About writeroom

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far writeroom has created 535 blog entries.

Film Review: Beast: A Monster Among Men (2013)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Five friends head out on a getaway to a secluded cabin just outside of the Six Rivers National Forest. An argument forces the group apart and things begin to deteriorate quickly. As the night progresses, tensions build, and things are clearly not what they seem.The question each man must now ask …

The post Film Review: Beast: A Monster Among Men (2013) first appeared on HNN | Horrornews.net 2017 – Official Horror News Site


Source: Horror News

By | 2017-11-29T11:44:14+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Categories: Beast: A Monster Among Men, Blake Farris, Darren Flores, Film Reviews, Mike Lenzini, T.J. Lavin|Tags: |

Film Review: 2 Jennifer (2016)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Spencer, a young man in a slow spiral, has taken it upon himself to make a sequel to James Bressack’s original To Jennifer film. Only after it’s too late do others involved in the production understand exactly how far he’s willing to go to make the sequel he truly envisions. REVIEW: …

The post Film Review: 2 Jennifer (2016) first appeared on HNN | Horrornews.net 2017 – Official Horror News Site


Source: Horror News

Brit PM Blasts Donald Trump Retweets Of Violent Anti-Muslim Video From Far Right Org

British Prime Minister Theresa May has blasted President Donald Trump for his morning re-tweets of anti-Muslim messages put out by a far right group in May’s country, tweeted by a woman convicted of a hate crime.
The White House, meanwhile, has officially said it does not matter whether the videos are real, or fake. They illustrate what President Trump is talking about when it comes to border security, which is all that matters, the White House said in a statement.
Trump…
Source: DeadLine

By | 2017-11-29T11:44:10+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Categories: Breaking News, Donald Trump, Hate Crime, Politics, Theresa May, White House|Tags: |

3 Story Lessons from Christmas Movies

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher)

The season is approaching for a category of stories that have been beloved by audiences since the earliest days of film and television. Though America’s customs have shifted and melded throughout the decades, and a number of different religious traditions are celebrated in mid and late December, only one has amassed such a number of films to establish its own genre. I’m referring, of course, to the Christmas movie.

Wrapped presents, decorated trees, nativity sets, stockings, home-cooked food, and perhaps even a visit from Santa Claus himself are all tropes that create an environment of nostalgia and joy for many moviegoers. However, without a solid story behind them, these elements simply become archetypal window dressing. When done well, Christmas movies remind us of the reasons why this season has become so special to so many people. Here are three story lessons we can take from Christmas movies.

1. Family Issues Always Make Great Stories

Examples: Daddy’s Home 2, National Lampoon’s Christmas VacationA Christmas Story

For many, Christmas involves travel, carrying packages, and seeing relatives that we only encounter once a year. There’s a reason why we love to laugh at the difficult cousin that insists on talking politics at Christmas dinner – because so many of us have been there. The holiday season is a time when people express their love to the ones they’re closest to, but when emotions are running so high, there’s bound to be a few road blocks along the way. While conflict in families can work as a powerful tool in any film, finding an organic reason to put families in the same physical space can be challenging. Christmas is an ideal way to accomplish this, but certainly not the only way. Weddings, funerals, births, birthdays, anniversaries, and retirements are just a few ways you can force characters into the same room together.

2. We All Sometimes Feel Like Fish Out of Water

Examples: ElfRudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerFrosty the Snowman

The holidays are not a pleasant time for everyone. Some are confronted with the absence of family members who used to gather with them. Others are faced with their own loneliness. The emotions of the season can highlight what we don’t have instead of those things we should be thankful for. Stories that remind us that we all feel out of place at different times can be of great comfort. Seeing a character that struggles to connect with those around them can both make us laugh and make us cry. These stories create a sense of empathy within us and give us hope that others may have empathy for us. Most powerfully, they can bring assurances that we are not alone.

3. Moments of Reflection Are Universal

Examples: A Christmas CarolScroogedIt’s A Wonderful Life

The reflective holiday film has almost become a genre unto itself. There’s a reason these films seem to resonate with audiences year after year. Our lives feel busier every year. Things never seem to slow down. It never becomes easy to find the time to process and contemplate the experiences we’ve had – and yet we all continue to recognize the importance of it. Seeing characters stop and smell the roses, be confronted with the unhealthy ways they are living, and decide to turn over a new leaf give us hope that perhaps we, too, are capable of doing so. As with family stories, we must give characters a reason to pause their lives. While the holidays can be a great excuse for this – an illness, the death of a loved one, and being fired from a job are all other motivating factors in stories that revolve around a character who ends up experiencing a reflection.

~

John Bucher is a writer, speaker, and story consultant based out of Los Angeles. He is the author of several books including The Inside Out Story and Master of the Cinematic Universe: The Secret Code to Writing in the New World of Media. He has written for entities ranging from HBO to U.S.  Ambassadors. He teaches at The LA Film Studies Center and has conducted story seminars on five continents. He can be reached on Twitter @johnkbucher and through his site, tellingabetterstory.com.

Source: LA-Screenwriter

By | 2017-11-29T11:44:07+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Categories: General|Tags: |

BROKEN SPIRITS BY ELIZABETH ALLEN

AN INCONVENIENT MIRACLE BY KATHY ASPDEN

THINGS TO DO BEFORE LEAVING BY JAMES BYRNE

THE CATS SILOHUETTE BY NICHOLAS CHAR

JACK AND THE BOX STORE BY HEIDI FITZGERALD

FOR ELISE BY WILLIAM GAMMON

EDELWEISS BY ROSEMARY GRIGGS

DARKNESS IN TENEMENT 45 BY NICOLE GROTON

IF YOU WAIT BY NICOLE HARRIS

THE MISKIDS By WENDY J.N. LEE

SUMMER ENDS BY MELISSA MCCANN

SWOON BY CARRIE SIGGINS

HOWLER BY SYDNEY SMITH

JAN AIR BY WENDY STETSON

-17 Red- BY SERGIU VALCU

MEMELOOSE-D6 BY E.F. WINTERS

By | 2017-11-29T09:26:52+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Categories: General|

Film Review: Devil Girl (2007)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Fay is a small town girl on a cross country road trip, trying to escape her own reality after the death of her father. When her muscle car breaks down during a drag race she finds herself stranded along route 66 in an isolated desert town. Short on cash, she makes …

The post Film Review: Devil Girl (2007) first appeared on HNN | Horrornews.net 2017 – Official Horror News Site


Source: Horror News

By | 2017-11-28T22:44:49+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Categories: Devil Girl, Film Reviews|Tags: |

Film Review: The Watch (2012)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Four everyday suburban guys come together as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood – and the world – from total …

The post Film Review: The Watch (2012) first appeared on HNN | Horrornews.net 2017 – Official Horror News Site


Source: Horror News

‘The Flash’ & ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ Ends CW Crossover With Shocker

SPOILER ALERT: This story includes major details about the Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow crossover event.
The CW’s epic four-way superhero franchise crossover event culminated tonight on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The four-part series, titled “Crisis On Earth-X,” began with Supergirl before shooting into  Arrow, bolting into The Flash and then had its big finish on Legends. Amidst weddings, alternate Earths, evil doppelgangers, and an all-out…
Source: DeadLine

By | 2017-11-28T22:44:37+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Categories: Arrow, Breaking News, CW, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Special Episodes, Supergirl, The Flash|Tags: |

3 Basic Steps for Building Suspense in Your Screenplay

by Jeffrey Michael Bays (@BorgusFilm)

If someone were to say that they love your latest script, but it could use more suspense, what would you do? Suspense is a part of the storytelling craft that has traditionally been left to mysteries and thrillers. I’ve been saying for a while that any genre, including romantic comedy, can benefit from suspense. In fact, I use the romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail as an example of suspense in my book.

If your script does happen to be a romantic comedy, the suggestion of adding suspense may throw you for a loop. Lucky for you, I’ve boiled it down to three basic suspense-building steps that are guaranteed to keep your next audience riveted.

STEP 1 – SHARE A SECRET WITH THE AUDIENCE

Suspense really isn’t about knives, screams, and chases. It’s more about provoking your audience into getting involved. It’s about connecting with your audience, making them care, making them so involved in your story that they want to reach into the screen and help. You want them to be so enthralled by your story that they forget about Facebook and desperately follow every turn of your plot.

The easiest way to do this is to play upon a secret. Your protagonist knows a secret. This secret can be anything – a hidden pregnancy, trespassing on private property, or knowledge of a crime, etc. If this secret gets out to any of the other characters, it spells certain doom for their outcome.

Bring the audience into this secret. Make them feel privileged to have this private access to the protagonist. Then you can begin to play upon the prospect of the secret getting out and protagonist getting caught.

STEP 2 – TEASE WITH CLOSE-CALLS

Once you involve them in this dangerous secret, tease the audience about this secret getting out. This is where you write a close-call moment, where the protagonist forced to lie about the secret to another character who is very close to catching on. This lie provokes the viewer. We feel special, and our bond with the protagonist rises.

The key to increasing suspense is to milk this moment. Dance as close as possible to “getting caught,” but hold back at the last minute. This tease makes the audience anticipate and hang on, waiting for the excruciating inevitability, hoping that the secret will go undiscovered.

At the last minute, the danger goes away, and the secret is safe for now. The audience breathes a sigh of relief, and maybe even a giggle, that the protagonist has gotten away with it.

Close-call moments like these can be repeated. Each time the audience is pulled deeper and deeper into the protagonist’s situation. It becomes so real for us that we feel the urge to reach in. For some reason that kind of audience provocation is highly entertaining. It’s the same as jumping to your feet while watching your favorite football team get close to scoring.

In the gambling world there’s a psychological phenomenon called the Near Miss Effect. When a gambler sees three lemons lining up on a slot machine, but the third lemon spins away leaving only two, the gambler experiences a near miss. They believe they are now on a winning streak, and they try harder to win the next time. Psychologically they become addicted.

Just like the gambler gets addicted to their winning streak in the game of slots, you want your audience to become addicted to your story. Close-call moments get them hooked. How many do you need? You can write a couple of close-calls in Act 1, or several throughout your entire movie. The important thing is that eventually you do provide closure in a twist – the sleight of hand.

STEP 3 – FOOL THEM WITH A SLEIGHT OF HAND

Relieving the audience after a long and entertaining dance of close-calls is important. Somehow the danger should permanently subside by the end of your movie, otherwise the audience will feel like they’ve wasted their time.

But, Hitchcock said, “The bomb must never go off.” What he meant by that is that if you’ve led your audience to believe the bomb will go off, you must surprise them with a twist so that the bomb doesn’t. If the expected outcome actually happens, the viewer will feel cheated. They’ll never watch your movie again.

It’s exactly like a magician, convincing you that the coin is in his left hand and then opening it to reveal an empty hand. If the coin appears in the hand as expected – that’s no trick! In the same way, movie audiences want to be tricked after being held in suspense. If you surprise them with a clever sleight of hand in the end, they’ll love you for it.

~

Jeffrey Michael Bays is a writer, indie filmmaker, and YouTuber known as the “Hitchcock Whisperer.” His new book Suspense With a Camera guides screenwriters and filmmakers on a clear path through the sometimes confusing territory of suspense. Bays also created the award-winning Not From Space on XM Satellite Radio (2003).

Source: LA-Screenwriter

By | 2017-11-28T22:44:35+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Categories: General|Tags: |