ever taken with the help of actor John Malkovich.

See more at the Catherine Edelman Gallery

Miller tells Chicago’s Catherine Edelman Gallery that,

John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea and within moments, he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process… I’m truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator.

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Big Eyes Official Trailer

Finally a movie from Tim Burton that doesn’t star Johnny Depp and doesn’t center around something weird… well almost…

A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s. Big Eyes is set to open Christmas, 2014

Big Eyes

An Argument Against Screenplay Formulas

In a 5-part series of essays, Scott Myers goes into detail on why screenplay formulas are really formulas for disasters.

Save the Cat

There is a burgeoning cottage industry of ‘screenwriting gurus’ selling what some call The Hope Machine. The Hollywood mansion. Tesla Roadster. Movie premieres. Write a script… strike it rich!

How to get there? If you’ve spent any amount of time clicking through the online screenwriting universe, you doubtless have seen ads with messages like these:

The secret to a million dollar spec script! How to write a screenplay that agents will want and studios will buy! Your bulletproof path to screenwriting success!

What many of these folks are selling — and that is their bottom line, to get you to buy their product — is a screenplay formula. To convince you they have some unique insight into screenplay structure that can somehow magically translate into a script Hollywood would feel compelled to acquire.

The assumption is that there is some right way to write a script. Their way.

I am here to tell you this: They are selling you a lie.

The truth? There is no ‘right’ way to write a script. Every story is different. Every writer is different.

Worse, the increased presence of these progenitors of screenplay formulas is having a negative effect, both with individual writers as they strive to learn the ins and outs of screenwriting, and the perception and practice of the craft of screenwriting in Hollywood.

As a screenwriter, teacher, and blogger, I intersect with hundreds of aspiring writers every year, and they convey to me two general complaints over and over again.

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Part 1: They are selling you a lie

Part 2: Formula leads to formulaic writing

Part 3:They diminish the craft of screenwriting

Part 4: They make the job of a screenwriter more difficult

Part 5: Times have changed and so have expectations

10 Forgotten Inventors Who Created Film As We Know It


Dustin Koski lists 10 innovators of film that shaped the medium’s beginnings and forged the look of modern cinema.

Jack Foley

Daring movies delight audiences, so we applaud filmmakers who do new things with the medium. Despite this, and despite how fanatically some of us study movies, many of the people most responsible for today’s filmic wonders are forgotten or overshadowed by a few famous figures. Let’s give a handful of these innovators their due.

Jack Foley

Although Jack Foley didn’t invent sound effects, he definitely helped codify the form. With the success of The Jazz Singer in 1927, the former director and stunt performer found a new calling. The rush was on to add sound to silent movies as fast as possible. Foley added a particularly rich soundtrack on the 1929 film Show Boat.

Foley was very precise and attentive at his job. In describing adding sounds of footsteps for stars of the time, he said, “Rock Hudson is a solid stepper; Tony Curtis has a brisk foot; Audie Murphy is springy; James Cagney is clipped.”

Probably his finest hour is alleged to have occurred during the shoot for his last picture, the 1960 classic Spartacus. Stanley Kubrick wanted to do two days of reshoots with countless extras on a project that was already immensely expensive—because he was unhappy with the live sound recording. Foley solved the issue by getting his car keys, jingling them into a microphone, and creating the metallic sound effect used in the film.

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