The Cinematic History of Fake Blood

There are a lot of ways to make the screen bleed – in this course we dissect the history of fake blood from its origins in the Theater to modern recipes for making characters bleed on screen.

This course is sponsored by RØDE Microphones


Grand Guignol (modified)
Vegetable Glycerine
Color with Red, a little Yellow and a drop of Blue Food Coloring

Kensington Gore
2 Parts Golden Syrup (Light Treacle)
1 Part water
Red/Yellow/Blue Food Coloring
A bit of Corn Starch (Corn Flour in the UK)
Peppermint Extract to taste.

Modified Dick Smith Recipe
2 Quarts Corn Syrup
5 oz Water
Red/Yellow/Blue Food Coloring
Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer to Thicken
Liquid Lecithin
Peppermint Extract to Taste



The Shining Blood

7 Ways to Master the Art of the Script Rewrite

Rewriting is a skill,   offers 7 tips to develop your rewriting talents.


1. Preparation 
This starts before you write one single word in your first draft. Preparation is key. You need know your concept, story, characters, themes, and tone before you begin typing. This is called development. How do you accomplish this? Do your homework. See as much of the film through your own mind’s eye before you type a single world. Read ScreenCraft’s 5 Habits to Get Those Creative Juices Flowing for more on that. When you’re well prepared going in, you’ll have won rewrite battles before you have even started writing. 

2. Don’t Write Blindly

This hog wash of writing blindly or frantically non-stop with no looking back through the first draft will do you no favors as a screenwriter and will certainly get you no work as a professional. With the proper preparation that we’ve already covered, you should already have an overall idea where the stories and characters are going.

It’s not about knowing every detail going into the first draft. That will work against you because you’ll leave little to no room for discovery.

But you need to know the broad strokes from beginning, middle, and to the end. Writing blindly may work in certain mediums like literature, but for screenwriting — and the rather technical format with such restrictions (certain page count expectations, no inner thoughts, needing to write less than more, etc.) — it just doesn’t work. The eventual rewrite will prove to be TORTURE.

Have a general map in your mind (or on paper) to your destination. Feel free to veer from the set path to explore the unknown, but always be able to find your way back to that original path that you had set forth on.

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The Costumes of ‘Crimson Peak’ with Designer Kate Hawley

Kate Hawley, Guillermo Del Toro’s costume designer on “Pacific Rim” and “Crimson Peak,” has been doing science fiction action films until now. With “Crimson Peak” she gets to show off her skills with frills, and joined Variety’s David Cohen to reveal the hidden messages in the film’s elaborate gowns and dresses.

Crimson Peak

A Very Murray Christmas – Coming This Christmas

It’s not even Halloween but how could we resist sharing this?

This winter, Bill Murray brings an extra-special dose of holiday cheer to Netflix with the premiere of an all-star musically-driven holiday special, A Very Murray Christmas. Set inside New York City’s iconic Carlyle hotel, A Very Murray Christmas opens with Murray preparing to host a live, international holiday broadcast. After a blizzard shuts down the production, he makes the best of the situation by singing and celebrating with friends, hotel employees and anyone else who drops by.

Bill Murray

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