What is a parody? Is it a joke? Is it a mock of a famous work? We’re going to get to the bottom of those questions by breaking down the history of parodies – as well as by looking at some famous parody examples in film and literature. By the end, you’ll know what makes… Continue reading What is a Parody — Definition and Examples in Film
The term “postmodernism” gets thrown around a lot. Anything that seems to buck normal conventions or breaks the fourth wall tends to receive the label, but what is postmodernism really? For this blog, we’ll look into the history of postmodernism as well as its place in the cinematic landscape today. We’ll examine several postmodern films,… Continue reading What is Postmodernism? Definition and Examples for Filmmakers
The dinner scene. We’re all familiar with an awkward dinner, but some films elevate this mundane practice into pure art. Screenwriting is all about writing what you know, and these writers knew the dinner table was an ideal place for horror, dramatic irony, and comedy. These are the best dinner scenes in movies of all… Continue reading Best Dinner Scenes in Movies and Why They Work
Before a movie or a TV show begins, we’ve already made a critical judgment on its tone, whether we think of it at the moment or not. That’s because every visual story is prefaced with opening credits, a title card, title sequence, or both. The opening credits or title sequence of a movie have an… Continue reading Movie Opening Credits: How to Make a Great Title Sequence
What is a subgenre? If you are familiar with what a genre is, then you are already halfway there, but there might be more to subgenres than meets the eye. In this post, we will be providing a definition for “subgenre”, looking at examples of subgenres, and exploring how multiple genres and subgenres can nest… Continue reading What is a Subgenre?
The Austin Powers opening scene is one of the most memorable comedic set pieces in film history. With skydiving, motorcycles and exploding helicopters, it’s an incredibly detailed shoot, and the only way the Austin Powers 3 opening scene was even possible was with detailed storyboarding. In this co-production with Sundance Co//ab, Director Jay Roach shares… Continue reading Storyboarding the Austin Powers 3 Opening Scene with Director Jay Roach
Being a comedy writer isn’t easy. Even if you’re a director, knowing what’s funny and what’s not, isn’t always easy. Comedy is mostly subjective, but if you’re trying to write, direct, or even act in a comedy, there are some techniques that might help. So what is comedy? We’ll give our comedy definition, examples of… Continue reading What is Comedy? Defining it Through Technique and Subjectivity
What is a StoryboardHow to StoryboardStoryboard ExamplesStoryboard SoftwareStoryboard TemplatesCreate Storyboard → You’ve got a big shoot coming up. You want to visualize the scenes you plan to shoot but you’re wondering how to make a storyboard that touches on everything a good one should. Drawing and formatting fears, technical limitations, concerns about budget — there… Continue reading How to Make a Storyboard — Ultimate Guide & FREE Templates