All About Movies

The Twisted Usual Suspects

When I heard about the Blind Spot Series blogathon over at The Matinee I knew I would participate this year. I loved the idea of concentrating on 12 foreign and classic movies that every movie lover must see. My list for 2014 is here and I've included some modern misses and Asian films from my watchlist as well. As a modern classic… Continue reading The Twisted Usual Suspects

A Month in Summary, Book Club Chatter

Links Amongst A Writing Storm

If this is your first time to my blog then you've landed in a post rich month! During the month of April I'm participating in a challenge to blog everyday of the month (except Sundays) and I've chosen characters to highlight. It's a fun topic where I get to focus on what I love but it… Continue reading Links Amongst A Writing Storm

All About Movies, Purely Production

I Am Dragon, Hear Me Roar

A stellar actor can elevate the worst tripe, while special effects tend to plasticize story, yet the right art direction will add to not only the world but the characters as well. Purely Production is a monthly post where I explore the different elements that affect a finished media, for good or ill. We’ll forget… Continue reading I Am Dragon, Hear Me Roar

A Few TV Thoughts, All About Movies, Book Reviews

I Wanna be Popular too, step #7.

In the end, climax with them. There is a reason every story has an antagonist, even if it isn't always a human being. To them (the audience) seeing the protagonist overcome, survive or triumph speaks to their own journey. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work can be popular too. In step… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too, step #7.

A Few TV Thoughts, All About Movies, Book Reviews

I Wanna Be Popular Too, Step #6.

Brutalize them during the plot. There's a reason reality television is still popular today. Part of it is the smaller production costs but the other reason is the audience (them) are fascinated by any story that could possibly be true. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work can be popular too. In… Continue reading I Wanna Be Popular Too, Step #6.

A Few TV Thoughts, All About Movies, Book Reviews

I Wanna be Popular too, step #5.

Invest them in the world. A new writer understands the world must impress them (the audience) it’s real. A classic mistake is to believe for it to feel genuine their simulation must copy every aspect of our day-to-day lives. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work can be popular too. In step… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too, step #5.

A Few TV Thoughts, All About Movies, Book Reviews

I Wanna be Popular too, step #4.

Show them a unique protagonist. To be unique or not to be…that is the question on every writer’s mind when developing their protagonist. Are Andy, Bella and Don really so different compared to them (the audience) that they should be popular? With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work can be popular too.… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too, step #4.

A Few TV Thoughts, All About Movies, Book Reviews

I Wanna be Popular too, step #3.

Touch them using theme. Theme unifies a work’s plot and character arcs in a relevant way for them (the audience). If a work is popular you’ll find at it’s heart a theme any and every audience can relate to, no matter the subject matter. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work can… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too, step #3.

A Few TV Thoughts, All About Movies, Book Reviews

I Wanna be Popular too, step #2.

Use point of view to seduce them. Point of view is the window through which the audience (them) interacts with a work. A writer can go to a lot of effort to craft a point of view that should be relatable, but their work isn't popular. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work can… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too, step #2.

A Few TV Thoughts, All About Movies, Book Reviews

I Wanna be Popular too, step #1.

Commit them in the setup. To be popular a work draws them (the audience) into their world and inspires them to participate in the plot with the characters. Everyone knows this but it’s not concrete enough to help a writer much with their own work. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too, step #1.

Discussions

I Wanna be Popular too: A Series

Or 7 Steps to Engaging the Audience... As a writer I've always desired to understand why a particular work is popular. If you ask a cross-section of your friends, you can gather a list of appealing elements they all agree they related to. When you delve into why those engaged their affections their reasons can… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too: A Series