Dorkstranger Film School

Oct 14

I finally have the chance to write and direct my first student film. You probably remember that this has been my dream since I was small. The time has come and I can’t wait to share my vision and stories with you and everyone else, but I need your help!
Specifically, I need $500.00!
You can help me raise money for 'INTRUDER' on GoFundMe here.
Thank you so much! You inspire me!

I finally have the chance to write and direct my first student film. You probably remember that this has been my dream since I was small. The time has come and I can’t wait to share my vision and stories with you and everyone else, but I need your help!

Specifically, I need $500.00!

You can help me raise money for 'INTRUDER' on GoFundMe here.

Thank you so much! You inspire me!

Oct 13

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Oct 08

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Oct 06

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Oct 02

Recommended Reading
Screenwriting 101: by FILM CRIT HULKIMHO this is the essential screenwriting book. If you don’t read anything else about screenwriting, read this book. You can switch between HULK TEXT and normal text. If you’ve never read FILM CRIT HULK, he writes in all caps. It’s his thing - but it’s easy to fix. 

Here’s his blog at Badass Digest.
For an uber-in-depth breakdown of screenwriting, check out: THE COMPLETE FILM CRIT HULK ARCHIVE
Jane in ProgressJane Espenson has worked on every single Joss Whedon show, (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse) Battlestar Galactica, Once Upon a Time, Torchwood, Caprica, Gilmore Girls, etc. Basically, all your favorite shows. 
johnaugust.comThis is the professional blog of screenwriter John August. His screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, Titan A.E., Charlie and Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. 
Basically, subscribe to his blog and read everything he posts. 
Scriptnotes (podcast)While you’re at it, subscribe to Scriptnotes, his free podcast with Craig Mazin. Mazin writes movies that everybody sees and lots of people love to hate. The archive episodes are available if you subscribe via Libsyn for $2.99 a month. This information and insight is kind of priceless, and unlike ANY other screenwriting advice you may have heard before. 
Nerdist Writers Panel (podcast)Here’s another fantastic podcast about screenwriting and the business of writing television. For those paying attention, Pixar writes their movies in a very similar fashion to a TV writer’s room, so if you wanna write on the same level as Pixar, you gotta listen to these folks. 
Children of Tendu (podcast)Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Jose Molina explain everything you need to know about working as a TV writer. Must listen, it’s only 13 episodes. 

Recommended Reading

Screenwriting 101: by FILM CRIT HULK
IMHO this is the essential screenwriting book. If you don’t read anything else about screenwriting, read this book. You can switch between HULK TEXT and normal text. If you’ve never read FILM CRIT HULK, he writes in all caps. It’s his thing - but it’s easy to fix. 

Here’s his blog at Badass Digest.

For an uber-in-depth breakdown of screenwriting, 
check out: THE COMPLETE FILM CRIT HULK ARCHIVE

Jane in Progress
Jane Espenson has worked on every single Joss Whedon show, (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse) Battlestar Galactica, Once Upon a Time, Torchwood, Caprica, Gilmore Girls, etc. Basically, all your favorite shows. 

johnaugust.com
This is the professional blog of screenwriter John August. His screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, Titan A.E., Charlie and Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. 

Basically, subscribe to his blog and read everything he posts. 

Scriptnotes (podcast)
While you’re at it, subscribe to Scriptnotes, his free podcast with Craig Mazin. Mazin writes movies that everybody sees and lots of people love to hate. The archive episodes are available if you subscribe via Libsyn for $2.99 a month. This information and insight is kind of priceless, and unlike ANY other screenwriting advice you may have heard before. 

Nerdist Writers Panel (podcast)
Here’s another fantastic podcast about screenwriting and the business of writing television. For those paying attention, Pixar writes their movies in a very similar fashion to a TV writer’s room, so if you wanna write on the same level as Pixar, you gotta listen to these folks. 

Children of Tendu (podcast)
Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Jose Molina explain everything you need to know about working as a TV writer. Must listen, it’s only 13 episodes. 

Sep 30

Raiders (Video)
(Note: This posting is for educational purposes only.)

At some point you will say to yourself or someone THIS LOOKS AMAZING IN BLACK AND WHITE and it’s because Douglas Slocombe shot THE LAVENDER HILL MOB and the THE SERVANT and his stark, high-contrast lighting style was eye-popping regardless of medium.

Raiders (Video)

(Note: This posting is for educational purposes only.)

At some point you will say to yourself or someone THIS LOOKS AMAZING IN BLACK AND WHITE and it’s because Douglas Slocombe shot THE LAVENDER HILL MOB and the THE SERVANT and his stark, high-contrast lighting style was eye-popping regardless of medium.

Scriptnotes Episode 164: link
Craig and John talk with Guardians co-writer Nicole Perlman about the development of this summer’s blockbuster, and her two years as part of Marvel’s in-house writing program. It’s a great look at how movies get started, and the dozens of drafts you didn’t see on the big screen.

Scriptnotes Episode 164: link

Craig and John talk with Guardians co-writer Nicole Perlman about the development of this summer’s blockbuster, and her two years as part of Marvel’s in-house writing program. It’s a great look at how movies get started, and the dozens of drafts you didn’t see on the big screen.

“As an audience, you’re rooting not really for the Quarter Back to throw the winning touchdown, but for the Quarter Back to kiss his wife at the end. That’s the emotional payoff…” — John August quoting Lindsay Doran

Sep 27

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