11 Easy Steps To Screenwriting Failure
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A Guide To Writing Evil Characters
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A Guide To Writing Evil Characters  via FilmCourage.com - Watch the video on Youtube here.

0:00 – Intro
0:26 – 1. The Conflict In Every Human Heart
1:34 – 2. Where Do Writers Go Wrong?
6:39 – 3. Lure Of The Darkside
8:26 – 4. Evil Characters We Root For
16:01 – 5. Techniques For Creating Empathy
22:17 – 6. Karma Deflector
24:16 – 7. Dark Vs Light
31:22 – 8. A Few More Examples
34:41 – 9. The Most Powerful Evil Character


29 Screenwriting Mistakes - Are You Guilty of Any?
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"I'm Not Done" Rapper/Hip Hop Artist Ya Boy Rich Rocka Talks Acting, Music and More
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See the whole video series here from the set of LIMELIGHT Movie

ABOUT LIMELIGHT MOVIE:

In a society obsessed with fame, validation, and social media, one small-town narcissist pulls out all the stops in his pursuit of absolute stardom.






What is it About the Salsa Dance World that Attracts Many to the Point of Addiction?
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“At some point in the making of this film I asked myself, what is it about the salsa dance world that attracts many to the point of addiction, often avoiding alcohol or other drugs because these substances interfere with their deeper addiction? I found that some got their start growing up in a home where Latin dance was simply a part of life. Others started by going in search of social possibilities, and others went looking to fill a void in their lives. But when music and motion come together in this form of Latin street dance, something else takes hold and leads to places few, including myself, have regretted going…(read more of the Director’s statement here)”

Edwin Gailits

Filmmaker, COLD NIGHTS HOT SALSA



COLD NIGHTS HOT SALSA takes you inside the international dance world of Victor and Katia, aspiring young salsa dancers from Montreal, who seek to win a World Salsa Championship.





Cold Nights Hot Salsa Trailer FF from Edwin Gailits on Vimeo.

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Callan McAuliffe Reveals His Dream Acting Role and A Lot More
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Watch the trailer to Callan’s new film ANONYMOUS here on Youtube.

Anonymous | In Theaters Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Directed by: Akan Satayev

Written and Produced by: Sanzhar Sultan

Starring: Callan McAuliffe, Lorraine Nicholson, Daniel Eric Gold, 
and Clifton Collins Jr.






ANONYMOUS follows Alex Danyliuk (McAuliffe) a teenager learning the ins and outs of computer programming. When his family hits financial trouble, he turns to a life of online crime and identity theft, fueled by rage at the banking institutions’ status quo.

Along the way he meets Sye (Gold), a street-wise hustler who introduces him to the world of black market trading, and Kira (Nicholson) a young hacker secretly working as an FBI mole. After quickly finding success in causing financial market chaos, they gain the attention of Z (Collins Jr.) – a mysterious, masked figure, who’s the head of an online crime group, and a number one target by the FBI.

ANONYMOUS is directed by Akan Satayev, written by Sanzhar Sultan, and co-written by Timur Zhaksylykov. Produced by Sanzhar Sultan. Executive produced by Jai Khanna, Loudon Owen and Akan Satayev. Cinematography by Pasha Patriki. Editing by Alex Marquez. Casting by Laray Mayfield and Julie Schubert.

RT: 95min / Rated R





How We Shot A Feature Film With A Sony F55 and An Alexa by Megan Riakos of CRUSHED Movie
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Now on iTunes! – CRUSHED movie from writer/director Megan Riakos

Synopsis:

After her father dies in an eerie accident at the family’s winery, Ellia returns home from the big city to tend to the remaining members of her disaffected family. The death is eventually ruled a homicide, with Ellia’s mother emerging as the prime suspect. Ellia takes matters into her own hands, compelled to discover the true story behind her father’s death. But the family and small-town secrets that emerge are more than she bargained for. Australia’s stunning wine country is the backdrop for this thrilling murder mystery from Director Megan Riakos.

CRUSHED – 111 minutes – Mystery thriller
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Starring: Les Hills, Sarah Bishop, Roxane Wilson
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A Documentary About Language, Landscape and Idealism Lost–SIX MONTHS TO SALVATION by Lorenzo Benitez
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A Documentary About Language, Landscape and Idealism Lost – SIX MONTHS TO SALVATION by Lorenzo Benitez

Film Courage: Where did you grow up?

Lorenzo Benitez: I was born in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, and lived there for the first eight years of my life before my family migrated to Sydney, Australia. I spent my entire adolescence in the latter, which is why I like to think of it as where I did all my real growing up. So despite being born in Manila, I’m much more inclined to call Sydney my “hometown.”

I am the eldest of three children: the other two are still in high school. We have a mother and a father who’re still together. Despite our atypical international upbringing, I’d say we’re otherwise a fairly nuclear family.


Film Courage: Where are you currently studying? What is your major?

Lorenzo: I’m currently at Cornell University, where I’m studying for a B.A. as a double-major in Philosophy and Economics. I initially contemplated studying film to some extent, but that probably would’ve been redundant. After all, I think it was Werner Herzog who said that making your debut film is as beneficial as, if not more educational than, any form of film school. Actually, it wouldn’t surprise if there’s a whole list of filmmakers who’ve said something to that effect.

Film Courage: Was this your first time as a volunteer abroad? What made you want to volunteer?

Lorenzo: This was not my first time. When I was still in high school, I returned to the Philippines as part of a three-week service trip that visited a number of impoverished and marginalized communities in Manila and the surrounding regions. In all earnestness, the cognitive dissonance I sensed between the Manila I saw over those weeks and the Manila I had inhabited for eight years profoundly affected me. So, even though some who’ve watched Six Months to Salvation probably think I have a low regard for overseas volunteer programs, this isn’t the truth. I volunteered for Thailand because I had previously benefited from a very rewarding and, excuse the cliché, eye-opening volunteer experience. Also, I have to admit another factor that influenced my decision was I needed an altruistic reason to justify taking a gap year before starting university.


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$1,000. One Day, One Location and Two Actors – Story Behind BEING THOMAS – Q and A with Mario Mattei
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Film Courage: Where did you grow up?

Mario Mattei: I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona in a pretty good home among rowdy friends.

Film Courage: Favorite films as a child?

Mario: As a child I liked Back to the Future, Flight of the Navigator, and The Never Ending Story. These stories took me away from the mundane and into unlikely adventures. As I grew into my teens I loved Dazed and Confused, Pulp Fiction, Braveheart, and then Matrix.

“I’ve had the opportunity to be around some very wealthy, high-level successful individuals, and while much is admirable in them, I’ve also seen the sacrifices they’ve made to be at the top. I define success differently. Overall fulfillment is what I seek. I really do enjoy making good money, but it’s about 1/5th of the total picture: Faith/Spiritual; Personal Growth; Relationships; Health; Wealth.”

Mario Mattei, BEING THOMAS

Film Courage: What is your day job?

Mario: I do film and video full time: documentary, corporate, and commercial. I travel for work frequently, but I keep it balanced. I spend evenings with my family most nights, and we do a lot together on the weekends. I’ve had the opportunity to be around some very wealthy, high-level successful individuals, and while much is admirable in them, I’ve also seen the sacrifices they’ve made to be at the top. I define success differently. Overall fulfillment is what I seek. I really do enjoy making good money, but it’s about 1/5th of the total picture: Faith/Spiritual; Personal Growth; Relationships; Health; Wealth.

Film Courage: How did you begin collaborating with Aman Johnson (the writer of BEING THOMAS)?

Mario: Aman came to my house to buy a vacuum off Craig’s List from my wife. We got to talking and hit if off. We got coffee. I thought we’d scheme about how to get more client work together, but it turned out he wanted to discuss passion projects. I told him I was working on a story idea and that I’d like to collaborate with writers. He said he loved writing. I asked him what kind of stories he wanted to make and he said meaningful ones with rich relational dynamics. I was on board with that. It was like Nacho Libre saying, “Me too!” to everything Encarnacion said she liked (except that Aman looks nothing like Encarnacion). I started telling him the idea for BEING THOMAS and immediately he began refining it and owning it. I stopped the meeting by saying, “Ok, how about you just go right now while you’re inspired and write a treatment!”

Film Courage: How long did it take the two of you to write the first draft?

Mario: Well, Aman, might need to correct me. I think we spent about a month on the script. He wrote a treatment and we talked it over, then his first draft script was really good, but we hammered it out to perfection. I read it daily and envisioned the story whenever I had free mental space. Aman put a lot into making a brilliant script. I was determined that I would NOT make a film if I didn’t have a solid script and solid actors.

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Quest For Greatness Is Going To Be An Isolated Journey by Miles Teller of BLEED FOR THIS Movie
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Quest For Greatness Is Going To Be An Isolated Journey by Miles Teller via FilmCourage.com.

BLEED FOR THIS in theaters this Friday!

About the film:

The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he’d ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks.





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